The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Jan. 17, 1829

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The notice of the Agent of the Welland Canal Company, offering to receive proposals for completing the remaining unfinished work on the line, will be found in an adjoining column, to which we invite the attention of the publick.

It seems from this, that the feeder to supply the summit level of the Deep Cut, is not to come direct from the Grand River, as we at first understood: but that a dam is to be thrown across that river below the entrance of the canal, and the feeder to commence at the lower or northerly end of Cranberry marsh, (before the navigable canal descends into the Welland) keeping the water on the same level, crossing the river in an aqueduct, and entering the Deep Cut 17 feet above the bottom on the old plan. The Deep Cut level is only about forty chains in length, and has two descending locks at each end of 8 1/2 feet lift each. Thus, vessels entering the mouth of Grand River, will first ascend the dam, through a lock, enter the canal, pass through the marsh, and then descend into the Welland; pass down that river, and enter the canal a short distance from the deep Cut; from thence they will rise again into the level supplied by the feeder from the marsh level, as mentioned above. After passing the 40 chains of deep cutting, vessels will then continue to descend at short intervals, until they reach the waters of Lake Ontario.

The reader will likewise observe, that the improvement of the Welland river, from the canal downwards, is also contemplated; and that a cut of 11 chains in length at its mouth, to render the access of vessels from the Niagara more safe and speedy, and the formation of a tow-path on its banks, is accordingly ordered to be commenced as soon as practicable. By taking this route, it is expected the canal will be so far completed as to admit the passage of vessels from one lake to the other, by the first of July next. [Farmers Journal]

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Jan. 17, 1829