The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 11, 1836

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p.2 Shipbuilding - in Quebec; "...The new measurement is nearly 50% more than the old; Mr. Black's vessel 746 tons old measurement, being equal to 1071, new measurement."

A few days ago, we noticed an improvement in our Canadian canal boats, which is likely to lead to still more important improvements. Instead of the common barges at present in use, we will shortly have superb canal boats, fitted up in a style equal to any in England. Thus we go. We have now pleasure in stating, that Mr. H.T. Lesperance, shipbuilder, has received orders from Messrs. M'Pherson & Co. to erect round houses in three of their largest barges, so they will not only be comfortable for passengers, but will be much safer than open boats for goods. A new boat of a similar construction, has just been finished by Mr. Lesperance for Messrs. M'Pherson & Co.. Mr. L. is now finishing four barges of the largest size for Messrs. Henderson, Hooker & Co. When we say the "largest size," we mean the largest on the St. Lawrence route - the locks being only twelve and a half feet wide, they will not admit the passage of a boat of greater beam. In addition to those Mr. L. has just built two barges for Messrs. Whiting & Co. each of twelve feet four inches beam. The boats built last year were much larger than any built previously, and have so completely superseded them, that it is not likely any more will be made under the size of those at present on the stocks. Indeed our Forwarders are allowing the smaller boats to rot on the banks of the canal. There are three barges on the stocks, nearly ready for launching, at the Current St. Mary - one for Messrs. Millar & Co. and the two others for the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company. But this is not all. Mr. L. has just finished on speculation, two barges, each, nineteen and a half feet beam and ninety feet long, which are intended for the Rideau or Chambly Canal. They are much larger than the common size, being 100 tons burthen each. He is now engaged in building a centre board schooner, of 130 tons burthen, for the Welland Canal and upper Lakes. This is the first attempt that ever has, we believe, been made to build a vessel of the above description in Lower Canada. The barges in use on the Chambly and Rideau Canals, and the schooners on the Welland Canal, have been hitherto built in Upper Canada, so that the present may be looked upon as a new feature in the annals of Lower Canadian shipbuilding. Mr. L. has, we are informed, lately returned from a tour in the States and Upper Canada, where he has examined the recent improvements made in the construction of canal boats, and is now determined, provided he meets with sufficient encouragement, that our neighbours will no longer take the lead of us. The building of the above mentioned schooner is an experiment which is likely to succeed; Mr. Lesperance having made estimates of the expense of labour, materials, etc. which lead him to think that he can afford to build cheaper than Upper Canada ship-builders. As the Gazette says of Mr. Lachapelle, the above facts are "deserving more particularly of notice and favorable consideration, as being contrasted with the apathy for public improvements which generally prevails among the French Canadians." The following is a recapitulation of the number of barges building - 2 for Mr. Lesperance, 4 for Messrs. Henderson & Co., 2 for the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company, 1 for Messrs. Millar & Co. Total - 12. [Herald]

Canal Navigation - N.Y. canals to open on 25th ult. [Herald quoting Albany Journal]

St. Lawrence Canal Engineers leaving for other jobs. [Cornwall Observer]

We are gratified to state to our readers that the steamboat Cynthia, Mr. Thomas McRae, Master, intends making regular trips three times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, between this and Chatham, during the season. She is almost ready, and will commence running in about ten days. The advantages of having a regular steam communication between Sandwich and Chatham, will be duly appreciated by the inhabitants of both places, and we have no doubt that the enterprise will meet with ample encouragement.  [Sandwich Emigrant]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 11, 1836