The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1857

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p.2 Eastern Entrance To Toronto Harbour

On Friday afternoon the Harbor Commissioners, with some gentlemen interested in the Lake navigation, started in Captain Moody's tug to examine the feasibility of an eastern entrance. After proceeding from Gooderham's Mills across to the mouth of the Don, the tug, after crossing the bar, where about 6 1/2 feet was sounded, found there was on the Gut or Bar, about 300 feet from the mouth of the Don, only 4 1/2 feet or 5 feet of water, and consequently could proceed no further. The commissioners then took the boat belonging to the Harbor and rowed through the large pond to Ashbridge's Bay, and thence to the Bar formed at the outside of Ashbridge's Bay, connected with the Lake. On this Bar, 3 feet of water on hard bottom was found, running out easterly; at 300 feet 10 to 12 feet water was sounded; beyond that, it deepened rapidly into the Lake. Through the large pond, from 5 to 6 1/2 feet was found; and in Ashbridge's bay from 12 to 14 feet in general. It was the opinion of nearly all that a channel cut, commencing inside the Bay, and running about 50 feet south of Gooderham's Mills, through the large pond and Ashbridge's Bay, keeping to the north side and terminating at the end of the Bar, close to the main land, was the most feasible as then viewed. By the channel a tow path might be constructed nearly all the way on main land. After spending about 4 hours about the Bay and Pond, the party returned to Gooderham's wharf, about 7 o'clock. In connection with the above sounding, it should be remembered that the water in the Bay is 38 inches higher than at any time during the last five years. [Globe]

A Safe & Simple Method of Life Saving - build paddle-wheel boxes like life rafts. [Toronto Colonist]

p.3 yacht Belle sold to Mr. W.G. Draper for 140 pounds.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1857