The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 20, 1833

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p.2 We are happy to learn that the Welland Canal at length promises to reward the persevering enterprise of its projectors. It was opened about the middle of last month; is amply supplied with water; and in the most complete order. Great numbers of vessels have passed through it already. Our informant states, that on his way down the Canal on the 8th instant, he met four schooners - three of them from Oswego for Cleveland, deeply laden. One of these vessels left Oswego on Thursday afternoon, and was put safely into Lake Erie at Gravelly Bay (twenty-four miles above Buffalo) early on the Sunday afternoon following. She will probably make one of the quickest trips known between those two ports, and must show all persons concerned the great advantage of the route. The schooner Huron last week brought 800 barrels of pork from Cleveland, and having lighted a little, passed through the Canal in less than two days. The Detroit passed with 100 tons on board, and fifty more in a lighter, which she reshipped at Port Dalhousie. The masters were in high spirits, and delighted with that part of the Canal completed last year, and now first brought into use, between Port Robinson and Gravelly Bay, which conducts vessels at once into broad water on Lake Erie. There can be no longer any doubt of the success of this grand work. Its importance to the country seems never to have been duly appreciated in this part of the Province; while in others, an unaccountable hostility has been manifested towards it. We trust that before many years shall have elapsed, its locks will all be reconstructed on the scale of the improvements which are to be effected on the St. Lawrence; and when that object has been attained, the Canadian Provinces will possess a magnificent uninterrupted inland navigation for steamers, extending from Quebec to St. Mary's. [Kingston Chronicle]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 20, 1833