Welland Canal - We copy from the Quebec Gazette, the following letter, in reply to an application of the Quebec Board of Trade, respecting the locks on the Welland Canal. The Board had recommended that the locks should be the same length as on the St. Lawrence Canals - 180 feet; but at least 150 feet long. This last is agreed on. By a late order, salt and coal are permitted to pass through the Welland Canal, upwards, free of toll. - Kings. Her.
Secretary's Office (East)
Kingston, 2nd June, 1843
Gentlemen - I have the honor, by the command of the Governor-General, to acknowledge the receipt of your memorial on the subject of the enlargement of the locks upon the Welland Canal.
His Excellency directs me to inform you, in reply, that the attention of the Board of Works, was some time, since directed to this subject, principally by representations from the merchants and forwarders of Oswego, who, as competitors with the Buffalo forwarders, are deeply interested in the Welland Canal, and that instructions were, in consequence, given to the engineer, to increase the length of the locks to 150 feet. The breadth originally proposed by the Board (26 feet 6 inches) was allowed by these parties to be ample.
The cost of the intended increase of length, will be covered by the estimate, owing to the favorable rates at which the contracts have been taken; but the further increase, which you recommend, would require a change of location, and an expenditure for which the amount of the appropriation would be utterly inadequate.
The dimensions adopted, will fully accommodate not only the largest class of sailing vessels on the lakes, but also a description of steam propellers well adopted for the trade, and in the employment of which, the Oswego forwarders are about largely to embark; the results of their trial trips with such vessels, last season, having proved highly satisfactory.
By the adoption of locks of the proposed dimensions, on the Welland Canal, transhipment between Lake Huron and Quebec will be rendered unnecessary; and the larger dimensions of the locks on the lower portion of the St. Lawrence navigation, where the channel is narrow, and there is more or less of current, will allow of the lake craft being there assisted with tug-vessels of any required power.
I have the honor to be gentlemen, your most obedient servant,
Christ Dunkin, Assist. Secretary
The President And Council
Of The Quebec Board Of Trade