The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1849

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p.3 Bytown and the Lumber Trade - The Lumber Trade is reviving in these parts, and cheerful hope of better business is seen in every man's face. Money, nevertheless, is still very scarce. The fall timber fleet is larger than usual, and a good deal of stuff is being shipped off. In addition, the Americans have at last found out Bytown and the Upper Ottawa, and have been here this summer and autumn in considerable numbers, at the present moment seven barges are loading with sawed lumber for the New York and Boston markets. The barges pass down the Ottawa to the St. Lawrence, thence down to the Chambly Canal, through it to Lake Champlain, and so to Albany, via the Whitehall Canal. This is a business that must improve yearly, and its commencement has given the Bytownese great spirit. The Americans have not, as yet, sent any lumber from Bytown to New York, via the Rideau Canal; but on my way thither, I passed several small steamers with barges in tow, having sawed lumber on board destined for the Oswego markets. This stuff has been cut at Pike's Falls, and at other saw mills on the Rideau Canal. [Whig]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 31, 1849