(copied from Whig by Bytown Gazette, June 22, 1843)
p.2 Internal Communication - Notwithstanding the unusual number of vessels that have arrived this season, it would appear that either the quantity of goods brought out is less than usual, or that from some cause they remain stationary at the Ports where they were landed. According to a statement which has appeared in the British Whig, the forwarding trade, as compared with former years, is greatly reduced, upwards of forty large barges are said to be laid up at Kingston alone. We are inclined to hope that this laying up of the large barges may be rather an indication of a new system of transport than an indication of diminished trade. We are aware that a new and smaller description of steamboats, one that could run the rapids, was introduced last year; and we learn from the same source that these have greatly multiplied this season. The Whig says:-
A small steamboat, making a circuit of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, including the Ottawa and Rideau Canals, leaves Kingston every day. On Monday, the Charlotte; on Tuesday, the Pilot; on Wednesday, the Dart; on Thursday, the Bytown; and the Lily; on Friday, the Pioneer; and on Saturday, the Grenville; besides a number of others, whose days of departure are not permanently fixed. - Of these vessels, the Lily is perhaps the fastest, and the Bytown and Charlotte the most capacious; altho' even in speed the Bytown has pretensions, for she made her last trip from Kingston in four days and a half.