The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), November 3, 1836

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Desjardins Canal

This valuable publick work is progressing to the satisfaction of the directors and those who have the best opportunity of inspecting these proceedings, Dr. Duncombe's powerful steam dredging machine has been bettern than a month in active daily operation, and has excavated from the bottom of the canal, in the marsh, which is now ten feet in that part, the prodigious quantity of 8,000 cubick yards of clay. The machine is capable of rasiing one thousand cubick yards of sand per day, in case it is kept stationary. The directors feel deeply indebted to Dr. Duncombe for the great skill and prudence he manifested in the selection of this most efficient excavator. If the season permit, the whole line of canal will be finished on an average, to the depth of 10 feet, and 66 feet wide, by the close of the season, forming a splendid ship navigation. The funds in the hands of the directors are very limited, and if appears to us that they might borrow with advantage to the publick £1,000 or more, until the legislature meets, when, if a good case can be made out, as doubtless it will be, the private stockholders could be relieved and the canal become a provincial undertaking. The marsh should, if possible, be recovered from P. Desjardin's heirs, for the publick service. - Correspondent of the Toronto Constitution

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), November 3, 1836