The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), May 28, 1840

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Welland Canal Improvements

We are happy to learn that his Excellency the Governour-General has assented to the immediate commencement of the work on the Welland Canal. The dimensions of the locks are not yet decided on, but nothing less than twenty-four feet width, by one hundred and ten feet in length, has been proposed. A liberal sum has been authorized to procure materials, and the work will be prosecuted with vigar.

The importance of this undertaking is now generally acknowledged, and we understand the increase of business this year far exceeds the past, up to the same period. As this is the point when the contest between the two great rivals - the St.Lawrence and the Hudson rivers - will commence, for the commerce of Lake Erie, no time should be lost in finishing this work. It will, in a measure, counteract the effect which the enlargement of the Erie Canal would otherwise produce, and may retard the commencement of the canal around the falls of Niagara, which the Legislature of the state of New York during the last session, authorized the General Government to construct, by ceding the land necessary for that purpose. - Mont. Gaz.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), May 28, 1840