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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1845

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p.2 The Canal has been thronged with passing vessels since our last, and so far as we hear every thing works well. Some of the old schooners look quite diminutive in the new locks. The canal presents a very handome appearance where it is where it is perfected, and men are actively engaged in completing the towing path. The Oswego & Chicago line of Propellers appear to do a good business - a large number of passengers went up on the first day, and on Sunday morning the New York, from Oswego the day before, went up, with several families on board. These migrants seem all very respectable, and tolerably well off. [St. Catherines Journal]

Opening of the Welland Canal - This long looked for event has at length come, and vessels are arriving freely from the upper lakes. The business men here and across the lake have been disappointed, and disconcerted in their engagements and arrangements, by the unexpected delay in the opening of the canal - a delay that will not be likely to occur hereafter. The opening, upon the enlarged scale, is an event of no ordinary importance to the growing commerce of the lakes, and to vast fertile regions of country, bordering on our inland seas. We congratulate the public upon the opening of the navigation of the most grand, magnificent and permanent ship canal yet completed on this continent. A work of the first magnitude in a commercial point of view, it is of no less importance in its relations and influences upon the great interests of peace. As a channel of commercial intercourse, it forms a new bond of amity and alliance between people of different States and nations, divided only by artificial lines. It will tend to bring together and unite by the ties of interest, the people of different Governments, having a common origin, religion and language, living under similar laws and institutions, so favorable to harmony in the great family of man, and to unite in the bonds of perpetual friendship, the millions of a common destiny, who are to people these shores. [Oswego Whig]

Highly Useful Invention - Lieut. Charles French, engineer, attached to U.S. steam revenue cutter Dallas, the iron boat now on the stocks in this city, has made a model of an apparatus to be attached to the flues of working steam engines, to remove deposits from smoke, and should dispense with the need for high smoke-stacks. [Buffalo Pilot]

The Propeller Syracuse, built at the shipyard of George S. Weeks, will be launched from the dock at the foot of first street at 5 o'clock p.m. on Saturday next. The Syracuse, built by Mr. Weeks for Merrick, Davis & Co. is, we believe, the largest vessel ever built here for the upper lake trade, and as large as the Welland Canal can pass the present season. She is of 350 tons burthen, and will stow 2,000 barrels below deck. She has a commodious and well finished cabin on her main deck with ten state rooms, and extensive accommodations for passengers. Her capacity and accommodations are unequalled by anything built here in the line of freight vessels. She is built with great strength, of the best materials and thoroughly bolted through and through. Her Engine and machinery now going on board are upon the Erickson plan and were constructed by Hart, Highman & Co., of the Vulcan Works, Utica. The Syracuse is advertised to leave here on the 23d of this month, as one of the propellers forming the New York, Oswego and Chicago line, under command of Capt. Wm. Williams, an experienced, capable and faithful officer. [Oswego Whig]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1845