The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Dec. 8, 1846

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Improvements in the Navigation of the St. Lawrence.

The Canal which surmounts the Gallopes rapids was opened to the trade on the 25th ult., on which day the mail steamer Gildersleeve passed through on her upward passage to Kingston. The short canal at Farren's Point will be opened in the spring, at the commencement of the Navigation, and the remaining two canals, Rapides Platt and Point Iroquois, will be completed and thrown open very soon afterwards, thus completing the entire line of Canal Navigation from Lachine to Kingston, so that Propellers and Barges can return to Kingston by the direct route, instead of, as heretofore, by the circuitous one of the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal.

We are glad to learn that the entrance lock from the river at Montreal to the Lachine Canal is in such a state of forwardness as to ensure its completion early next summer. All the new locks from that point upwards are finished, with the exception of hanging some of the gates, which are all completed. The Basin from the entrance lock at Lachine to the first coffer dam is finished, and the upper and east coffer dam is completed, so that the whole basin can be drained, and the work commenced early enough in the Spring, it is hoped, to admit of a month or six weeks being devoted to the work before the usual time of opening the Canal arrives. The Contractors and Engineers feel confident of completing the whole during the ensuing summer, so that the enlarged Canal and Basin may be used during the latter part of the business season next year. Both above and below this city, we believe, the most active and energetic efforts are making by the department of Public Works, not merely to complete the great chain of communication with the Lakes, which is hereafter, we trust, to be the leading instrument of the prosperity of the Province, but to afford those lesser facilities essential to developing the sources of particular localities. [Montreal Gazette]

The Last of the Navigation - On Saturday Messrs. Jones & Walker shipped for Montreal, by two steamers and 8 barges, 12,000 barrels of flour. About 15 schooners of those which were detained in the Welland Canal, are daily expected in Kingston.


The accessibility and safety of Toronto bay, as a harbor of refuge, over all other ports on Lake Ontario, has been fully demonstrated during the late severe gales, as on many former occasions. [British Colonist]

We would inform our contemporary that Kingston Harbour is on Lake Ontario. [ed. Argus]

As mentioned in our last, the breaches in the canal were duly repaired, but it was not then immediately navigable, on account of some bars having formed in its channel. These were so far removed as to admit the lighter vessels passing on Tuesday, and the two dredging machines being kept at work through the night, the heavier ones were able to get down on Wednesday. [St. Catharines Journal]


Port of Kingston - Arrived.

Nov. 18th - Schr. Highland Chief, Port Windsor, 260 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson; 49 do., Jones & Walker; 241do., H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Gledgard, Port Stanley, 5049 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Amelia, Port Credit, 75 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.; 5600 bush. wheat, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Nile, Cobourg, 106 bbls. flour, Q.F.C.; 361 do., H. & S. Jones.

Brig Rachael, Port Stanley, 2515 bush. peas, 1525 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Sarnia, Grimsby, 6000 bush. wheat, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

Schr. Sovereign, Hamilton, 769 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 528 do., C.F.C.; 239 do., Hooker & Henderson; 57 do., H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Hamilton, Port Stanley, 392 bbls. flour, 85 kegs butter, H. & S. Jones; 51 bbls. flour, 101 kegs butter, owners; 134 bbls. flour, 421 kegs butter, Jones & Walker; 26 bbls. potash, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Merchant Miller, St. Catharines, 1500 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

Brigantine Breeze, Hamilton, 1517 bbls. flour, 55 bbls. beef, Jones & Walker; 523 do., Douglas Prentiss; 784 do., H. & S. Jones; 483 do., Q.F.C.

Schr. Jesse Woods, St. Catharines, 580 bbls. flour, Q.F.C.; 320 do., J. Torrance.

Schr. Telegraph, St. Catharines, 563 bbls. flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.; 365 do., Jones & Walker.

Schr. H. Counter, Amherstburgh, 96 pcs. oak, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Enterprize, Sackett's Harbour, 942 bush. barley.

Schr. D.W. Church, 2500 bush. barley, Micah Mason.

19th - Schr. Endeavour, St. Catharines, 230 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Chief Justice Robinson, St. Catharines, 1254 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 228 do., McPherson & Crane.

20th - Schr. Sophia, St. Catharines, 1164 bbls. flour, 39 ashes, Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Oddfellow, Whitby, 433 barrels flour, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Jesse Woods, St. Catharines, 1436 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. A. Gage, Oakville, 75 bbls. flour, Q.F.C.; 1832 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Prince of Wales, Windsor, 1059 bbls. flour, 49 do. pork, H. & S. Jones; 1700 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

21st - Brigantine Liverpool, St. Catharines, 1000 bbls. flour, Q.F. Co.; 2222 do., Jones & Walker.

Schr. Ardelia, Toronto, 586 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Brigantine General Brock, Humber, 1305 bbls. flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.; 434 bbls. flour, 10 pork, Jones & Walker.

Schr. George Moffatt, Oakville, 599 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane; 273 do., Jones & Walker; 44 pork, Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Hectorine, Port Credit, 487 bbls. flour, Q.F. Co.

Schr. P. Victoria, Hamilton, 818 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 500 do., McPherson & Crane.

Schr. England, Hamilton, 1100 bbls. flour, 17 potash, Jones & Walker; 25 bbls. flour, Q.F. Co.

Schr. Isabella, Port Darlington, 816 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.


The following is an extract from the second Clause of the Act relating to the Harbor of the City of Kingston, passed by the City Council, Oct. 12, 1846:

"That no Vessel of any description, shall occupy any of the slips during the winter Season."

Notice is hereby given that any person offending against the above extract will be prosecuted according to law.

By order of the Mayor,

WALTER McCUNIFFE, Harbor Master.

Dec. 5th, 1846.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Dec. 8, 1846