The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 28 Sep, 1874

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SURVEY COMPLETED. - The engineers appointed by the Dominion Government to make a survey of the Detroit River at Lime Kiln crossing and other localities between that and the entrance,and also at Bar Point, have completed their labor, and have returned to report them and to prepare a chart of the same. What is termed a pan lead was used to take soundings, which, during the carrying out of the survey was not lifted more than one foot from the bottom. The shoal at the Lime Kiln crossing extends the entire distance across the channel, with an average depth of fourteen feet of water at summer stage. The operations of the lead were such that while drifting with the current obstructions were easily discovered and the nature of them ascertained. Near the head of Bois Blanc Island a shoal was found on which there was 13 feet 9 inches of water at summer stage. Off Bar Point there is also one three-fourths of a mile in length and one eighth of a mile wide, clay bottom, and boulders on top. Also another shoal 2½ miles south of Bar Point, 13 feet and 10 inches shoalest water on the same at summer stage, with boulders. Another shoal, a little to the west by south of Bar Point 35 feet long and 20 feet long, with boulders and directly in the channel. The work of clearing and removing the above obstructions will be carried out as early next season as will admit of a diver working on the bottom with the requisite temperature of the water. The whole ground has been thoroughly examined under the direction of Mr. Meashow, Manager in Chief, assisted by Engineers Derbyshire, Lightfoot and Fortier, gentlemen skilled in such undertakings. The tug Minnie Morton, in charge of Mr. Hackett, rendered important aid throughout the whole proceedings.

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This survey was probably a result of the private initiative taken to improve the safety of the channel earlier in the same year. This fourteen foot depth at Lime Kiln crossing, which connects the Canadian shore to Stony Island, east of Grosse Ile, really limited the cargo capacity of lake carriers, as more than 80% of lake traffic (including most of the heavy ore and coal carriers) had to cross this point at some time during each year.
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28 Sep, 1874
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 28 Sep, 1874