The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Brockville Recorder (Brockville, ON), Dec. 3, 1846

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(copied from Whig by Brockville Recorder, Dec. 3, 1846)

p.2 The Rideau Canal - On Friday last the weather moderated, and the Forwarders made a great effort to extricate their boats and barges, shut up in the Rideau Canal by the frost. The Prince Albert, by dint of great exertion, broke the way to Brewer's Mills; and the Stanley and some other small steamers, with a dozen or more barges in tow, worked equally well on other parts of the route; so that by their united and combined exertions a little fleet of barges were safely towed into Kingston harbor, in the course of Saturday and Sunday. The large quantity of Flour yet in Store, for the Montreal market, (one house alone has 15,000 barrels, ) renders the arrival of these vessels quite a God-send; for as the River will remain open some time longer, great hopes are entertained that the whole cargoes, will yet reach Montreal. The weather has again become cold, and such craft still in the canal as cannot take advantage of the openings made, must remain froze up all winter. The Whig is fated to be wrong in its prognostifications, for this morning the steamers Chieftain, Bytown, Hunter, and another, with a small fleet of barges, broke their way through the ice between this and Kingston Mills, and arrived safe in Harbor. We think we may now safely predict that this will be the last arrival. [Whig Dec. 1st]

The Lake and River Steamboats - are still running, but their trips are very irregular. The H. Gildersleeve left for the Landing yesterday, and the Highlander left for Cornwall to-day. The former vessel returns to Kingston, and may make another trip; the latter is on her last trip. The Princess Royal leaves for Toronto to-night, and does not return again. The Forwarders intend to forward as long as the weather permits. The Erie belonging to Messrs. Walker & Jones, with 12 barges in tow, is on her journey upwards, via the St. Lawrence, and should she and her convoy arrive safe, they will be loaded with flour yet in store, and sent back to Lachine. [ibid]

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Brockville Recorder (Brockville, ON), Dec. 3, 1846