February 28, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)



The amount paid to the contractors so far is $75,000. Of their first contract of 1,300 feet of breakwater, they have completed 900 feet. I was there a few weeks ago, and I am glad to say that the work has stood the test of the storms, though the plan was a little weakened while I was on the other side of the ocean. Before I left we had specified a breakwater 25 feet wide, with a buttress inside. Only the breakwater has been built. Though it has stood the test very well, we have been obliged to put heavy rip-rap on the outer side. My hon. friend (Mr. Lancaster) knows Lake Erie better than I do, and he knows that when there is a large storm there the waves are as high as on the Atlantic Ocean. In spite of that, and in spite of the fact that we had this winter two big storms, the breakwater has not budged more than a couple of inches. Still, on examining the work I thought it better to authorize the rip-rap to be used. To build the work to the shore, we shall require an additional length of not quite 4,000 feet of breakwater and 800 feet of stone approach. The whole length of the breakwater and stone approach will be about 5,700 feet. When this is completed you will have an area of twelve acres for a harbour there. The De-20
partment of Railways and Canals are building wharfs at the entrance to the canal. The breakwater is intended to protect the grain trade conjing into the canal.

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