THE FIRST VESSELS FROM LAKE ONTARIO.
To the surprise of the citizens of Buffalo and Black Rock, the Lake Schooners ANN & JANE of York, U.C. and R. H. BOUGHTON, of Yorkstown, arrived in our harbour, on Wednesday last, having on board the enterprizing projector of the Welland Canal, William Hamilton Merritt, with a company of gentlemen. The British vessel led the van. The locks were passed on the 30th of Nov. just five years from the commencement of the important work. The question is not whether this work will increase or diminish the receipts of the Erie Canal, we trust that we possess too much national pride, to complain of the success of a rival work began by our neighbors before ours was completed. Its progress to its termination, is now flattering, and the news we now communicate, that of the passage of vessels from Lake to Lake, surmounting the declivity which causes the fall of the Niagara, must be cheering indeed to the stockholders, and gratifying to the inhabitants of Upper Canada.
Both vessels passed into the Black Rock basin through the sloop-lock, and were saluted by the Steam boat HENRY CLAY, and cheered by the citizens. On their arrival in our harbour, they were met with bursts of applause and honored by discharges of artillery from the park. The gentlemen passengers then repaired to the Eagle Tavern, where they were greeted by many of our villagers, who called to shake the hand of the navigators of the Deep Cut.
The passage of the first vessel was to have takeh effect, by a notification of the W.C.C. Directors, 24th ultimo; but owing to the storms and unfavorable state of the weather, was postponed. The zeal of the project and persevering agent, could not be satisfied with a
"postponement on account of the weather;" so he and the gentlemen who accompanied him made the attempt; and, after cutting ice, in some places three inches thick; ascending thirty-two locks at the mountain; passing the deepest of all "cuts;" locking down into the
Welland river, sailing down that river, and touching at Chippewa; stemming the strong and broad currant of the Niagara; and, finally, the Black Rock harbour, which has been blamed beyond measure, opened its arms and gave the "tars of Ontario" a glorious hug.
The success of our neignbors may give an impetus to our national or state governments, or a body corporate, in making a canal or rail-way, from the Niagara river at Schlosses, to the same river, at Lewiston.
Truly, the bold features of the enterprizes of the New-World, throw those of the Old far in the shade. - - - - From the Buffalo Republican
Cleaveland Weekly Herald
Thursday, December 10, 1829; 3; 2.