The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), October 14, 1841

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Welland Canal - The public will be rejoiced to learn that arrangements are being made to commence immediately the long projected improvements in this important channel of inland navigation - a notice of which will be found in our advertising columns, this week. From this it will be seen that tenders are solicited for the widening and deepening of the Feeder of the canal, through the Cranberry Marsh.

This Feeder is twenty two miles in length, extending from the Grand River dam, at Dunnville, to its junction with the main ship canal, near the aqueduct over the Chippawa. Its present dimensions are the same as a common boat canal, with an average of four feet depth of water. We understand it is now intended to increase the width sixteen feet, and the depth four feet - making it the same as the main canal throughout.

It is confidently anticipated that the enlargement of this portion of the work will prove but the beginning of a series of improvements which will continue to be made, until this valuable communication between two of the most splendid lakes in the world, shall be made fully worthy of the position which it occupies, and the immense traffic which will be transported over its waters.

A great work was accomplished in its construction, but as it was effected principally through individual enterprise, its magnitude provided any thing but a distant approach to perfection. Although, therefore, much was affected, much remains to be done; and now that is changing hands, and becoming government property, we may feel assured that it will be made capable of the utmost benefit to the country, and, at the same time, to reflect in a humble manner, the splendor of the British Crown.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), October 14, 1841