AN IMPORTANT WORK.
The Waters of Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Connected by Canal at the Head of the Bay.
One of the most dangerous places on Lake Ontario is just south of the eastern extremity of Prince Edward county. Most of the wrecks that have occurred on this lake have been at that place, and in bad weather sailors always breathe easier, coming or going, when they have passed Long Point.
The Murray Canal, across the neck of land separating the Bay of Quinte from Lake Ontario, which was formally opened for traffic last Thursday, renders the long detour round Prince Edward county unnecessary for vessels plying between Kingston or Montreal and Toronto or the upper lakes.
Vessels have no the alternative of going round the peninsula or taking the land locked Bay of Quinte route. The canal, which is 4 1/4 miles long, without locks, was begun in 1882, and the estimated cost was $1,440,000. Though the time set originally for the completion of the work has not been adhered to, it is satisfactory to know that the cost has been kept tolerably close to the original estimates and will not exceed a million and a half dollars.
Besides a cut through an isthmus 4 1/4 miles long and of a uniform depth of 12 feet 6 inches below the level of Lake Ontario at low water, the work consisted of improvements to Presqu' isle harbor on the lakeward side and to the entrance to the canal from the bay side. An entrance has been dredged from the lakeward side one thousand feet wide at the outside, and narrowing to a width of two hundred feet. The canal has a width of eight feet at the bottom and is nearly straight and is unobstructed by locks. In addition to rendering lake navigation less hazardous, the canal, by making all the bay ports of call for the steamers plying between Montreal and Toronto, ought to give an impetus to the development of those places. - Kingston News.