p.2 The whole of the Lake Steamers, with the exception of the St. George and Canada, have been laid up for the season, although the weather is quite fine, and the navigation, in every respect as open as in the height of summer. The St. George will make one, if not two, trips up the Lake, and the number of passengers and the heavy freight she obtains, will we hope amply recompense her owners for the laudable attention paid to the public want. In the spring, before business can be said to have fairly commenced, and while the vernal tempests are yet blowing, every lake steamboat is anxious to be afloat, even at certain loss; and now when the gales of wind have ceased, the weather as mild as a spring morning, and an immense amount of business remains to be done, almost every steamboat has abandoned the lake. They appear frightened at their own shadows.
Rideau Canal - Last week we prematurely closed the Rideau Canal, an error into which we had been led officially. During the time the Bytown end of the Canal was closed by the ice, the barge Iroquois arrived with lake goods, and the Agent seeing no probability of the barge passing through to Kingston, sent her back to Montreal. In the meanwhile the weather changed; and the Iroquois a second time was sent to Bytown, when she arrived two days after the last Canal steamboat had quitted. As the steamer Bytown had been left on the Ottawa to take the place of the Shannon, she was immediately taken off that route, and sent on to Kingston with the Iroquois in tow, and arrived here on Tuesday last. Owing to the letting off of the water having been commenced at Kingston Mills, the Bytown took the ground below Brewers Mills and stuck fast, and there would have remained all the winter, had it not been, through the kindness of Mr. Thomas Burrows, a temporary dam was raised above where the steamboat grounded, and the water being let off in a body, floated the Bytown and bore her out of danger.
Letters to Mr. Jeffers - Letter VIII
a trip to Bytown - mentions condition of locks - chains are being replaced by bars on top for opening gates; the Canal should be in the hands of the Province; how Smith's Falls was renamed St. Francis; description of Bytown, Hull, Aylmer; mentions steamer Lady Colborne on Ottawa, George Buchanan, Shannon and Bytown.
OTTAWA AND RIDEAU FORWARDING COMPANY.
Nov. 17 - The steamers Cataraqui and Margaret, with barges Dolphin, Perth and Constitution in tow (consignees listed.)
Nov. 23 - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, with barge Iroquois in tow (consignees listed.)
Nov. 20 - The barge Perth for Montreal.
Nov. 22 - The barge Dolphin for Montreal.
Nov. 19 - The steamer Cataraqui, for Prescott.