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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1858

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p.2 The Wolfe Island Canal Completed!

A few days since our attention was attracted by the appearance of the Royal Mail Steamer Bay of Quinte coming towards the Harbor at full speed from the direction of Wolfe Island, with all her colors flying, and having seen her leave the port earlier in the afternoon without this display, we joined the crowd which awaited her arrival for the purpose of ascertaining the cause of this unusual exhibition of bunting, and were not less astonished than gratified, as we are sure our readers also will be, to learn that it was not alone in the announcement of the completion of the Wolfe Island Canal, but that the work has been finished in such a manner as to render it navigable for steamers of her large capacity & draught of water, and that she was then returning into port after performing a successful trip back and forth through the Canal.

Many and hearty were the shakes of congratulations whch Mr. Gildersleeve, the enterprising proprietor of the Canal received after the arrival of the Steamer, and we could not but share with him, what with us would have been feelings of triumph that, notwithstanding every impediment, the supposed hopelessness of the undertaking, after some $80,000 had been expended by the Company, all to no practical purpose and after the work had been abandoned as almost impracticable; that he, a private individual, not only finished it at his own expense, but rendered it useful even beyond the original intent. The supposition, heretofore, being that even should it ever become navigable, it would be, so far as a Steamer was concerned, only for such a one as was especially built for that purpose, with the lightest draught of water. The successful completion of the Canal reflects the highest credit upon Young Canada, of whom Mr. Gildersleeve may be considered the prototype.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1858