The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 8, 1855

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p.2 Tolls on the Sault Ste Marie Canal - The present State tariff of tolls is fixed at the minimum of 4 cents per ton measurement, which would give on an ordinary schooner $10 to $15; on a brig, $17.50 to $20; on a large propeller, $30, and on side wheel steamers $40 to $50. The means of getting boats and propellers through the canal is, of course, by the use of their wheels, but sail vessels require to be towed, and for that purpose horses will be required; the expense of towage falls, of course, upon the vessels. A wide and handsome tow-path has been made upon the right bank of the work, and a corresponding heel-path on the left bank. On the 21st ult., the day on which the State authorities were upon the works, there was twelve feet eight inches of water at the head of the upper pier and twelve feet five inches in depth at the lower dock; consequently any vessel, no matter how heavily laden, which has ever navigated the Western waters, could pass up and down with ease, as the locks are seventy feet in width and three hundred and fifty feet in length in the clear. The average class of steamers do not draw over nine feet, loaded.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 8, 1855