The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), September 24, 1840

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Chippawa Aqueduct - A most marvellous story has been going the rounds of the U. States and Lower Canada papers for two or three weeks past under the head of "Another Atrocious Outrage" signifying that the Welland Canal aqueduct over the Chippawa, was "blown up, on the 28th ult., with a terrible explosion, while two schooners were on it; one of which settled down in the chasm made by the explosion, and the other fell over on her beam ends" - supposed to be the "work of the miscreant Lett." We beg to assure the friends of the canal, that the only foundation for this report, is in the fact that, about the time mentioned, there was a small casual giving way of the planking on one side of the aqueduct, in the night, which drew off the water for some distance, and caused a delay of some three or four days in the passing of vessels, until the damage could be repaired. No vessels were very near, or injured in the least; and the canal has been doing a fine business ever since. The tale most probably originated with some persons on the opposite side, whose interest were affected by the prosperity of this work.

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September 24, 1840
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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), September 24, 1840