The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1835

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p.3 To the manifold advantages arising from the navigation of the inland seas of North America, may be ascribed the present state of prosperity, limited as it is, which the Upper Province of Canada enjoys, and consequently it must be universally felt that every improvement suggested for the encouragement of this trade, should be forwarded with all the energies which the population are capable of exerting.

The spirited enterprise which the Hon. John Hamilton has undertaken, and is about to put in practice, deserves the unqualified approbation of the public. We allude to the intended winter navigation of Lake Ontario by the steam boat Traveller, which (as we noted in our last,) Mr. Hamilton has fitted up expressly for this design. This is the first experiment of the kind which has ever been tried in this country, and there cannot be a doubt of the decided benefits arising both to the agricultural and mercantile interests, from a successful issue of the attempt. An uninterupted communication by water all the year round with the upper part of the lake, would give an increased impetus to the trade of the Upper Province, and break upon our long winter months with a novelty which would tend in some measure, to relieve their dull monotony.

While on this subject we have to observe, that many complaints have reached us of the uniformity of the lights on the British side of Lake Ontario, which must necessarily, in dark or foggy weather, occasion much doubt in the mind of the navigator, and have a tendency to lead to very fatal consequences. The light on Nine Mile Point we would more particularly allude to, as being one which first deserves the attention of the Legislature. The dangerous situation of this point of land is too well known to require description; but the many fatal and ruinous accidents which it occasions call for some immediate remedy. It has been suggested to us, that if a revolving light was substituted, in place of the one now used, it would have the effect of removing, in a great measure, the dangerous character of the Nine Mile Point. The cost of an alteration of this kind, would be but trifling; say about £50 to £100 - but the consideration of even a greater sum should not be entertained for a moment, when life and property are so much involved in the question.

We hope soon to see the day, when matters calculated to advance the internal improvement of the country, such as the one we have now touched on, will occupy more the attention of our legislators, and take the place of the useless and acrimonious discussions on comparatively trifling subjects, which have hitherto too much characterised the proceedings of our domestic Parliament.

We are happy to announce the arrival of a Barge from Quebec, built on the diagonal plan - she arrived last evening at 6 o'clock, in tow of the Rideau steamboat, which had 3 other barges astern, making the best display of the advantages of the towing system yet witnessed in our port. We hope this spirited enterprise shewing the advantages of the towing system will be followed up, and that Mr. George, who has come up to recommend its adoption on our Lakes and Rivers, will be met by a corresponding spirit.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1835