The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), December 9, 1841

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Welland Canal - The following very valuable information we take from the columns of the Montreal Gazette.

To the Editor of the Montreal Gazette

Sir - In compliance with your request, I took an early opportunity to obtain from the secretary of the Welland Canal Company, a comparative statement of the principal articles that passed through the Welland Canal to the 31st of Oct., 1840 and 1841, which I believe can be relied upon to be correct, and is as follows viz:

In 1840 In 1841
Flour 135,864 barrels 193,137
Beef and Pork 14,889 do. 24,195
Salt 148,031 do. 149,887
Boards 1,802,622 feet 3,118,122
Sqr. Timber 380,107 do. 1,151,436
Pipe Staves 885,704 do. 1,347,836
W.I. Staves 765,912 do. 1,377,225
Wheat 1,720,659 bushels 1,212,458
Indian Corn 27,088 do. 90,158
Merchandise 2,769 lgr. tons 3,718
Tolls rec`d £18,037 8 1 1/2 £18,583 9 7 1/2
Schooners 1,863 1,895
Scows & Boats 709 972
Tonnage 202,282 247,911

Owing to a considerable falling off latterly in the up freight, and the sudden rise of bread stuffs in the United States, in the latter part of the season, much of the wheat and flour trade particularly, was diverted from this route. The receipts are considerably under what was anticipated, in the spring; it is, nevertheless, gratifying to see that there is an increase, thus far, over last year, in the number and tonnage of vessels as well as in the receipts; and I am informed, that the business during the current month will probably far exceed that of the same month last year - thus affording further evidence, if necessary, that the trade upon this canal is still on the increase.

Although the interruption from casualties of any kind, have been less than any former year since the opening of this communication, the necessity of immediately enlarging and making it a permanent work, is becoming manifest, that, I trust, now that it is to be made wholly a public work, it will not be much longer delayed.

From its peculiar situation, forming as it does, the grand connecting link of these extensive and magnificent inland seas, unlocking a continuous chain of some thousand miles of navigation, destined, and at no very distant period, to be the chief outlet for the almost unbounded trade and commerce of those beautiful and fertile vallies in our western world, the propriety, nay, the almost indispensable necessity, of making it a ship canal, commensurate with the trade, is now sufficiently evident, to every reflecting person acquainted with the geography of this extensive western country. By this means, those frequent trans shipments, so annoying to ship-owners, and embarrassing to trade, would be completely obviated.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), December 9, 1841