The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 1, 1841

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p.2 Memorial presented to Legislature of the State of New York by Oswego County inhabitants who object to any more money being spent on enlargement of Erie Canal.

(part) The memorialists say "that the freighting business between New York and the Upper Lakes, by the way of Buffalo, since the Welland Canal has been in good condition has not been prosperous; while by the way of Oswego and Lake Ontario it has been exceedingly profitable - in proof of which, our Lake tonnage has quadrupled in that short period - the tolls of the Welland Canal have increased 40 per cent in each of the last two years; and all the Lake Erie coasters capable of passing that Canal, have joined ours in this trade; and we are persuaded," they add, "that two contingencies likely to happen at an early day, will end all competition for the trade of the Upper Lakes, and give it exclusively to the Ontario route."

The contingencies thus referred to are, - the completion of the line of railroad from Syracuse to Buffalo, and the enlargement of the Welland Canal Locks, to pass ordinary Lake Steamers...."

Ice at Buffalo - ...A friend has furnished us with the following table, showing the relative time of the opening of navigation, at two of the principle ports on Lake Erie, taken from the Report of the Topographical Engineer's department.

Year Cleveland Buffalo Difference

1830 April 3 April 6 3 days

1831 March 29 May 8 40 days

1832 March 28 April 27 30 days

1833 April 2 April 28 30 days

1834 Feb. 1 April 5 64 days

1835 March 27 May 8 43 days

1836 April 14 April 26 2 days

1837 March 20 May 22 63 days

1838 March 25 April 4 10 days

1839 March 21 April 10 20 days

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 1, 1841