The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 4, 1862

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p.2 Gunboats For the Lakes - rumors that British to bring up 21 gun frigates through canals.

Trade of Chicago and Montreal - (Mr. Falconer, formerly of Kingston, now a commission merchant in Chicago); projected to build a line of propellers to run from Port Dalhousie to Quebec;

"We are far from thinking Mr. Merritt's scheme futile, but the general opinion here seems to be that owing to the great difference between the cost of barges and sailing vessels, if forwarders were fully equipped with stock, the transportation of grain to Montreal could be more cheaply effected by barges than by sailing vessels. The argument becomes cumulative when applied to propellers, and during a busy season it is certainly more advantageous to keep sailing and steam vessels on the lakes. A class of barges such as the Messrs. Chaffey use, capable of being employed in the lumber or grain trade as occasion may require, are built very cheaply by them in the neighborhood of their mills on the Rideau; and are deemed the most remunerative description employed in the forwarding business, since from the comparatively small amount of money invested in them, they can at any time compete with more expensive craft, or in the event of an entire suppression of trade be engaged in carrying lumber on the Rideau or elsewhere where a light draught is required."...

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 4, 1862