The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1855

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p.2 In reference to direct ship navigation between the Upper Lakes and Europe, the Chicago Times, with some show of reason, very sensibly observes that, not withstanding the barque Arabia, has arrived at Chicago, direct from Liverpool, where she landed a cargo of wheat, direct shipment from Europe to the Lakes will not pay, because, a vessel built for the Lake trade, and gauged for passing through the Canal, and entering the various Lake harbours, cannot, with safety, carry a cargo sufficiently large to pay expenses. Sea-going vessels are constructed very differently from those for the Lake trade. The former are built sharp, and of a great depth of hold, and when loaded down could not pass the Canal, the Flats, nor enter any port on the Lakes. The Arabia could not take out a sufficiently heavy cargo to pay well. When loaded down to her customary depth for Lake Navigation, she was pronounced unseaworthy. It is altogether plain that the idea of continuous water navigation, from Chicago to Europe is one that cannot be realized, in a paying point of view.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1855