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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1842

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p.2 Prosperity of Kingston - mentions steamers Frontenac, Charlotte and Dalhousie when comparing Kingston of 20 years ago with present.

p.3 Improvements In Our Inland Navigation - Our attention has lately been frequently drawn to the very great improvement that has been made in the speed of our Inland Navigation, caused chiefly by the adoption, on the Ericson Propeller system, of steam to the Barges between Kingston and Montreal, for the introduction of which we are indebted to those enterprising Forwarders, Messrs. Sanderson & Murray, whose example we are glad to see, is being generally followed by the other Forwarding Companies.

The Propeller, which left Montreal on Wednesday morning, arrived here on Friday night, (3 days), freighted chiefly with goods from Quebec, which, by means of the mail steamers between this Port and Toronto, were delivered there in 5 1/2 days from Quebec, and 4 1/2 days from Montreal.

When this can be accomplished by the circuitous route of the Rideau Canal, what may we not expect when the St. Lawrence Canal and the other great national improvements now going on, are finished, considering that these Propellers at present make the trip from Kingston to Montreal in about 28 hours, running down the Rapids of the St. Lawrence.

One of the most rapid voyages on record, between Kingston and this city, was performed by one of McPherson, Crane & Co.'s barges - the Fame. This vessel left Lachine on the morning of Saturday, the 21st, and returned from Kingston on the evening of Thursday, the 26th instant - thus taking only 4 1/2 days to the upward and downward voyages. [Montreal Gazette May 28th]

Canadian Policy - Some of the Canadian papers state, on the authority of their Engineers having in charge the new works on the Welland Canal, that in consequence of recent advices from England, giving assurance of ample means from the Home Government, preparations are to be made for immediately commencing the enlargement of the stone locks on the canal named. These locks are to be 185 by 45 in the chambers, and will be put under contract as soon as the necessary estimates can be made.

On this subject the Cleveland Herald says: The British never neglect an opportunity to "make hay while the sun shines." The Locofoco Legislature of New York stopped the work on the enlarged canal from Lake Erie to the Hudson, and forthwith John Bull jumps into the ditch connecting Erie and Ontario, offs coat, ups with sleeves and works away like a fellow on a good job. Half a dozen years hence we shall see Liverpool ships taking in flour at Cleveland wharves! Who doubts it? [Albany Advertiser]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1842