DEEP WATER CHANNEL.
Capt. R. Davis, in discussing Capt. Hinckley's article re a deep water channel, had the following to say:
"The deep water channel mentioned in last night's Whig by Capt. Hinckley, is a very crooked and dangerous one. He says it is 300 feet wide. That certainly is a very narrow channel to navigate a 270 foot freight steamer, drawing fourteen feet of water. It would require a lighthouse on the head of Hickey (sic) Island, another light on the head of Whiskey Island, and at least three gas buoys on the three most dangerous rock shoals. Well as he knows these waters, he would not undertake to pilot a large freighter through there on a dark night; and how could a stranger be expected to put a steamship through there, even in the day time? The foot of Wolfe Island is quite safe to navigate. By dredging 800 feet of a channel two feet deeper in clay will make a good channel."
Hawgood & Moore, Cleveland, Ohio, shipbuilders, who constructed several large steamships last year and sent them down the St. Lawrence for service along the sea board, have written to Capt. Thomas Donnelly, asking him to interest Canadian mariners in influencing the government to remove certain obstructions in the Canadian channel of the St. Lawrence, so as to guarantee a fourteen foot channel. Last year the firm sent down several steamers loaded to eleven and a half feet, and the masters of the steamers have reported that the bottom was touched in several places. Hawgood & Moore state that there will be considerable increased traffic up and down the St. Lawrence this coming season, and it is of the utmost importance that a clear fourteen foot channel should be provided.
Mariners state that the department of marine and fisheries should have an advisory board of four or five practical mariners, who are thoroughly acquainted with the upper St. Lawrence, to give advice touching repairs to the canals, channel, etc.