p.2 Survey Of The Harbor - There appears in the last report of the proceedings of the Common Council, a statement that the Corporation is about to have a survey made of Kingston harbor. It is singular that a work of such obvious necessity should have been so long deferred; and we trust that no time will be lost in carrying out the design. Although the commerce of Lake Ontario is very extensive, yet there is not a single chart of the lake worthy of confidence, except one published by the Admiralty many years ago, which, besides being on such a small scale as to be of little practical value, is only to be procured in London. The want of a good chart is amply illustrated every year at Kingston, by the spectacle of steamers aground in the middle of the bay, where there is nothing to mark the shoal there; barges loaded with valuable cargoes of wheat and flour, stranded on Point Frederick, where the soundings are unknown, and occasionally schooners fast on Snake Island bar; a danger placed in the very entrance to the harbor, which runs under water for nearly a mile, and is quite sure to catch any stranger who is unprovided with the local knowledge necessary to avoid it. The loss and inconvenience arising from this cause, might be in a great measure remedied, if the authorities at the principal lakeports would each procure a reliable survey of their own harbor, made by a competent man, containing not only a delineation of the harbor itself and the shoals in and near it, but also correct soundings of the channels, bays and shoals. Kingston is, undoubtedly, one of the best, if not the very best on Lake Ontario; capable of being entered and left with any wind that blows, and, in fact, only wants to be correctly surveyed, to make it safely accessible without a pilot. This is a matter of great importance to the people and trade of Kingston, and the accomplishment of it would entitle the corporation to the gratitude of the shipping interests of the city.
March 12, 1853