The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1869

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p.2 Shipping News - Garden Island - The bark Canada arrived here today from Saugeen with timber. The brigs L. Cook and Sir C. Napier sailed yesterday, the first for Cobourg, and the latter for Toledo.

J.H. Henderson & Co's wharf - The schooner Union Jack arrived yesterday evening from Toledo with 14,000 bush wheat. Her cargo will be taken to Montreal by the barge Tiger, which leaves tonight.

The M.T. Company's wharf - The propeller Bruno for Toledo left this morning.

The Excursion To Jones's Falls - The excursion by the steamer City of Ottawa to Jones's Falls on the Rideau Canal on Wednesday proved a remarkably successful and pleasant affair. The boat had quite as many passengers as it could well accommodate, and the party was made up of a very desirable company. Colonel Paton and the officers of the battalion had among the patrons of this excursion (got up in behalf of the band fund) the Mayor, the County Judge, the Sheriff, the Brigade Major, the Police Magistrate, the City Clerk, and a large number of gentlemen and ladies attracted by the interest of the novelty of an excursion on the Rideau Canal, and the desire to see the locality of the recent disaster. The boat left at eight o'clock to the music of the band, and soon made its way to Kingston Mills, where the tedium of locking was killed by a good many getting on shore and spending the forty-five minutes' detention in examining the neighbourhood. While the boat was in the lock under the great tubular bridge which spans the romantic gorge at this place, a Grand Trunk freight train rattled across overhead, and furnished a new sensation to the excursionists. Speeding along through a varied course of artificial canal and natural lakes, as well as what used to be the dismal feature of this route, the "drowned lands," the aspect of which is now completely changed owing to the entire decay of the standing timber, the boat passes successively the lock at Lower Brewer's Mills, and the two locks at Brewer's Mills, the latter the seat of an important water power and extensive saw mills, now rented from Mr. Robert Anglin to an American firm largely engaged in the manufacture of sawed lumber for exportation to the United States. Next some narrow contracted cuts blasted from the solid rocks have to be passed, by the rugged side of which the boat almost grazes, soon to emerge into wide expanses of lake with rocky or timbered banks, not so bold as at Kingston Mills, but quite picturesque, and having considerable resemblance to the much admired scenery of the lower Scottish Highlands. To the great majority of the party the scenery was entirely new. Few Kingston people indeed know the Rideau Canal, which, besides its great public works, has many unpretending attractions to recommend it to the tourist. Some sudden turns in the channel have to be repeatedly followed, each revealing a change of view very much like what is seen in the Lake of the Thousand Islands near Gananoque, where the channel of outlet is not always immediately visible. At Jones's Falls the empty locks, with the ruined gates hanging on their broken hinges, as seen from the steamer, tell the story of the late break in the canal at this place, while as the steamer approaches the landing shore nears a wrecked and sunken barge, the fated vessel which was being passed through at the time of the disaster. Her crushed sides and battered stern tell of the violent usage to which she was subjected by the rush of water through the locks, and the crushing of the gates upon her. The party having landed hurriedly visit the great works and select the ground for picnicing under the shady trees on the hill side in full view of the bay at the foot of the locks. The examination of the stupendous masonry of the locks and of the great dam, an immense work costing alone 40,000 pounds sterling, proved of much interest. Next the falls had to be visited - a very pretty foaming waterfall - and very soon the time allotted for the stay was consumed. The return voyage was begun between four and five in the afternoon, and the boat got in about ten o'clock, after an exceedingly pleasant day had been spent. This excursion is said to be the second of the kind from Kingston in the course of twenty-five years, but from the expressions of delight and satisfaction uttered by the participants in the excursion of Wednesday it will not be difficult to get up a third within a very minute fraction of that length of time.

The Rideau Canal - Repairs at Jones Locks - It is estimated that it will require fully three weeks if not a month from this date to complete the repairs to the damaged lock gates at Jones' Falls. The debris of the broken gates has been collected together; and a gang of workmen under the superintendence of Mr. Abbott, foreman, are engaged in framing new gates on the spot. The progress made thus far consists in hewing the timber and partially mortising some of the pieces. The tackle for rigging the gates has yet to be got up, and a large amount of labour remains to be done. The men engaged are accustomed to the work, some of them having been employed for many years by the Canal office. As an incentive to pushing on the labour the workmen have been promised their regular wages and free board. Mr. Slater, of Ottawa, made a visit on Wednesday, per steamer City of Ottawa, and the steamtug Eleanor, engaged in conveying supplies, made a trip from Kingston the same day, carrying cordage, provisions and various stores.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1869