The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1836

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p.2 Application to Upper Canada Legislature - for improvements of existing harbours, formation of new harbours and canals, an application for a joint stock company for the Huron Fishing Company; also an application for a loan of money to the Huron Fishing Company.

p.3 On Monday week the new Steamer George Buchanan, whose launch we noticed a few weeks ago, was tried on the Lake of the Chats, where she is intended to ply. She left the mouth of the river Madawaska at noon and ascended the lake in fine style, calling at the different settlements on its banks, ran up the Bonchure river as far as Castleford, and reached the Schneiux in the afternoon. It being a question with many if the strength of the current at this part could be overcome by steam navigation, it was attempted on Tuesday morning, when the Steamer went up the Schneiux to the Portage du Fort in grand style; thereby affording ample proof of the Boat working well, and extending the advantages of Steam navigation about thirty miles farther up the Ottawa than before. [Bytown Gazette]

ice on Rideau not likely to leave for rest of season; the Shannon was to be laid up to be repaired, and replaced by the Cataraqui for the rest of the season between Bytown and Grenville, but weather might interfere - this will inconvenience merchants. [Bytown Gazette]

Letter to Mr. Jeffers - Letter VII


...Another thing whereby the business of Napanee would be bettered, is the building of a small steamboat of 25 or 30 horsepower to trade between Kingston, Hallowell, Bath, Sophiasburgh and Napanee only, not to run so much for passengers, as to carry the freight, that at present, by a hundred different channels makes its way to market. Would the leading people of the places I have named but join together, assisted by a few public spirited people from the country back, a steamboat might be built in the coming winter, that by proper management could pay the stockholders a handsome dividend. Such a project I know has been long in contemplation, and I see no reason why it should not be carried into effect....

We are sorry to say that our late townsman, J.G. Parker, Esq. of Hamilton, has lost a money letter, addressed to M.S. Bidwell, Esq. of Toronto, containing $1000, for which a Reward of $100 is offered. This letter was given to Capt. Herchmer, of the Britannia Steamboat at Hamilton, on the 28th ult. "who" says Mr. Parker's Advertisement, "agreed to deliver the same into the hands of James Brown, Esq. at Toronto, but did not do so... "

The Rideau Canal - The Steamboats Cataraqui and Margaret arrived this afternoon from Bytown, with three barges in tow, being the last of the Forwarding business done this year on the Rideau Canal. By the last accounts, the water is being let out of the Canal.

The Steamboat Bytown has taken the place of the Shannon, on the Ottawa River, and will ply to the close of navigation. The Shannon is about to be lengthened thirty feet.



Oct. 16th - The steamer Rideau, Drummond, with barge Mary in tow (consignees listed.)


Oct. 11th - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, Bytown.

Oct. 12th - The barge Thames, Montreal.

Oct. 13th - The barge Traveller, Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1836