p.2 Launch - Last Wednesday afternoon, the new Steam boat Henry Gildersleeve was launched from the Marine Rail Way Company's yard. She belongs to the proprietors of the Sir James Kempt, and is intended to replace that Boat on the Bay next year. The new boat received her name in honour of Capt. Gildersleeve, who has been foremost in promoting the Bay and river steam boat navigation. The day was remarkably fine, and the Launch was attended by a vast number of spectators. The boat was gaily decorated by various national flags - the christening ceremony was performed by Miss Counter - and the H.G. glided gracefully into the water amidst the cheers of the spectators. She is an admirable model, and does the builder, Mr. Shea, great credit. She is larger than the Kempt, and is to have an engine of 60 horse power from Wards foundry, Montreal. The boilers are already here, other parts of the engine are frozen in at Kemptville, but they will be brought up on the first sleighing, and the boat will start next spring. May she pay as well as the Kempt has done: better luck we could not wish her.
Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Counter are building a new schooner and a new steam boat at Garden Island, to be launched in the spring. The steam boat is intended to tow rafts between Montreal and Quebec. So look out good people of Lower Canada. Next May day morning you will see come dashing down the rapids, as if it had dropped from the clouds, a fine new steam boat, not quite so big as the John Bull, but big enough to put you into a pretty considerable fright, if you are not wide awake.
And we see, from the Montreal papers, that a new steam boat, called the Highlander, was lately launched at Coteau du Lac, intended to take the place of the Neptune, on Lake St. Francis. The Highlander will be ready in the spring.
The lake boats are all laid up for the winter. The river boats are still running.