The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1845

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p.2 Steam Ferry Between Kingston and Wolf Island - The Messrs. Ives in connection with Mr. Joseph Pearson have placed the steamer Hunter on the Ferry between Kingston and Long Island. The Hunter plies three times a day to and from Long Island, touching at Garden Island each way. We trust the inhabitants of these Islands and the Town generally, will unite in supporting this new enterprise which will contribute so much to the convenience and interest of all parties. To the Islanders the advantages must be very great in a business point of view - and the opportunity for a little healthful recreation which it affords to the inhabitants of Kingston will no doubt be duly appreciated.

New Forwarding Company - We understand that a Forwarding Company, under the name of Bog, Dickson and Company, have leased Mr. Scobell's large storehouse and Wharf and are about to commence operations on a cheaper scale than the Tariff agreed to by the other Forwarders.

To the Editor of the Chronicle & Gazette.

Sir; - I now beg leave to resume my communications to you, and to give you a few more of the impressions which have struck me on my journey westward.

From Toronto I proceeded to Hamilton by the beautiful steamer Eclipse, we touched at Port Credit, Oakville, Wellington Square, and passed through the Burlington Bay Canal. The harbours, or rather as they ought to be called, the wharfs, for they are not harbours - except indeed Oakville may be called one - give at their extreme ends a depth of from 10 to 14 feet of water, by no means depth sufficient to warrant our Lake Mail Steamers to attempt to call there in a gale of wind, with a heavy sea, and I observed that these wharfs for the most part in very bad repair, so as to be very inconvenient if not dangerous after nightfall. We had very great difficulty in getting through the Canal at Burlington Bay, and a variety of opinions prevail as to the ultimate success of the new work. One thing is quite certain viz. that at the bar in the Canal - (for a bar there will always be) - if there is not 14 feet of water over it, it will fall very short of what it was intended to by, viz., an easy and safe channel for every description of vessel, whether loaded or unloaded, either a vessel of war or otherwise, to pass out of Lake Ontario into Burlington Bay for security - either in a storm or from the pursuit of an enemy. Any man who has paid the slightest attention to the principles upon which all harbours, and indeed upon which all the shores of these Lakes depend, will see in a moment that to obtain deep water at the piers forming this Canal must from their great length run into at least 20 feet deep of water, and probably of 23 or 24 feet, the sand brought up by the seas of the Lake will be constantly forming a bed at an angle of 30 degrees or there about, and the same effect is produced by the westerly winds from Burlington Bay, where the influence of these two powers meet there will be a bar, and the height of that bar will depend upon its distance from the blue clay in the Lake, which is usually found at about 3 or 3 1/2 fathoms deep....

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1845