The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1833

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p.2 The Rideau Canal is beginning to be useful: on Friday morning a raft of 300,000 feet of timber, belonging to Mr. Reuben Sherwood, arrived in Kingston from the mills of that gentleman. The Rideau Steamboat left this town the latter part of the week before last, for Bytown, and was four days reaching a distance of 18 miles, owing to the shallowness of the water between here and the locks at Kingston Mills, and between the locks and Brewer's Mills. We have had some conversation with an intelligent gentleman, who resides some thirty miles on the canal route, and from him we gather, that the western end of the canal can never become navigable for vessels drawing more than three feet water, and in some places even that draught is thought by many to be too much. It has been asserted by such authority that we cannot pass it over in silence, that the whole of the expense incurred in perfecting the works between Kingston and Brewer's Mills, will have to be abandoned, and that an excavation must eventually be made to perfect this great national undertaking. For if in one of the most rainy seasons sufficient depth of water cannot be obtained, what may be expected in an ordinary summer? One of the consequences attendant on drowning so many thousand acres of land has been the extreme unhealthfulness of the country; the same authority upon which we ground our preceding remarks, having painted to our mind frightful pictures of the fevers of the past and present year.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1833