The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 6, 1872

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p.2 Important Enterprise - It will be remembered that a short time ago a deputation of gentlemen interested in the deepening of the Rideau Canal, waited upon the Dominion Government in reference thereto. In consequence of the representations made upon that occasion, the Government have already given directions for the erection of a dam a long distance above Buttermilk Falls, by which the retention of water, 6 1/2 feet deep, and twenty five square miles of surface in dry seasons will be permanently secured, providing that the dam receives proper care, and that of course must be seen to. This dam has already been built under the superintendence of one deeply interested in the trade of the canal. Having secured this, Mr. George Morton has been the means of establishing a connection through the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburgh Railroad, and the entire net work of its connections, by means of which the entire produce of sawed lumber from Ottawa City and intermediate points to Kingston, can be distributed at competing rates with any other route, which will effectually divert this vast trade from all points to Troy, Albany and southward. The only difficulty now in the way is the lack of sufficient canal tonnage to carry this property to Cape Vincent, where the railway will take care of it. A million feet of timber per day during the navigable season will be under the capacity of Ottawa City alone to produce. We also understand that all the carrying craft of the Messrs. Chaffey, not otherwise chartered, have been engaged for this undertaking. Kingston must derive considerable benefit from this branch of industry, and great credit is due to Mr. Morton for his energy and perseverance in the matter.

-A contract for the improvement of Port Colborne has been awarded to George Neilson, of Belleville.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 6, 1872