p.3 The mission to Canada of Mr. Tucker, the Admiralty Builder, who arrived out by the last steamer, is of a private nature, probably that of inspection. This gentleman visited Kingston last Tuesday, but left the same evening for Toronto and Niagara. It is said that he will pass rapidly along both shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and return to England with all convenient speed, while all present idea of laying down the keels of the iron steam frigate at Kingston must be abandoned, we cannot help feeling that the prompt attention of the Board of Admiralty to the defenceless state of Canada, in thus sending out their Builder, to inspect the actual condition of things on both sides, proves that abandoning the Canadas to the aggressions of our Yankee neighbors, is the last thing to be apprehended.
Rideau Canal - We understand that Messrs. McPherson and Crane have fitted up a splendid boat for the accommodation of passengers, which will run between Carillon and Montreal during the day time, thus affording to travellers an opportunity of enjoying the beautiful scenery on each side of the banks of the majestic Ottawa. The Porcupine has undergone a thorough repair this spring, and looks much better that she did before. She has taken her old station on the line between this and Grenville. The Beaver too, (a splendid boat) has undergone an overhauling and painting anew throughout - she runs between this place and Kingston. Much praise is due to this enterprising firm for the anxiety they manifest for the comfort and convenience of the travelling public, which we hope, will meet with that encouragement which they so justly have merited. The Prince Albert, the property of Hooker & Henderson, has also underwent a thorough repair, and plies between Kingstno and Bytown.
[Ottawa Advocate, May 9th]