The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Sep 1856

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p.2 letter to editor about trip to Ogdensburgh on steamer Cataract, Capt. Estus; a humorous story about a Brit who had too much to drink didn't want to pay his fare; returning on str. New York, Capt. Chapman, who carries a broom at his bow indicating that the New York is the fastest steamer in the area.

The first armed vessel that ever passed into Lake Superior, at least within historical reach, was the United States steamer Michigan, which vessel recently passed through the Sault canal into the lake. She had on board a large party of invited guests.


St. Williams, Norfolk Co., Sept. 1st

Editor Message: Sir: Long Point contains some excellent land, owned by the government, yet there are only two or three squatters on it, who live by hunting and fishing. The Point is now an island of about 40 miles in length. It was separated in a great storm, the cut is about 700 feet long, and there is now and usually about 7 feet of water on the bar where shallowest. Our government has a schooner anchored, during navigation season, inside the bay with a light on it, and there is an immense number of vessels passing through it in the day time only.

We want this invaluable natural channel improved - the cost would be 3,000 to 5,000 pounds and in the last three years it would have saved 10,000 pounds to our people had it been perfect. Inside, in the bay, vessels are in perfect safety in any storm. We are getting up a legislative petition, but nothing can be done till the bad men in office are got rid of by a dissolution.

What we want is to have framed piers filled with stone, and sunk on each side of the main channel, and to have that channel dredged out. The current of water from the lake into the Bay would then keep the channel clear night or day. Had Dr. Rolph, when in the Government, chosen to do so, he could have had an appropriation without difficulty, but he was more anxious about piers below Quebec which benefit only the politicians. This improvement would alike benefit the Canadian and the American and might save life and property to a large extent every year. I remember a fisherman's wife wading out last fall, and saving five lives on the island - when the poor fellows had almost given out. Fifty lives have been lost within a few months; had there been a good entrance to the bay they would have been saved.

Mr. Henry Killmaster, a good reformer, and a very worthy man is much spoken of here as our next member. If elected he'd look to our interest.

Imports, Sept. 8th - Str. Magnet, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Str. New Era, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Propeller Oliver Cromwell, Chicago, 12,500 bushels wheat, 10 barrels flour, 227 barrels flour, 9 tierces hams, Walker & Berry.

Brig Hesion (sic - Hession, Hessione ?), Cleveland, 260 tons coal, Jas. Morton.

Str. Banshee, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. New York, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Sep 1856