The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 5, 1855

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p.2 steamboat Fashion purchased by Capt. Wm. Cavelry and Joseph Raymond for towing on Lake St. Clair and Detroit River during the coming season.

For Sale - The well-known tug steamer Erie as she now lies at Lachine; apply to Hooker, Pridham & Co., Kingston or Hooker, Jaques & Co. at Montreal. 5th March

For Liverpool - The new ship Eliza Mary, 900 tons; for freight or passage see Capt. Gaskin.

March 6, 1855

p.2 Department of Public Works


On the River St. Lawrence

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that TENDERS for the TOWING of ALL VESSELS for which such service shall be demanded, between KINGSTON and MONTREAL, or any of the Intermediate Ports, will be received at this Office, until MONDAY, the SECOND DAY of April next.

The Tendes sealed and endorsed "Tenders for Towing," are to be addressed to "The Chief Commissioner of Public Works, Quebec," - and they are to state the lowest Annual Bonus for which the Towage will be done, based on the following general principles, viz: -

1st - That as many Tow-Boats are to be employed on the service as may be found necessary from time to time to perform the work so effectually as to ensure the vessels being forwarded without a detention of more than Twelve Hours on any part of the route.

2nd - That the Tow-Boats employed between Dickinson's Landing and Prescott, shall be of not less than Sixty Horse Power, and those on the remainder of the route of not less than Forty-five Horse Power; but without reference to these stated powers, it is to be understood that vessels drawing not more than Nine Feet water on the downward trip, or Eight Feet water on the upward trip, shall be towed at an average speed of not less than Five Miles per hour.

3rd - That the Tow Boats shall not be engaged in the towing of Rafts, in the carrying of Freight, or in any description of Forwarding Business.

4th - That the service of towing for each year shall commence on the First day of the Opening of the Navigation in Spring, and shall be continued until the close.

5th - That in the event of any accident occurring to one or more of the Tow-Boats, the Contractors shall have others at command, to be immediately substituted, so that no interruption of the Trade shall take place.

6th - That the rates charged, per mile, for all Towage, upwards, shall not exceed those specified in the accompanying Schedule, and for Towage, Downwards, the charges shall not be more than One-third of such rates.

7th - That the rates shall be charged according to the following distances, viz: -

From Lachine to lower entrance of the Beauharnois Canal - 19 miles.

From upper entrance of Beauharnois Canal to Cornwall - 40 miles.

From Dickinson's Landing to Prescott - 41 miles.

From Prescott to Kingston - 61 miles.

When a vessel is taken in Tow at any other points than three mentioned in the above table of distances, the Towage may be charged for from the commencement of the last station, unless otherwise specially agreed on.

8th - That when the Tow Boats pass through any of the Canals, they, together with the wood for fuel, shall pass free of toll.

9th - A Contract will be entered into for the towage for three years, but the tenders are to state, what the bonus demanded will be reduced to, if the period is extended to five or seven years respectively.

10th - The bonus will be paid in three equal instalments; one on the first day of August, one on the first day of October, and one on the fifteenth day of December in each year.

On entering into Contract, solvent and bona fide security will be required for the full and due performance of the Contract, and heavy penalties will be prescribed for any delay that may be caused to vessels, or for any infraction of the conditions of the Contract.

Tenders are desired either for the towing on the whole line from Lachine to Kingston, or for any of the divisions thereof.

Any further information that may be required, can be had on application to this Office.

By order, Thomas A. Begly, Secretary Public Works

Department of Public Works, 26th February, 1855

(also included is a chart "Rates for Towage, per Mile, for each Vessel, upwards" taking into account draught of water and breadth of beam.)

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 5, 1855