A Commercial Suggestion. - The idea of direct trade by Lake vessels with European ports has already been tested to a considerable extent. A number of our vessels have made several voyages, and the result seems to have been quite satisfactory on the whole.
One drawback is the limited capacity of the vessels which may pass through the Welland Canal, and another is the style of rig, which needs to be changed to better suit Ocean navigation. A new idea is now suggested among some of our enterprising commercial men. It is proposed to construct a vessel at this Port, of the largest class that will pass the St. Lawrence locks, with a view to the direct European trade.
Such a vessel would not be of less than 1,000 tons burthen - about double the capacity of the present lake craft. She would be of a capacity that would pay better, and would demonstrate the feasibility of a direct trade upon a larger scale. She could carry the cargoes of two vessels of the present size, and would require only about two extra men to sail her - thus gaining a hundred percent in capacity and profit, with only a light increase of expense.
She could be loaded at Oswego or some other port, and would practically demonstrate the importance and necessity of enlarging the Welland Canal so as to pass vessels of the largest class. The idea is not a bad one, and may result in great practical good by stimulating the enlargement of the Welland Canal, and besides would doubtless develop some important commercial facts that are not at present clearly understood and comprehended.