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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 31, 1836

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p.1 The St. Lawrence [Neilson's Quebec Gazette]

p.2 Canadian Affairs - The River Trent - if the River Trent navigation is improved, it might benefit Kingston and Cape Vincent more than Oswego. [Watertown Eagle]

We should feel obliged to a "well-wisher to Kingston," to favor us with a call, when we shall explain to him the reasons why his letter cannot appear in its present shape. The writer offers some sensible remarks on the subject of protecting the Shipping in our Harbour, at certain seasons of the year. He states that we have at present more vessels in port than can be accommodated with safety - it being necessary to have some of them moored on the outside of the wharves - and very justly inquires what are we to do when our shipping increases. It must certainly be admitted that to afford the shipping ample room and safety, would be the surest way to increase it also.

The recent gales and the damage done to the vessels, have clearly shewn that our harbour, however well protected by nature, and we contend that few are more so, would still require some improvement to render it secure, especially during the prevalence of heavy southerly gales.

A well wisher to Kingston proposes to make this Port the best harbour in the Province, by constructing a wharf or breakwater, extending from Mississagua Point, sufficiently far to shelter the Bay from the South and South-West gales. That the wharf should run South East from Mississauga Point not less than 400 feet - then East in the direction of Point Frederick 1000 feet, which would completely shelter the Bay - and that 50 vessels might easily and safely be laid up during the winter along the proposed wharf. The writer with some justice remarks, that independent of other considerations, in this position vessels would be out of all danger of fire - and thinks for instance that the Great Britain, Commodore Barrie and other craft, situated as they now are, but too much within the reach of that most destructive element.

We would beg leave to recommend this subject to the attention of the Kingston Dock Company, who are about constructing a break water at the Mississagua Point.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 31, 1836