The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1876

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p.2 The Sunday Canal Question - We are informed that this question will again be brought up at the meeting of the Council on Monday next, and that it will cause a debate of considerable interest. The action of the Council at its last meeting has caused a strong protest to be uttered by several lake captains against the opinions of Ald. Gildersleeve and Price. These captains say that if these gentlemen occupied the position of sailors they would be glad of Sunday for resting.

Burlington Bay Canal - The city of Hamilton, and, indeed, the shipping interest of the Province generally is greatly exercised over the proposed erection of a railway bridge over the Burlington Bay Canal. The sailors strongly protest against the bridge, as they say, and with a good deal of truth, that this is the only harbour of refuge on Lake Ontario. A number of letters appeared in last Saturday's Hamilton Times in opposition to the scheme, among others, one from Captain W.R. Taylor, of Kingston, in which he says that it would be a very dangerous experiment, and would do much damage to the shipping of the port of Hamilton. He has got a great many signatures to a petition against the bridge and says: "I am of opinion that the contracting of the water space by the narrowing or building of abutments in the channel connecting Lake Ontario with Burlington Bay will cause a great deal of damage to shipping, and sailing vessels in particular, entering the Burlington Bay Canal Piers, as it will cause a much stronger current than there now is, and vessels entering with a strong easterly gale and striking that current running out, will not answer their helm, and will take a shear and run foul or otherwise miss the pier and go on the beach, causing a total loss of the vessel and cargo, perhaps loss of life." After detailing how acidents might frequently happen to vessels were the bridge built, Captain Taylor concludes as follows: "It is my opinion that all men having anything to do with navigation or vessels should oppose the construction of a bridge across the Burlington Bay Canal. This is of the utmost importance to all lake navigators, as Burlington Bay Canal is the only harbour of refuge on Lake Ontario."

Alexandria Bay - The Watertown Despatch says: "It will gratify those who expect to sojourn at Alexandria Bay the coming season to learn that two new steam yachts are to be run between the various local points. They were built in Buffalo, are beautifully fitted up and furnished with ladies' cabins, well ventilated, carpeted, upholstered, with stained windows and other appointments to correspond. One of these steamers will run as daily express, making the rounds of all the islands in the vicinity of the bay, carrying supplies and taking orders for supplies.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1876