p.2 From a letter lately written by a gentleman travelling to Upper Canada, on board the steamer Iroquois, Capt. Barber, we have made the following extract in relation to this extraordinary boat. The writer pays a well merited compliment to the proprietors of the Upper Canada Line of Stages and Steamboats, who, with such laudable perseverance, overcame the obstacles by which their experiment was surrounded, and brought it into successful operation.
"In passing down the rapids of this beautiful river in the steamboat, we descended with such speed, as scarcely allowed us time to view its magnificent scenery, and from the swiftness of the current, we were induced to believe that it would be extremely difficult to ascend - but the ease and facility with which she is now overcoming the most difficult part of Rapid Plat, is convincing proof that the experiment has fairly succeeded, and that this is the most delightful way of travelling up the river. Much credit is due to the enterprising proprietors, Messrs. A. Bigelow & Co., for the unwearied pains they have taken to accommodate the public in this respect. The engines of this boat have been greatly improved during the past winter, and in such manner as greatly to increase her speed, at the same time lessening the consumption of fuel; and are in all respects highly creditable to the science and skill of the engineer, Mr. Hulbert, of Prescott, under whose superintendence, I understand, the improvements have been made; a young gentleman whose acquirements and knowledge of his profession, entitle him to the confidence and patronage of those interested in steam navigation."