The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western Herald (Sandwich, ON), Wednesday, April 28, 1841

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Commencement of 'the Lake' Navigation.-- Lake Erie is open 'clear' to Buffalo. The news was brought by one of the American Steam-boats last week which sailed downwards on the Canada shore and returned up through the middle of the lake. We have received no intelligence yet as to the opening of the Welland Canal. The Erie Canal was to open on Saturday. Our beautiful river is now alive with the motion of steam and the spreading sail. Since the river broke up, these some weeks past, the small craft of steamers have been along up and down, between Detroit, Amherstburgh, and various ports on the upper end of the Lake, as far down as Toledo, and now that the entire length of the Lake is open the great leviathans of our navigation may be seen sweeping on their way, lending new life to the scene. That spirited place, Chatham, has sent out one of their Steam-boats, the BROTHERS, much improved this year; nearly, if not fully equalling in speed the swiftest among the many Boats on the opposite shore. An additional new boat is now building at Chatham to be ready about the beginning of June. It is said she will prove a keen rival to the BROTHERS with all her decided improvements. Push onward Western District ! say we; and may every year furnish proofs of new enterprise ! Amherstburgh is bestirring its little fleet for the season' s campaign. The Schooner 'CHAPMAN,' belonging to the Messrs. Park, has returned from taking in on the Lake Shore part of her cargo in Wheat and Tobacco, and is now about to proceed to Windsor to complete it from the Warehouses of the Messrs. Dougall. The Brigantine J. DOUGALL, belonging to the Messrs. D. sailed from Amherstburgh for Windsor, on Tuesday to receive a cargo of Pork, Flour &c. And the new Schooner AMHERSTBURGH, belonging to this firm is expected daily from Chatham, laden with our Western Produce, destined for the British market. The Messrs. Dougall have more than one vessel engaged besides their own to carry on their business in the opening of the season. The Schooner SARAH TAYLOR, of Bear Creek is engaged by them, and we have heard that they have still employment for more. The Schooner HERALD, Capt. Malott, has been lessening her breadth at Amherstburgh these few weeks past to allow her to pass through the Welland Canal. From all we can learn, a pushing business will be carried on through the Canal this season. Not near enough of vessels can be had to commence the trade which already. We do hope those conducting the affairs of this important Canal, and all concerned therein will nowise lag from efficiently, doing all they can do towards rendering it commensurate with its rapidly increasing importance. The hinderances experienced by vessels last year was a serious drawback to trade. It may be said to be the least that can be done, yet it is everything to have our great highways to the ocean uninterrupted and as speedy as possible. This is a Country's first concern; this little done and a mighty deal is accomplished. The farmer will feel it so, and through its facilities to the Merchant, the advantages are extended to all. Some say the long-slumbering energies and capabilities of "the Province of Canada" are about to be awoke -- we hope ! ----- Communicated.

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William R. McNeil
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Western Herald (Sandwich, ON), Wednesday, April 28, 1841