The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 20 Jan. 1837, page 2

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PORT OF BUFFALO.--Capt. Cary, the Canal Collector at Buffalo, has favored the editors of the Daily Star with a statement of the amount of property passing this port, on the Erie Canal, and the amount of tolls received, from which we extract the following interesting particulars. The port of Buffalo, it should be remembered, includes the harbor at this village:

Account of property passing at Buffalo, on the Erie Canal, to other states, in the year 1836.

Pennsylvania,1,9?9,200 lbs165,936 lbs.
Upper Canada,80,213123,996

This shows an increase of merchandise, over last year, of 26,090,275 lbs. or about 50 per cent., also an increase of furniture over the same year, of 523,388 lbs.

The amount of merchandise left at Buffalo, coming from the east, is 23, 425,762 lbs., being about 1,100,000 lbs. more than last year.

The amount of tolls in 1835, $106,213.58

" " 1836 $158,074.99

Being an increase over last year equal to $51,861.41

--a trifle less than fifty per cent.

It will be perceived that the greatest increase in the business of the canal, is in merchandise forwarded to other states. This increase is greater in proportion to the capital than that of last year, and in all probability will continue to increase in geometrical instead of arithmetical progression. Hence we perceive the great necessity of a speedy enlargement of the whole canal, to keep pace with this immense increase of business.


DEATHS BY FREEZING.--Capt. Stannard, his mate and two seamen, while engaged on the evening of the 5th inst. in conveying wood from the shore to the Brig Ramsey Crooks which is ice bound three miles from land, near Malden, lost sight of the vessel and shore, by the occurrence of a snow storm, and wandered on the ice all night. The mate and one of the hands were frozen to death; Capt. S. and the other seaman reached the shore in the morning alive, but badly frozen.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 20 Jan. 1837, page 2