The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1840

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p.2 Oswego - Travel and State of Trade - Our harbor presents an animating scene by the almost constant arrival and departure of steam vessels and other craft. The steamboat Great Britain has taken her place in the daily line between this and Lewiston. Besides the American boats that ply daily between this place and the ports on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, the British boat St. George is running regularly between this port, Toronto and Hamilton, touching at Port Hope and Cobourg. We have also a daily intercourse with Kingston by a variety of boats. An unusually large portion of the western travel now passes this way in consequence of the great saving in time, expense and fatigue.

Our docks present a tolerable lively aspect but the quantity of goods going West is not as large as in some former seasons. The Village trade appears rather brisk, and our merchants are selling their new goods at very reduced prices and for a smaller profit than formerly. The arrival of produce by the Welland canal, especially wheat, is large notwithstanding the large quantities going to the Canadian ports. [Oswego Herald, May 25th]

Welland Canal - The St. Catharines Journal of the 14th instant, has a list of vessels passing the Welland Canal, between the 5th and 11th of May, which shows that 30 vessels passed up within that time. In four days, from the 6th to the 10th of May, 56 schooners passed down deeply freighted with the products of the West - no schooner of less burthen than 100 tons. A comparative statement of the tolls received from the opening of the canal to the 30th April, in 1839 and 1840, show an increase this year over last, of about $750.

By the exhibit in the Journal, the important fact is disclosed that a very large and unusual portion of the Western wheat and flour passing the canal has gone to the Canadian Ports on Lake Ontario. Many of our vessels are now in the employ of the Canadians, who have been the principal purchasers in the wheat and flour markets of the West during the winter and spring. A large portion of the Western produce is going by way of the St. Lawrence, instead of the Hudson, and this diversion of the legitimate business of New York will tend to test the validity of the whig estimates of canal revenue, and to show at the end of the season how much necessity there is for the enlargement of the Erie canal. [Oswego Herald, May 25th]

The Port of Kingston - The trade of this Port has never, perhaps, been in a more prosperous and flourishing condition, than at the present moment. The quantity of produce on our wharves is enormous; and though many new storehouses are being erected, the want of Store Room is very severely felt. The Ottawa & Rideau Company alone, have nearly 30,000 Barrels of Flour on hand. The Rideau Canal is in active operation, and our Forwarders will carry on an unusually extensive and highly profitable business this season.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1840