The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1835

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p.2 Navigation of Rapids in the River St. Lawrence by Steam-Boats - We feel assured that the public will be highly pleased to learn that this long talked of experiment, of descending the St. Lawrence Rapids in a Steamboat, has been accomplished by Capt. Brush, in the Nonsuch, built at Bytown, if we are correctly informed, of fifty horsepower. - With many others, we never doubted the possibility of this; it now remains to try those rapids upwards, they only run nine miles per hour, therefore there cannot be much doubt of success, if the steam-boat is properly constructed, but even if it does not at first succeed, it will be an easy matter to do so, with the assistance of iron chains, as proposed by the St. Lawrence Association in 1824, this plan would save upwards of 3 to £400,000 to the Lower Province, and might be accomplished in one season.

The progress of navigation on the rapids of the St. Lawrence is curious, it can be given in a few words: the first traders ascended and descended in birch canoes, next came bateaux which were at first allowed to drift down, until it was found much safer to sail through; then came the large durham-boats carrying 4 to 500 barrels flour, when properly managed sail or drift through with almost perfect safety. The first proposal to navigate steam-boats up and down originated as before stated, and it now only remains to attempt the ascent. [Quebec Mercury]

Report of a Survey to see if a cut could be made to make a new entrance into Toronto Harbor. (almost 3 columns)




July 19 - The steamer Thomas McKay, Chambers, with goods and passengers (consignees listed.)

July 21 - The steamer Rideau, Bowen, with barges Iroquois and Hawkesbury in tow. On board the Hawkesbury, a detachment of the Royal Artillery from England, ammunition and Ordnance stores. On board the Iroquois, 60 passengers and luggage (consignees listed.)


July 18 - The Steamer Bytown, Robins, with barge Clara Fisher in tow.

July 20 - The steamer Thomas McKay, Chambers, with barge Emigrant in tow.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1835