The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 15, 1841

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p.2 The Lakes - There is no little alarm felt along the lakes because of the great fall of water which has been for a year or two and still is in progress. Since 1836 the water in our river has fallen more than three feet, and it is still two feet higher than it was in 1820. In that year it was a fraction over six feet lower than it had previously been. Should it now go down to the low mark which it reached in 1820, it will be impossible for any of the large boats to pass over the St. Clair flats heavily laden. Indeed, it was sometimes impossible for them to do so the present season. It is not strange, therefore, that considerable anxiety is felt upon this subject.

Nor will Buffalo be any better off. Should the water reach the lowest mark, the bed of the canal at that point would be above the level of the lakes! Already navigation has been interrupted, from the fact that the low state of the water does not fill the channel of the canal. That evil, however, can be remedied by digging but it would take a long time and a great deal of money, to dig a channel through the St. Clair flats. [Detroit Daily Advertiser]

p. 3 The Weather - ...Though the navigation of the Lake may be said to be closed for the season, still an occasional schooner may be seen moving on the face of the waters.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 15, 1841