Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1859
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p.2 For Salt Water - A new vessel of about 400 tons, hailing from Sandusky, came to anchor in the harbor yesterday morning, bound for London. We did not learn her name. On Saturday three vessels from the Upper Lakes cleared for the salt water, the Masillon, M.S. Scott, and Sultan.

The Navigation Interest

About a fortnight ago the writer had the pleasure to meet Mr. M.K. Dickson of Montreal, who is extensively engaged in forwarding on the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence rivers, the Rideau Canal, etc., with whose conversation he soon became deeply interested, on the subject of the great injury done to the towns on the St. Lawrence frontier, from Montreal to Toronto, by the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, and the injustice commited by the government in lending its aid, or rather becoming an active partner in the Company, to compete with and ultimately ruin the several forwarders on the lakes, rivers, and canals, whose capital was wholly invested in steamers, schooners, barges, and other plant, with full capacity to do the whole carrying trade of the country. Mr. Dickinson alluded, with considerable warmth, to the neglect of the government in overlooking a petition, signed by gentlemen interested in the navigation of our waters, presented to His Excellency the Governor General and Council last winter, praying for the rescinding of certain orders in Council, now in force, granting certain privileges to American craft in the navigation of canals, etc., and which are not reciprocated by them. This petition, though only asking the government to give the shipping interest of Canada the same amount of protection which the American Government affords its own shipping, by virtually excluding Canadian vessels from their canals, etc., was treated with indifference, no answer, or notice of it, having been given from any quarter.

The disabilities under which Canadian forwarders have labored, in consequence of the American competion, were clearly and forcibly pointed out by Mr. Dickenson, who was thoroughly "posted up" in all the particulars of the trade. This favor granted to the Americans seemed to be regarded by him as most suicidal to the interests of the country, which the Government are bound in honor to protect, as well as most unjust to the vested interests of the forwarders; and it was but reasonable to expect that when the subject was formally brought before the authorities, some effort would have been made immediately to remedy the evils complained of.

The writer having forgotten the circumstances of the presentation of the petition, and feeling a strong desire to have the facts alluded brought prominently before the public of Kingston, who are the greatest sufferers by the Government's acts of late years, we requested of Mr. Dickenson a copy of the petition and other documents relating thereto, which were forwarded to this office last week. Their publication has been unavoidably deferred, but we shall embrace the earliest opportunity of inserting them.

The St. Catherines Journal, in reference to the breakage of one of the gates of the Welland Canal locks, says:-

"Whether this accident was the result of carelessness or not we cannot say, but taking previous events of like nature into account, we should at once conclude that nothing less than gross neglect or want of attention on the part of the captain or crew could have caused it. The commerce of the country will not, owing to the transition season at which the accident has occurred, be greatly incommoded by this break, as nearly all the wheat, corn, etc. of last year's growth that was at the West has gone forward, and the new crop is not yet in market. Those engaged in the stave, timber or lumber trade, may, perhaps experience some inconvenience, and many of the vessels employed in this business will lose the trip or two which their owners purposed making previous to re-fitting for the grain business. Should any very large amount of grain or merchandize present itself for transportation, we believe we are correct in stating that the Welland Railway Company will at once run a few trains of cars per day from Port Colborne to Port Dalhousie, and thus obviate the necessity of sending produce to the seaboard by the expensive and circuitous route through New York State.

-sturgeon caught 5 miles from Brockville at Cole's Ferry, 6 feet long, 102 lbs.

p.4 Break In The Welland Canal - By telegraph from St. Catherines we learn that a very serious breach occurred on the Welland Canal yesterday evening, by the carrying away of the gates of Lock No. 25, near Thorold, by the schooner Quebec of Kingston, which was passing. The country is said to have been submerged to the depth of several feet, and the grain to have been considerably injured. It will take a week to repair the damage. [Colonist, 17th]

The N.Y. Commercial of Friday says: The sch. Indus, Capt. Humphrey, from Milwaukie via Quebec, with a cargo of lumber, is the first vessel that has ever arrived here from Milwaukie. Capt. H. speaks of great inconveniences which all vessels encounter in getting through the canals into the St. Lawrence, and says that on account of the narrowness and shortness of locks, it cannot ever be a means of communication extensively with the sea-board. The Indus is 250 tons capacity, and of light draught.

Lumber Statistics - amount of timber staves etc. leaving from upper lake ports for European ports. [Chatham Planet]

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1859