The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 3, 1854

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p.2 The Welland Canal - After a season of unparalled prosperity, this work closed on the 15th inst., says the St. Catherines Constitutional, official orders having been issued along the line to that effect. That some idea of the eight months' business may be formed at a distance, we give the following statement, showing the number of steamers and sailing vessels passed through the canal in 1852 and 1853:-

Up Down Total

British American British American

1852 587 1,343 604 1,320 3,883

1853 705 1,431 665 1,425 4,236

in fav '53 118 89 71 (sic) 71 (sic) 105 (sic)

Total tonnage for 1853 847,200

The above, it will be borne in mind, does not include the way traffic, scow tonnage, or lumber, etc., rafted through, which forms no mean item in the amount of tolls regularly published, but is exclusively made up of steam and sailing vessels, averaging a burthen of 200 tons. It will be seen that of the 4,236 vessels passed up and down during the season, 2,856 were American bottoms, being a fraction over two-thirds of the entire number! But it is a gratifying feature in the return that it shows a very large proportionate increase in the number of British vessels using the canal, over that of the American.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 3, 1854