p.1 We are glad to learn that the new vessel belonging to Messrs. Murray & Sanderson, constructed by Mr. Nelson Walker, of this city, upon the propeller system, arrived in port, on Wednesday, with 2 barges in tow, fully laden, from Kingston. Owing to the difficulties in the navigation, such a feat has hitherto been deemed an impossibility, no one imagining that any steamer could tow barges from Coteau du Lac to the Cascades. This has, however, been accomplished, and in spite of a strong head wind which prevailed at the time. The name of the new steamer is the Baron Toronto. The steamer left Kingston on Sunday morning, incurred the severities of the snow storm of Monday, and arrived, on Wednesday morning at Lachine; this shows the practicability of towing from Montreal to Kingston, via the Rideau Canal, and downwards, via the St. Lawrence. The Forwarders who accomplished the trip deserve credit for their enterprise.
We may here mention having been favoured with the sight of a model of Mr. Walker's "Patent Improved Guard Propeller," which is intended to obviate the many casualties to which his former propeller has been liable, in touching the banks of canals, and from the quantity of drift wood continually to be met with in canal navigation, particularly in the upper part of the Province. The above possesses decided advantages over the other, both in strength and power, and from the simplicity of its construction, can be repaired with the utmost facility. [Montreal Gazette]
p.2 St. Lawrence Canal - public meeting to push for completion; the Hon. Wm. Walker chaired the meeting. [Quebec Gazette]
Government Contract - to supply spars at Naval Dockyard - gives dimensions for 26 spars.