The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), March 15, 1844

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Opening Of The Welland Canal - Early Navigation - The thorough repair which the old line of the canal has undergone this winter, has approached so near completion, under the efficient management of the chief engineer, Mr. Power, that he has resolved to commence letting in the water on the 21st instant; and we are authorized to say, that the entire line of the canal will be in a perfect state of readiness to admit the passage of vessels on the 1st day of April. Gravelly Bay is now entirely clear of ice, and as there is little or none in the upper harbors or lakes, any obstruction to navigation from this source need not be apprehended. The prospect of an increased trade this season is very encouraging, as our millers are now paying eight shillings and sixpence, New York currency, per bushel of wheat; and it is confidently anticipated that the Welland Canal will, this year, be what our neighbors term a "smashing business".

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), March 15, 1844