The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1834

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p.2 The Rideau Canal - mentions Thomas McKay, Rideau, Margaret, Enterprise,Toronto, Iroquois, Ottawa, St. Andrews, Shannon. [Chronicle & Gazette]

Rideau Canal & Ottawa Route - a letter to Editor of Montreal Gazette signed by "Ottawa Settler". (see C.& G. May 24th)

The Rideau Canal - It affords us the utmost gratification to state that this magnificent work is daily developing its usefulness and its superiority over the river navigation. Sixteen cabin passengers, thirty deck passengers, and eight tons of luggage left Montreal on the afternoon of the 13th, and arrived at Kingston in the afternoon of the 18th inst. on board the steamboat Enterprize from By-Town, having in tow a durham-boat laden with passengers and luggage. The Editor of this paper being probably now on his return from Montreal via the Rideau, next week our readers may expect some further particulars...

From a Correspondent:

"Hurrah! The Rideau Canal for ever! I have just seen a Gentleman who left Montreal in a Durham boat on Wednesday and arrived here on Saturday night or Sunday morning. The scene which he described as having taken place at the point where the Canal and River navigations separate is both amusing and disgusting - Some half-dozen Clerks and other persons, apparently in the employment of the River Forwarding Companies, got on board the vessels from which Emigrants and baggage were to be forwarded, and used every kind of exaggeration to terrify passengers from coming on the Canal. - "that they would be swamped in the mud, that their vessels would have their bottoms stove in by the stumps etc. etc." However, all would not do, for by the Canal they came. He also stated that a craft that could have brought, at the utmost, only eight tons by the River, actually brought thirty six tons by the Canal. The Canal is in full operation. Hurrah!

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1834