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Official Documents And Other Information Relating To The Improvement Of The Ship Channel Between Montreal And Quebec
by Various
Binding: Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Gallaher Press
Weight: 1.05 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1408610310
ISBN 13: 9781408610312
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1884 INTRODUCTION The object in collecting and publishing the following docu ments and notes is to place before the public a connected account of the improvements in the ship channel of the St. Lawrence be tween Montreal and Quebec from the first attempts up to the pre sent day. An endeavour has been made to give the facts as much as practicable in detail, with but little comment, further than that necessarily made in introducing the several dbcuments. Those have been placed in the order of time, except in cases where the sense or continuity is better preserved by a slight variation. The principal sources from which information has been obtained are the Library of Parliament at Ottawa,, printed reports of the Harbour Conimissioners and printed correspondence, all of which no doubt are fully reliable. All the information obtainable and directly connected with the improvements from their beginning up to the year 1850 is given in detail, as it is of great interest, and is t conveniently within the reach of the general public, being scattered through the journals of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada previously to 1841, and subsequently through the records of the Parliaments of the United Canadas. After the year 1850, at which date the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal werb invested with the .execution of the work the information obtainable is fuller and better connected, being embodied in the reports And in the reports of the Department of Public Works. Of the period from 1850 to 1865, when the depth of 20 feet was attained, the account given here is not so much in detail as in the earlier stages, but sufficiently so to convey a clear account of the progress of the work. Since the renewal of operations in 1874, the work has been conducted on a much more extensive scale than formerly, and full reports, which may be obtained easily, have been issued annually. On this account, and in older to restrict the size of this pamphlet, only the main events in the history of the improvements since that time are given. There are many points of interest relating to the ship channel here sketched. There is an interest peculiar to it as being the great water way of the country, the great ocean highway of the Dominion, the natural route to Europe for three quarters of the Continent of North America. Its existence goes back into the past far enough to give it an historical interest, while it is a matter of greater import,ance in the present day than at any former period. The men who were active in the first attempt to improve the St. Lawrence ship channel in 1825 have probably all passed away, and personal memories of them no longer exist, except, perhaps, with a few of our oldest citizens, but many of our older men remember well those who have been connected with the available improvements since they were actually begun in 1851, and some of these have lived almost to the present time. One deserving special mention is the late Hon. Johri Young, who was a Harbour Commissioner from 1850 until his decease, in 1878, with the exception of thl ee years, being for twenty five years a member and thirteen years Chairman of the Board, and who, for a lifetime, devoted enthusiastic energy and unslacking perseverance to the advancement of the St. Lawrence navigation. 0thel...

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