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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1844

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p.2 We copy the following from the Port Hope Gazette, and we do so because our attention has been largely called to the subject, and because, although our contemporary has very modestly avoided saying so, we have been informed by persons on whose judgement we can rely, that Port Hope is under all circumstances, better adapted for the construction of a safe and commodious Harbor, than any part of the coast from Toronto to Kingston. One of our Correspondents has addressed us on the subject, and we intend to publish his Communication on the first occasion which presents itself.

From the Port Hope Gazette.

The Harbors on Lake Ontario - With a view of bringing the state of these harbors more prominently before the public, we copy the following from the Chronicle and Gazette. It is a melancholy reflection that for the want of safe harbors a vast amount of human life and property are annually sacrificed; and it is the more so when we consider how easily the evil might be remedied. Between Kingston and Toronto, a distance of nearly 200 miles, there is not a single harbor approachable in stormy weather, and some of them are not safe even for vessels to lie in, in stormy weather. Where Government has expended money on these harbors it has invariably been where there is no chance of getting a safe harbor; and hence the expenditure is very generally and justly regarded as a very unfortunate and valueless waste, incapable of producing anything of substantial utility. The country bounding on and contiguous to this part of the lake is universally admitted to be, in point of fertility, one of the finest portions of the Province, and this must be regarded as a circumstance that enhances the importance that attaches to the state of these harbors. If any local jealousy, rivalry or animosity, have in times past poisoned the ear of the Government regarding these harbors, and if in consequence of this, large sums of money have been spent in attempts to form, where nature has not favored such a project, harbors by artificial means, and the places where good harbors might have been made, were neglected, we can only say that we hope such a circumstance will not occur again, but the true condition of the harbors will receive proper consideration from the Government, and be put into an efficient state, thus affording safety and facility to the mercantile and shipping interests of Canada West. Without exposing ourselves to the accusation of being guided by a local bias we may state that Port Hope may possess one of the best, if not the very best harbor on Lake Ontario, and yet we cannot pretend to say that it is easy of approach in stormy weather, though once safe into the present harbor, vessels are in a state of the most perfect safety. What makes it bad of approach is the narrowness of the piers. With piers properly placed down, and the size of the harbor extended, Port Hope could boast of a harbor approachable with ease in all kinds of weather, and affording the most complete shelter from the violence of a storm; and by this means the annual sacrifice of life and property, spoken of in the subjoined letter, would be no longer a subject of complaint, commiseration and remonstrance.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1844