Welland Canal - From a Correspondent of the York Patriot - Chance or good fortune placed me in the way of witnessing a most important sight; the New Cut was opened a few days since, and such was the impatience of the masters of vessels to make a trial of the passage, that time was not given to remove a small coffer dam, which had been placed between the lock and lake, to keep out the water, while excavating the lock pit. On Thursday, the Canada (very appropriately named, for the first to pass a Canadian Canal) entered from Lake Erie, and was lightened over the bar - passed through the lake, reloaded, and with seven feet water glided down to the Deep Cut; she was followed by the Eliza of Oswego, with seven feet six inches. On Tuesday, the CANADA, ANN of Oakville, and HERCULES of Oswego, with passengers, drawing five feet six inches, passed out with a favorable breeze for Cleveland. On Wednesday, at twelve o'clock, the greater part of the bar was removed, when the ROBERT BURNS of Oswego, with a full cargo, led the way, followed by the EMILY, DE WITT CLINTON, WINEBAGO, NORTH AMERICA, AURORA BOREALIS, LAFAYETTE, and HURON, vessels of a large class, the latter over 100 tons; this route will answer a most valuable purpose, and within ten days will be in perfect order. Thus we find that the Welland Canal is at length finished, so as to connect the lakes at the shortest possible points. The association of ideas combined with this first passage operates differently on the minds of those witnessing it; for my own part I feel satisfied not one in a hundred have ever given the subject a thought. Had the more violent opponents of this work witnessed the size and description of vessels already in the trade, although scarcely opened and would they look at the progressive increase for five years to come, they would alter their opinions.
Port Colborne, formerly Granby Bay. May 24, 1833
Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
June 20, 1833 p. 2