The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Sept. 17, 1851

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Coal Trade at Oswego

As the Legget Gap Railroad, is to be opened on the first of next month, by which a new channel for the cheap transportation of coal, will be opened between this city and the beds of the best quality of Pennsylvania anthracite coal, we have looked into the statistics of the present trade her in this kind of coal. Hitherto it has come by way of the Hudson, Erie and Oswego canals, with two transhipments. By the opening of the new channel it will come by railroad to Ithaca, and thence by canal to this city with one very cheap transhipment, and at largely reduced cost of transportation.

We find that the imports by canal of this kind of coal have been, since the opening of navigation the present season to Sept. 1st, 5,813 tons. The export of this coal take a wide range from this point as will be seen by the following table compiled from the Custom House books, showing the exports from the opening of navigation to September 1st.:

ExportstoNew York Portstons 689
Total Exports3420

The difference between the imports and exports indicates very nearly the extent of the local city consumption in the summer season. The figures by no means show the aggregate coal trade of Oswego. A large amount of Ohio coal is imported at this port, and is considerable quantity shipped east by canal. Large quantities of Ohio coal com through the Welland Canal and go to Canadian ports, ans some in re-exported from Oswego. From the largely reduced rates at which the Pennsylvania can come to this city by the new Legget Gap route, we anticipate a large and rapid increase in the trade at this point. By this route Pennsylvania coal can be supplied to Canadian and Upper Lake ports much cheaper than ever before, or by any other route. - Oswego Times.

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Richard Palmer
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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Sept. 17, 1851