The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1879

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p.3 The Harbour - The blue water is presenting itself more largely every day. The trip to the Cape will be attempted on Saturday.

The Wharves - There is a remarkable stillness about the docks owing to the backward state of the season, both here and on the upper lakes. The late opening of the Welland Canal has prevented any stir from being made in shipping, and vessels in Kingston have not begun to rig up yet. About the only item we notice in connection with this matter is that Mr. James Richardson is loading rye which is to go to Oswego to be forwarded to Germany. There seems great danger of the carrying trade of these lakes being taken away by energetic measures the Americans have put in force for the purpose of securing it. The canal rates have been lowered to one mill per thousand against 1 cent per thousand of the Welland, and it is likely that they will be abolished altogether before the new Welland Canal is ready for traffic......It is absolutely necessary that we should move at once, and Kingston men think that if we wish to checkmate the skilful movement of our rivals we must commence by taking off the Welland Canal tolls.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1879