The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Jan. 4, 1834

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p.1 Memorial to the House of Representatives of the U.S., for construction of a Ship Canal around the Falls of Niagara, from residents of Oswego. (2 1/2 columns)

p.2 A New Brockville Steam Boat - We suggest to our fellow townsmen the probability of calling a meeting for the purpose of adopting measures to build a new steamboat on the Burdenian principle, to run from this to Lachine or Montreal. Such a boat, it would appear, may be built at much less expense than one on the old construction. The whole cost would probably not exceed £3500. Mr. Burden's boat, (300 feet in length,) only cost about £5000, with a 75 horse power engine. If the project is entered into with spirit, the boat may be got ready to run by the first of May next. [Brockville Recorder]

The beautiful new steamer Brockville paid our harbor a visit on Christmas, and another yesterday. Whether she answers the purpose of her owners in running the Long Sault, we are not informed. She is certainly as handsome a boat as ever was set afloat on this river. [Prescott Gazette, Dec. 31st]

The Welland Canal - discussed in Legislature. [York Patriot]

Welland Canal - the Legislature has to get moving to ensure that the Western produce moving east benefits the Provinces. (full column) [York Courier]

Niagara Canal - the U.S. has to get moving on their own canal. [Cleveland Advertiser]

p.3 The Welland Canal - extracts from Engineer Wright's report on state of canal.

The Niagara Canal - editorial on Americans pushing for their own canal.

New Route from Kingston to Cape Vincent - It affords us much pleasure to learn that it is in contemplation to cut a Canal in the course of next summer across Long Island in front of this town, by which means it is intended that a Steam Boat shall ply between Kingston and Cape Vincent five or six times a day, thereby avoiding the present extremely unpleasant and inconvenient route by the Ferry, and across the Island. The proposed Canal would facilitate the communication and trade of this place with our American neighbours in a very essential degree - and the work, we are happy to learn, could be executed at a comparatively small expense. We have it from a gentleman of intelligence who has made a survey of the route, that the length of the necessary excavation would not exceed one mile, and that the soil is exceedingly favourable for such an undertaking - there being no rocks to encounter, and the lands are so level that no locks will be required. The route of the proposed Canal is to run from that bay beyond Ferguson's Point through the land occupied by Mr. Hoover, and from thence into Big Bay, which lies about one mile north west of Carleton Island. The distance between here and Cape Vincent by this route will be about 12 miles, and one great advantage which this place will derive from it will be a daily mail from the American shore, instead of the present defective arrangement. The expense of this undertaking is estimated at $10,000, and we have reason to believe that $4000 of this amount would be contributed by our neighbours of Cape Vincent and Jefferson County. The respectable proprietors of Long Island would also, we have no doubt, contribute liberally to the completion of a work which would tend so very materially to enhance the value of their property.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Jan. 4, 1834