The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 25, 1872

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The energetic action of our Government in relation to the Welland Canal is marked with considerable apprehension by our American friends. The Buffalo Commercial says:

The Canadian Government is pushing forward the preliminary work for enlarging the Welland Canal as rapidly as possible. From the local papers we learn that the necessary improvements for securing an increased supply of water for use in the enlarged canal has been in progress during the greater part of the summer. The harbours of Ports Dalhousie and Colborne are being deepened and improved. When these improvements shall be completed, the Canadian authorities expect the ports at each end of this canal to be among the best on the chain of lakes. Particular attention, it is said, is being paid to making them safe places for vessels to enter and depart from in heavy weather. The feeder, which commences at Port Maitland and Dunville, and debouches into the Welland, near the town of the same name, is also to be enlarged and deepened. Tenders for this work are now invited by the Dominion Government.

It is the expectation of the Ministry to commence work on the canal proper soon after the close of navigation. It has been thought by many on this side that the Canadians would never undertake these extensive improvements, or, at least that they would not commence them for some time to come. But from the above, it will be seen that the preliminary work has already been commenced, and that the prospect for the entire completion of the improvements within a reasonable length of time is fair.

In view of what the Canadians are doing and purpose doing, it is plainly the policy of our people to make corresponding improvements in the canal system of this State. The Canal Board should promptly decide to abandon the worthless and expensive laterals, and proper measures should be taken for securing an enlargement of the trunk canals without unnecessary delay.

Marine News

Messrs. Jones and Miller's wharf - The barge Beaupre leaves for Montreal with 11,000 bushels of corn.

Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie's wharf - Arrivals - Schooners New Dominion, from Toledo, 11,690 bushels of corn; Trinidad, from Chicago, 21,556 bushels of do.; barge Onandaga, from Montreal, 969 bars of railroad iron. The schooner Annie Craig sailed for Port Colborne with 1,414 bars of railroad iron.

Montreal Transportation Co.'s wharf - Arrivals - Schooners Iona, from Consecon, 3,843 bushels of wheat; Telegraph, from Toledo, 13,652 bushels of corn; J.R. Noyes, from Chicago, 20,658 bushels of corn; Mary, from Toledo, 15,000 bushels of do. The barque Arabia is loading pig iron for Chicago.

Messrs. James Swift and Co.'s wharf - The Royal Mail steamer passed up, and the steamer Magnet and propreller St. Lawrence down. The steamer Louisa arrived from and departed for Ottawa yesterday.

Marine Railway - A centre board is being made here for the schooner Norris, to replace the one carried away in a late gale on Lake Erie. The schooner Agnes is loading a portion of the cargo of lumber of the schooner Alpha (on the ways repairing), consigned to Oswego.

Port Colborne, Sept. 24th - Down - Props. Lawrence, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Brooklyn, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Elgin, Cleveland, Brockville, stone; bk Montgomery, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; schr. Lathrop, Saginaw, Ogdensburg, lumber; G. Smith, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; J.E. Gilmore, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Coquette, Pt. Sanilac, Oswego, hoops; Tom Martin, Toledo, Kingston, corn.

Up - Schrs. M.L. Collins, Oswego, Toledo, coal; Eureka, Toronto, Erie, barley; Lively, Cape Vincent, Cleveland, iron ore; Emerald, Kingston, Chicago, salt; barge Mariner, scow Fenton, schrs. Maise (sic -Maize ?), Augusta, Hungerford, Todman, Midnight, Pt. Colborne, Cleveland, light.

p.2 The Equinoctials - A heavy gale, one of the equinoctials which are annually felt to a more or less extent, set in last evening about six o'clock, and until midnight continued to gradually increase. About twelve o'clock the wind blew with great alacrity (about 30 miles an hour, according to the observations of Mr. S. Wisels, at the weather signal office) and prevailed with unmodified severity till this morning, when the rain somewhat calmed the storm. Still a stiff south breeze and a brisk sea continued throughout the day, detaining steam and sailing craft bound upward. During the night several schooners dragged anchors, and the Union Jack, grain laden, broke loose from her moorings and drifted down against the Cataraqui Bridge, which she struck, but sustained only slight damage. A raft of timber, owned by Mr. Coburn, of Toronto, lying at Messrs. Stewart and Holcomb's wharf, gave indications that unless removed it would be smashed by the turbulent waves which lashed over it in white foam. The tug Lady Franklin took one half of it to the dockyard at Point Frederick, and the other half alongside the Martello Tower for shelter. No other marine disasters are reported.

Breaching - 2 crewmen arrested on str. Passport for opening packages. [Montreal Star]

A Happy Thought - about women using paper from bustle to prevent boat collision (by burning it as signal).

Increase of Tonnage - The introduction of a large number of new vessels the present season upon the Northern lakes, the majority of them exceeding in tonnage those in former years, will swell the aggregate of any season of ship building. At different points a large number have been launched within a few days past and will soon start out on their maiden voyage. Between this and the close of navigation the keels of a large number are to be laid down to be ready for commerce on the approach of the coming year. Nothwithstanding the introduction of numerous barges, both steam and sail, it has caused no diminution in the construction of both two and three-masted schooners. [Detroit Free Press]

Quick Passage - The schooner B. Eveleigh, Capt. Dorify ?, with a cargo of wheat for Millison & Hastings, made the passage in 3 1/2 days. She was 24 hours in Welland Canal. What vessel has ever beaten this?

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 25, 1872