Port Dalhousie

Table of Contents

Title Page
Harbours And Port
Toronto Harbour, Or Bay
The Port Of Liverpool, Or Pickering, Formerly Called Frenchman's Bay
Whitby Harbour
Port Darlington
Raby Head
Bond Head, Or Port Of Newcastle
Port Hope
Presqu'isle Harbour
Scotch Bonnet Lighthouse
Weller's Bay
Kingston Harbour
Sackett's Harbour
Port Ontario
Oswego Harbour
Little Sodus Bay
Big Sodus Bay
Genesee River
Oak Orchard Creek
Niagara River
Port Dalhousie
Port Of Hamilton & Burlington Canal
Port Credit
Wellington Square, And Nelson Or Bronte
Port Britain
Extract From "An Act To Compel Vessels To Carry A Light During The Night And To Make Sundry Provisions To Regulate The Navigation Of The Waters Of This Province." 14 & 15 Victoria, Chap. 126
Royal Humane Society's Directions for the Reocvery Of The Apparently Drowned
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Port Dalhousie
To sailing vessels, this is without doubt the most important Port on the Lake. Every vessel bound to or from the Upper Lakes is obliged to pass through the Welland Canal, and consequently to enter or leave this Port. It has the advantage of being easily made in any weather, and with any wind.


It is furnished with an excellent Lighthouse, built on the end of the east pier, containing a revolving bright light.

There are no shoals or dangers of any kind to be feared in approaching Port Dalhousie; the only caution requisite for a sailor, is to guard against standing inside the range of the West Pier in working in, as between it and the remains of an old wharf there are two rocks and a shoal (all below water) on which he would put his vessel ashore. The piers run N. and S. to the bend, thence to the lock N. E. and S. W.; they are about 3,000 feet long, 200 feet apart, with an average depth of 12 feet water. The basin or pond to the east of the steam-boat landing is too shoal to be of any service, and it reflects no little discredit upon the Commissioners for allowing so much valuable space to be lost, when at a comparatively small cost the capacity of this important port could be so greatly improved.

It has been told me as a fact, that between three and four miles N. or N. by W. of the lighthouse, the compass dips, and for a short time becomes so disturbed as not to be relied upon. I have not been able to verify this, but shall feel much obliged to any of the Captains frequenting this Port, communicating to me the result of their experience.


From Port Dalhousie to Burlington Canal, W. 3/4 N. 32 miles.

" " Oakville, N. W. by N. 32 miles.

" " Toronto, N. by W. 33 miles.

" " Whitby, N. N. E. 55 miles.

" " Long Point, E. N. E. 136 miles.

" " Mid-channel between Real and False Ducks, E. by N. 1/2 N. 174 miles.

" " Niagara River, E. by N. 12 miles.

" " Devil's Nose, E. by N.1/2 N.


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electronic edition is based on the original in the collection of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.