The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 19, 1878

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p.3 The Carrying Trade

Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 18th - The Commercial this evening, in a review of the old and new lake tonnage, showing the advantage of the use of large vessels for the transportation of grain, concludes an article as follows: "The average season rate for wheat from Chicago to Buffalo in 1861 was 11 cents per bushel; in 1868-71 and during the last season, 31 cents. To be sure, there is not much money in this rate even for large vessels, but the small craft of former years could not have lived half a season on it, and would not have continued in commission. All this goes to show the necessity of a speedy improvement of Government work at the Lime-Kilns Crossing on the Detroit River. With twenty of water between Buffalo and Chicago, vessels could be constructed that would make money even at the low rates that have prevailed for the past two or three years. Large vessels secure cheap transportation, and cheap transportation is a reform in which the whole country, producers and consumers alike, is interested."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 19, 1878