The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Sep 1893

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St. Lawrence Canals.

With reference to the enlargement of the St. Lawrence canals, Mr. Schrieber says that the policy adopted some years ago of deepening them to a 14 foot depth is still being carried forward. There was now this depth at the Gallops Rapids, and the work in progress at Cornwall canal would leave a clear passage for vessels of a similar draught. Although the locks of the Lachine canal were built for fourteen feet, the prism has yet to be taken out. That will be done next year. Tenders for the contracts for the deepening of the Morrisburg canal have not yet been called for. The Soulanges canal, which would replace the Beauharnois, was a 14-foot canal. The deepening of Lake St. Louis, a part of the general scheme, would, he fancied, be done next year. The latest official date as to the deepening of the St. Lawrence canals and the cost, and amount expended, is the following extract from the Hansard of May 3rd, 1892:

Sir Richard Cartwright - I would like to know about what will the deepening of the St. Lawrence canals cost altogether.

Mr. Haggart - The deepening of the river will cost $700,000. The Gallops canal and the Rapide Plat $1,700,000, $1,600,000, $30,000 and $600,000. That includes the Gallops canal and the rapids outside, the Rapide Plat canal and the river above Farran's Point canal and the Farran's Point canal. The estimated cost of the Cornwall canal is $4,000,000, the St. Lawrence canal $1,750,000, and the Lachine canal $7,800,000, altogether close on $8,000,000. There has been expended on the Gallops canal and Rapide Plat, Farran's Point, $1,850,900; on the Cornwall canal $2,197,900; on the Soulanges canal about $100,000; on the Lachine canal $6,549,200. I will give you the total estimated cost from Lake Superior down to Montreal. The total estimated cost of all these improvements, including the Sault canal, will be $43,000,000, the amount expended on which is $27,465,000, leaving the completing of the St. Lawrence and the Sault canal in the neighborhood of $15,000,000.

p.4 Telling of Old Time Crafts - a brief history of the gunboats Cherokee and Mohawk, built at Kingston. [Toronto Telegram]


The steamyacht Wherenow was hauled out today for the winter.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes will go to Adolphustown for a cargo of hay.

On Saturday evening the tug Col. By and barges left with lumber for Oswego.

The str. Corsican makes one more trip this season. The steamer has made good time this year.

The owners of the str. Rocket will be prosecuted at Cornwall for carrying more passengers than permitted by law during excursions on Lake St. Francis, occurring on Aug. 19th and 23rd.

Arrivals: str. Magnet, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Smith's Falls; str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Algerian, Montreal; str. Cuba, Montreal; str. Persia, Montreal; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. North King, Charlotte; schr. Grantham, Charlotte, coal.

One of the finest steambarges ever built in this district is now under construction at Picton for A.W. Hepburn. She will be engaged in the carrying trade on Lake Ontario and Rideau canal and her capacity will be 10,000 bushels of grain. She will measure 115 feet in length with a 23 foot beam. Her engines are being built by Doty & Co., Toronto. The timbers of the boat are all oak and the workmanship is first-class. She will be launched in three weeks.

Sept. 26, 1893

p.1 Capt. Saunders, of the schr. Ella Murton, says he never knew the marine business to be as dull in the fall as it is now.

The S.S. Bannockburn, with 61,000 bushels of grain, was expected to arrive this evening.

There were 240,000 bushels of grain for Kingston in the canal last night.

Incidents of the Day - Nicholas Henderson, a Kingstonian who has a bright future ahead as an artist, will probably remain in Chicago. He writes that there are dollars for him in the white city where there are cents here.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Sep 1893