The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 14, 1833

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p.1 In speaking of a somewhat exaggerated account of accidents that had happened to our Lake Craft during the recent gales, which account had appeared in several of the public papers, the Oswego Palladium remarks:-

We notice the above, because it is generally known that dreadful disasters occurred during the October gale on Lake Erie. It is well understood by our navigators, accustomed as they now are, by means of the Welland Canal, to the navigation of both lakes, that the navigation of Lake Ontario is far safer than that of Lake Erie. The south-westerly wind which blew during the tremendous gale in October, and which often causes some of our heaviest weather, rakes the whole length of Lake Erie. Before it touches Lake Ontario it must pass over a ridge of land averaging fifty miles in width, and rising more than 400 feet above the surface of the lake. Lake Ontario is besides some three or four hundred feet deeper than Lake Erie, and is almost free from the islands and promontories, which obstruct the navigation of Lake Erie. Though probably a greater amount of tonnage is employed in the navigation of Lake Ontario than of Lake Erie, yet a loss upon the former lake is of exceedingly rare occurrence, compared with the latter. We are particular upon this subject, because lake insurance is becoming a matter of very considerable moment with our men of business, and it is no more than justice that the superior safety of the Lake Ontario risk should be well understood.

Important Public Meeting - at Port Hope to push for canal to join Rice Lake to Lake Ontario. [Port Hope Warder]

The Mariner's Evening Hymn - a poem.

p.2 Navigation of the St. Lawrence - meeting at Ogdensburgh to discuss building a canal around Long Sault rapids on American side. [Ogdensburgh Republican]

It will be seen by advertisement that a meeting of our inhabitants is called for Monday next, to take steps for immediately constructing another Steam Boat in Cobourg, intended to ply between this town, Oswego, and Genesee, U.S. The capital required, we are told, is already provided for; and we therefore look with confidence to see the work proceeding next week with the characteristic spirit of the place. [Cobourg Star]

p.3 The Weather - ....We have now laid up in our harbour, the steamboats St. George, Sir James Kempt, Britannia, Kingston, Perseverance, Rideau and Margaret. Another night or two of such frosts as we have experienced will close up our harbour....

Niagara Steam Boat Canal - a meeting to take place at Oswego about "this all important measure."

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 14, 1833