The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1845

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(original at Queens University Special Collections)

p.2 Navigation From the Lakes To the Ocean - We some time since stated on the authority of a Canadian paper, that the Beauharnois canal (extending round the Cedar Rapids) opening navigation down the St. Lawrence to within 9 miles of Montreal, would be completed early in October, and that a vessel was announced to leave Kingston in this month for Liverpool. We understand, verbally that the Beauharnois canal will not be opened as early as was anticipated. Upon this statement originally made by us, the Cincinnati Atlas makes the following comment and suggestion:

"The opening of this channel of communication with the Ocean cannot but be of most importance to the commerce of the Lakes. The vessels engaged in that commerce have heretofore had to lie idle 5 months in every year; besides incurring a heavy expense stripping and refitting. As soon as these canals are completed, they can take in cargoes upon the upper Lakes, after the summer's business is completed, pass out of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, cruise about the Atlantic during the winter, and return in the spring laden with the products of foreign climes. At least the English vessels can do this - ours are excluded, England never having granted us the free navigation of the St. Lawrence.

It would be well, we think, for our Gov't to look to this matter, and see if we cannot obtain the right to use this important route to the Ocean." In commentary on the above the Toledo Blade says: "For six or seven months of every year the ports of the upper lakes may hold direct intercourse in their own ships with Boston, Liverpool, Rio and Canton; and during the period of winter they will, as above suggested, become carriers for others on the Ocean. To our mind nothing is clearer, than that around the great lakes will be the seat of Empire in North America. On these waters will be borne the comforts and luxuries, brought from all countries and climes, for use around their borders, and for distribution to the largest portion of the great valley. Here will be concentrated in the same marts, the foreign and domestic products of the whole world without and the great valley of our continent within. This prediction will seem extravagant to some people; but a full examination of the progress of causes now in operation will make its fulfilment almost as certain as the future march of time." [Oswego Whig]

A New Enterprize - Our attention was drawn this morning to a neat schooner-rigged craft lying at Greer's Wharf, which we were informed had come through direct from the City of New York without breaking bulk. On making inquiry of the Captain, R.B. Chapman, we found that our informant was correct - and further that the Magnet, for such is her attractive name, was built at Morristown, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., by her enterprising Skipper, will carry 115 Tons, and passed through the Erie Canal with 62 Tons in 3 1/2 feet depth of water. Captain Chapman left New York on the return trip, a week ago last Monday, and found no difficulty on the passage - his vessel working admirably. The Magnet had a freight of some 250 Bbls Pork for this port.

We hope the Magnet will always attract full freights and fair weather, and richly reward the enterprise of her young and enterprizing owner.

Lake St. Peter - Barque James Campbell, Capt. Miller, uses new channel through Lake St. Peter near Montreal. [Montreal Herald]

ad - Sale of Boats - The Public are hereby notified that the stock of Boats now in possession of the Long Island Regatta Club will be sold on the day of the Fair, at 3 o'clock P.M., without reserve, at auction. These boats are a six-oar gig, a four oar gig, and a skiff; none of which boats has yet been beaten - although often tried in the various Regattas around Lake Ontario.

(issues missing until Oct. 22nd)

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1845