The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Colonist (Toronto, ON), Oct. 27, 1841

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The public will be rejoiced to learn, that arrangements are now being made to commence immediately the long projected improvements in this important channel of inland navigation - a notice of which will be found in our advertizing columns this week. From this it will be seen, that tenders are solicited "for the widening and deepening of the Feeder" of the canal, through the Cranberry marsh. The feeder is twenty-two miles in length, extending from the Grand River Dam, at Dunnville, to its junction with the main ship canal, near the aquaduct over the Chippewa. Its present dimensions are the same as as a common boat canal, with an average of four feet depth of water. We understand that it is now intended to increase the width sixteen feet, and the depth four feet - making it the same as the main canal throughout. It is confidently anticipated, that the enlargement of this portion of the work, will prove but the beginning of a series of improvements which will continue to be made, until this valuable communication between two of the most splendid lakes in the world, shall be made fully worthy of the position which it occupies, and the immense traffic which will be transported over its waters. A great work was accomplished, in its construction; but as it was effected principally through individual enterprize, its magnitude prevented any thing but a distant approach to perfection. Although, therefore, much was effected, much remains to be done; and now that it is changing hands, and becoming Government property, we may feel assured, that it will be made capable of the utmost benefit to the country, and at the same time, to reflect, in an humble manner, the splendour of the British Crown. [St. Catharines Journal]

Montreal Gazette, Oct. 30, 1841

p.2 Accident - On Monday evening last, the steam boat Niagara, on her downward trip, called at Port Hope, and having taken on board a few barrels of whiskey and pork, was backing out when, by some accident she got caught entangled on one of the piers; the sea running very high, she was not able to disengage herself till she had received serious damage; she was at length got round the pier, where it was deemed advisable to sink her, in order to prevent the sea from driving her up. At first it was imagined that she had suffered serious damage, but we are happy to state such is not the case, and that her machinery suffered very little injury; it is intended to take her to Niagara to undergo repairs. The passengers who were on board, speak in the highest terms of the coolness and conduct of Captain Sutherland; and the zeal and activity displayed by the inhabitants of Port Hope in rendering every assistance in their power, is deservedly much praised. We have not heard of any person being injured. [Cobourg Star]

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British Colonist (Toronto, ON), Oct. 27, 1841