The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 6, 1840

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Oswego Route. - We notice that a public meeting has lately been holden at Oswego, at which Mr. Bronson, chairman of the committee to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting, states that there were upwards of sixty vessels in the harbor of that town destined for Lake Erie; that the Welland Canal and Lake Erie; westward of the entrance of the canal into it as well as Lake Ontario and its harbour were clear of ice and in good condition for navigation by the first of the present month; but that this important channel of trade with the great west, was useless because the canal commissioners of New York refused to have the Erie Canal and the Oswego branch opened before the 20th.

The committee think a great hardship; and it seems to us entirely wrong for New York to wait for the lower end of this lake to be clear of ice to Buffalo when a route between our lake and New York by way of Oswego, might be in operation about one month earlier. The route by way of Lake Ontario is the natural one of our trade, and we fervently hope that before a dozen years pass away, the Welland Canal will be so enlarged as to pass large steamboats through it. The great trade of the Upper lakes should not be compelled to wait every spring for the melting away of the immense mass of ice that usually is pressed into its north-eastern extremity. - Maumee City Express.

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Peter Warwick
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Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 6, 1840