The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1836

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p.1 untruths about Welland Canal blamed on Buffalo by Oswego. [Oswego Advertiser]

p.2 letter about trip up river and canal from Syracuse to Oswego, includes description of Oswego - a marine railway is being built.

Increased Quantity of Water in Lake Ontario [Toronto Albion]

The arrival of the barge Quebec, the first voyage of a decked vessel of 100 tons burthen from and to the Lakes of Upper Canada, ought to create an enquiry if it is not possible to build vessels of 200 tons burthen on the same principle which has been used in the construction of that vessel; it is an improvement of Mr. Jones, of His Majesty's Navy Dock Yard at Plymouth - its properties are elasticity, strength, and durability; this last has been proved by the Quebec, the William, the Orleans, the Swan, and several others.

The principle proposed to obviate all difficulties in surmounting the River St. Lawrence, is to place chains at those points in the Rapids that will not admit of a steam-boat towing up loaded up barges of 200 tons burthen; or to excavate a canal from Coteau du Lac to Vaudreuil, - either will give to Montreal and Quebec free access to the Lakes of Upper Canada, and the Far West, in a few days, without any extravagant outlay. Possessing these advantages over such an extent of inland navigation, superior to that of any country in the world, with extraordinary arable lands 1000 miles up the river St. Lawrence, must we be pestered with the reports about the local interests of this or that village, town or city, and will they not all thrive if decked vessels of 100 to 200 tons can carry on the trade? and will not population and wealth follow? Let it be remembered and it is an American calculation, that the valley of the St. Lawrence, its banks and tributary streams appertaining to the British Empire, are capable of maintaining in comfort a population of Forty-five millions of souls. [Quebec Mercury]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1836