The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1855

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p.2 Port Hope Harbor - One of the most extraordinary charges against the government, made by the opposition, is that in reference to the 10,000 pound grant to Port Hope Harbor. It is alleged that the application for this sum was granted as a special favor to the member for Victoria, to secure to the administration that gentleman's support. The case of the Brownites must be desperate when resort is had to so paltry a ruse.

A harbor of refuge between Toronto and Kingston has long been demanded. A number of petitions have from time to time been sent in, praying the Government to undertake, or aid, in the construction of such a harbor. This demand has at length been acceded to, and we are sure that all persons engaged in the navigation of Lake Ontario, or interested in its shipping, will hear with pleasure of the action of the Government in the matter, as those concerned in the shipping of the upper lakes have learned with satisfaction the proposal to assist to improve the navigation of the Flats by a grant of 500,000 pounds.

Of the Port Hope Harbor, as it will be when constructed, the Pilot, a Port Hope newspaper, says:-

"The wharfage will present a length of seven thousand, seven hundred and sixty feet - upwards of a mile and a half, at any point of which the largest class of vessels navigating these lakes, may load or unload, the inner protected area of the Harbor containing upwards of twenty acres. The depth of water throughout the whole of the inner basin (which is nearly finished) will be eleven feet, and in the outer, twelve feet - the piers on the lake front running out into a depth of twenty feet water, and thus effectually preventing the action of the lower volume of water, or ground swell, washing sand or gravel into the harbor. An extent of piling grounds and sites for warehouses, equal to about twenty-two acres, will be formed, and the connections with the railway, at the intersecting streets of the town, will be such, that the loading and unloading of freight can be conducted at the minimum of labor and expense. On the west side of the harbor, a row of warehouses may be built, to receive the wheat in this town, from all the floors of which, the grain can be run into vessels at the docks without handling. The plans are such also as to admit of the most convenient and economical connection with the Grand Trunk Line, and if indeed the managers of that project can ever be induced to part with any portion of their freighting business, for shipment at any port on Lake Ontario, such facilities can be offered at Port Hope as no other place will be able to compete with.

The operations on the new Harbor will be carried on this season with redoubled vigor, by the practical and enterprising contractor, Mr. Weir, who possesses the skill, the energy, the friends, and the means to undertake and complete such a great public improvement in a prompt and unexceptionable manner. It is our intention to watch and report the progress made in this vast undertaking from time to time, as occasion may require.

The Queen's Birthday at Oswego - The Oswego Daily Times of Thursday evening says:- The steamer May Flower is today decorated with flags in honor of the day, among which the stars and stripes are prominently seen. The Queen was born May 24th, 1819, and is accordingly thirty-six years old today. At two o'clock this afternoon, quite a large number of our most respectable citizens, together with gentlemen residing in this city connected with Canadian Commercial Houses, sat down to a splendid collation prepared by the gentlemanly officers of the Canadian Steamer Mayflower on board of that boat. Hilarity and good feeling reigned supreme at the entertainment. The cloth being removed and several appropriate toasts given, the guests departed, cordially wishing many happy returns of the day to the noble woman who occupies the British Throne, and prosperity to their hospitable entertainers."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1855