The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), April 22, 1841

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p.2 The Ship-Yards and Port - Our ship-yards and harbour exhibit a scene of activity and preparation far exceeding that of former years. During the winter and spring, Mr. Parkins, whose reputation stands high as a ship-builder, has constructed, and is completing, seven new and substantial barges. Several of these are already launched, and the remainder nearly ready to be sent into the water. Four are for Messrs. Easton, Ross & Co.'s new forwarding line, and are fitted for ascending the St. Lawrence. Two of a large class, destined for the Rideau route, are for Messrs. H. & S. Jones. One of these is sufficiently large to admit of a steam engine, and, we understand, is intended to be propelled on the Ericson principle, if it should be found to answer. An experiment, we learn, is to be made by Messrs. Sanderson & Murray, who are preparing barges of the largest class, for the purpose. Mr. Parkins has also on the stocks two steamboats. The St. David, for Messrs. H. & S. Jones, built on a model which we have not before seen. The fore part is made of a width to fill the locks of the Rideau Canal, while the after part is compressed sufficiently to admit the wheels without their projecting farther but than the broadest part of the vessel. This vessel is in a state of forwardness, and will be launched in the course of a week. She is intended to perform the circuitous route down the St. Lawrence and up the Rideau. The Vulcan, for Messrs. Sanderson & Murray, is one of the largest class of Rideau steamers, constructed on the usual principle, and will be launched in about a fortnight. She is intended for the Rideau route. Mr. Parkins gives employment to a large number of men, and expends in his business a very considerable sum weekly. This is highly beneficial to the country, as all these people must must have the necessaries of life. For these they are indebted to the agriculturalists, who, eventually, benefit by the outlay. Besides what has been doing by Mr. Parkins, the exertions of Mr. Notter are by no means to be overlooked. This individual has been gradually obtaining notoriety in boat building. Since the close of the navigation, he has constructed five substantial barges. Four of these are for Messrs. Easton, Ross & Co., and one for Messrs. Sanderson & Murray. His outlay must, of course, be considerable. It is to be hoped that the rising commerce of the Province will be such as to sustain and extend this comparatively new branch of industry, in this section of the country. The wharves and warehouses along the water, also exhibit scenes of industry and activity. The different Forwarding Companies, whose stores are well filled, are busily preparing to send off their barges and boats, as soon as the navigation is open below; while the schooners which were laid up here, are about taking their departure westward, to commence the business of the seaon. Two steamboats only remained at this port during the winter. The Dolphin, recently purchased of her former proprietors by Messrs. Ferguson and M'Gibbon, is, we understand, to be placed on Lake St. Francis, and employed principally in towing. The Albion is getting ready to take her station in Messrs. H. & S. Jones' Forwarding line, on the Ottawa and Rideau. The heretofore extensive accommodation for storage and forwarding in this port, have been increased by Messrs. Matthie, Easton & Co. who have made large additions to their warehouses. In short, the movements of the different trading firms and forwarding companies show a revival of business and consequent tendency to prosperity, highly gratifying to every individual who feels an interest in the advancement of the country. [Brockville Recorder]

Opening of the Navigation - Early on Monday morning, the well-known bell of the Gore drew all hands to the wharf, to greet the first arrival of the season, a most welcome event truly in the present state of the roads, and after four months winter. The Gore takes her old route to and from Rochester and Toronto, calling at Cobourg and Port Hope, on her way down, for the present, twice a week, namely, Mondays and Thursdays in the morning, and returning the following evenings. She is this year commanded by Capt. Kerr, a gentleman favourably known to the travelling public as late Captain of the Burlington, Capt. Dick, who formerly sailed the Gore, having now charge of his own vessel, the Toronto. [Cobourg Star]

The Navigation - The ice took its departure from our harbour on Friday last. One schooner from this place, the Prince Albert, departed westward on the same day, and another passed up from below on Thursday afternoon. The steamer Oneida, from Ogdensburgh, went up yesterday on her first trip. Three schooners leave today. Tomorrow the Albion leaves for Kingston. That harbour is not yet open, but it is said the channel from below is open to Garden Island. The south channel is open to the Lake. [Brockville Recorder]

The new steamer City of Toronto, partly owned, and commanded by Capt. Dick, came to anchor at Browne's wharf yesterday afternoon. We walked down to view the welcome visitor, and on descending the cabin stairs found a goodly company, with Captain Dick at the head, and Isaac Buchanan Esq., croupier, assembled at a well-spread board. A number of ladies also honoured the occasion with their inspiring presence. Having been courteously invited to participate in the festivities, we spent there a very pleasant hour, amid good humour, appropriate toasts, and corresponding speechification. [Toronto Herald]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), April 22, 1841