OPERATING THE ST. MARY'S FALLS CANAL, MICHIGAN
The expense of operating the old canal during the 22 days the government has had charge has been $1,308.51. The receipts from dockage and rent of superintendent's residence has been $26.22. During the time 488 vessels have passed through the canal.
During the year ending June 30, 1881, 3,304 vessels with a registered tonnage of 1,802,571, have passed through, carrying 1,258,408 tons of freight and 19,971 passengers. The amount of staple articles carried through was 195,488 tons of coal, 21,189 tons of copper, 325,023 barrels of flour, 3,901,332 bushels of grain, 653,518 tons of iron ore, 53,934 tons of manufactured iron, 41, 357,000 feet of lumber, and 58,517 barrels of salt. The canal was closed November 15, 1880 for winter's work. During the year it was open only 198 days.