The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 14, 1842

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Welland Canal - This important link of connexion between the two splendid lakes, Erie and Ontario, will soon be in requisition again, for the purposes of commerce. It is known to most of our readers, that the water has been drawn off the canal, during the past winter, in order to afford an opportunity of widening and deepening the feeder. The contractors for the work have been favored with propitious weather, and have proceeded advantageously and prosperously, thus far. It is expected that in the course of another season, this object will be fully accomplished.

On Thursday the 14th instant, the water was let in again, and the following day witnessed between twenty and thirty schooners, lying in the basin near our village, on their way to their various destinations on the upper lakes. One of them is bound for Chicago, Illinois, and others to various ports in Canada and the United States. The various branches of trade will now receive a fresh impetus. Considerable Canada capital has been employed, during the past winter, in purchasing wheat in Ohio and other Western States, as well as from the upper part of this division of Canada.

We heartily hail the present season of returning bustle and wealth, and hope our own enterprising village may reap its full share of advantage from this medium of internal navigation. The most sanguine expectations of the projectors of this canal, have been more than realized; and now that it has passed from private hands into those of the government, and is thus likely to be subjected to more important extensive improvements, from time to time, its commerce will no doubt rapidly increase, and the wealth produced by it will be of immense advantage to the country generally, and especially to those village and hamlets situated on its banks.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 14, 1842