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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1874

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p.1 The New Welland Canal

(Editor Oswego Times)

The Board of Trade are in receipt, from Mr. Charles P. Morse, contractor on the Welland Canal enlargement, of a map and sketch tracing, showing the route of the new canal from Marlott's Pond, above Thorold, to Lake Ontario, and the enlargement of the old route from Marlott's Pond to Port Colborne on Lake Erie.

By the map it appears there is to be an entirely new and separate canal from Marlott's Pond to Port Dalhousie, and an enlargement of the old work from the Pond to Lake Erie.

The whole line will be fed from Lake Erie. The new line, from Lake to Lake, will be nearly one mile shorter than the old line, and will have one lock less.

The dimensions of the new canal and locks will be as follows, as stated by Mr. Morse:

The prism of the canal will have 100 feet bottom width, slopes of banks nine ? feet ?

height, height of banks 17 feet, and width from surface edge of tow path to the same of berm bank, 168 feet.

The locks are to be 280 feet long in chamber, 46 feet wide, and to have 14 feet water over mitre sill, and 12 feet lift which will allow a vessel to pass of 260 feet length, 45 feet width, and drawing 14 feet of water.

Such a vessel will easily carry 60,000 bushels of grain.

The whole line of canal will have at least 16 feet of water throughout, so that a vessel drawing 14 feet, with the water required to feed the line and the locks, will have no difficulty in passing, and no delay will be occasioned by a shortness in the water supply.

On the completion of this great work by the Dominion Government, Lake Ontario will be placed on a par with Lake Erie, so far as the carrying capacity of propellers and sail vessels is concerned, and the western business men and producers will very soon discover which is the cheapest route to tide water.

The work is mostly under contract, and is expected to be ready for navigation in 1877.

The Board is under obligation to Mr. Morse for the information he has so kindly afforded.

Sec'y Cheap Transportation Committee Jno. L. McWhorter

p.2 Police Court - The case of Dumphy against Capt. McGaw for wages was dismissed.

ad - Joseph Waddington's Steam Planing Mills and Sash & Door Factory, Ontario Street - "As a sample of work, the public are referred to the Canadian Navigation Company's splendid new steamer Algerian, the entire Joiner work of which came from this Establishment." Aug. 5th

p.3 Marine Intelligence

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - prop. Kincardine from Oswego; Celtic from Hamilton; Persia from St. Catharines; str. Algerian from Hamilton; prop. City of St. Catharines from Montreal; Lake Michigan, do.; str. Corinthian, do.

Loss of A Canal Boat With A Cargo of Ashes - The tug C.P. Morey, Capt. Pappa, left Belleville yesterday a.m. with the canal boats Jessie Peterson, W.H. Jemison and E.J. Vickey, laden with leached ashes for V.H. Burch. When some eight miles off this port, last night, the Vickey broke adrift, and the heavy seas opened her hatches, and she filled with water and sunk. After the tug towed in the other two boats into port, she went out and picked up the crew of the Vickey, who were found floating on the hatches. [Oswego Times]

Port Colborne, Aug. 4th - Down: barque Malta, Romney, Collins Bay, timber; steam barge Abercorn (sic), Detroit, Oswego, wheat; barque Canada, Toledo, Kingston, timber; prop. City of New York, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Victor, Toledo, Kingston, corn; schr. Queen of the North, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; schr. G.C. Trumpff, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; schr. Monterey, Sarnia, Clayton, staves.

Up: prop. Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo; steam-barge Belle P. Cross, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; barge Indian, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; barge Eureka, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; barge Church, Ogdensburg, Toledo, light; schr. Cortez, Oswego, Chicago, coal; prop. Lake Ontario, Montreal, plank; prop. Dominion, Montreal, Toledo, mdze.; schr. Thistle, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; schr. G.W. Davis, Oswego, Sandusky, salt; barque Mary Jane, Cobourg, Ashtabula, iron ore; schr. Jennie Mullen, Oswego, Detroit, coal.

In harbour - barges Church, India; barques Mary Jane, Jennie Matthews.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1874