The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1850

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p.2 The Break in the Lachine Canal - The following is a communication from W.S. Keefer, received per Telegraph, yesterday morning, by D.D. Calvin, Esq., proprietor of the Tug Line:

"Four hundred men and 100 horses at work day and night. Bank made up to canal bottom. Work half done. Six thousand cubic yards put in. Have good reason to expect navigation restored by fourteenth instant."

Kingston Imports.

Nov. 2nd - Schr. Nonsuch, Quebec, 2103 bars railroad iron, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Dexter Calvin, Quebec, 959 bars railroad iron, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Avoga ?, Quebec, 1100 bars railroad iron, do. do.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Nov. 4th - Schr. Governor, Cleveland, 9801 bush. wheat, 45 bbls. tallow, 38 kegs butter, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. Atlantic, Port Stanley, 6,000 bush. wheat, owners.

Schr. Sorel, Whitby, 11,019 bush. wheat, H. & S. Jones.

Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Str. Britannia, Hamilton, 2204 bbls. flour, 67 bbls. ashes, 21 kegs butter, 6 bbls. apples, Brown & Co.

Str. Ontario, gen. cargo.


Nov. 2nd - Schr. Lord Seaton, Cleveland, 751 bars railroad iron.

Schr. Sophia, Cleveland, 140 bars railroad iron.

Schr. Dart, do., 160 do. do.

Schr. Royal Susan, Oswego, 70,000 feet lumber.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, pass. and baggage.

Nov. 4th - Str. Niagara, Lewiston, pass. and baggage.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, pass. and baggage.

The Long Sault Rapids - The question of a safe channel down the Long Sault, is now settled, and will be soon brought into practical operation. Up to this time all Lake vessels have been towed or sailed down to the entrance of the Cornwall Canal, in the natural channel. It is proposed, as we are informed, to employ, during the coming season, two powerful tug boats to take these vessels direct from Kingston or Prescott to the Beauharnois Canal; and so soon as the two or three obstacles which are known to exist at Prison Rock, Split Rock, and Lachine Rapids, are removed, the same arrangements will enable a vessel to reach Montreal from Kingston in 24 hours, and return through the Canal with increased facilities. This accomplished, and we have little to fear from the rivalry of Canals, Railroads, or any other mode of competition. The Champlain and St. Lawrence Canal is the only link of this great chain unfinished, to ensure from its expedition and cheapness, the entire traffic of the Great West even to the city of New York. [Cornwall Freeholder]

The following certificate appears as an advertisement in the Freeholder:-

This is to certify, to whom it may concern, that we the undersigned, passed through the North Channel of the Long Sault, with the Steamer Oldfield, towing two large Tenders, lashed apart with timber, on which Poles were suspended drawing TEN FEET WATER - covering a width of nearly Forty Feet.

That there was every appearance of Fifteen Feet Water throughout; and we believe this Channel to be as safe as any other Rapid in the St. Lawrence.

Witness our hands, at Cornwall, this 22nd day of October, 1850.


Capt., Steamer New Era.


In charge of Gov. Dredge and Tender,

and sixteen others. - [Pilot]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1850