p.3 In passing through Port Dover a few days since, we observed with much pleasure, a large schooner on the stocks, now nearly finished, the property, we believe, of the Messrs. McSwayne; there were also several other vessels in port, evidently preparing for their summer's work. We sincerely hope our new Member may succeed in getting a sufficient grant of money to complete this harbour, and of this we entertain little or no doubt, as his Excellency the Governor-General when he visited the Port last summer, expressed himself as convinced of the great importance and absolute necessity existing of something being done to complete and perpetuate the harbour. [Norfolk Observer]
Launch - On Saturday afternoon last, Messrs. H. & S. Jones' new Steam-boat St. David, intended for the Rideau Canal, was launched from the Ship-yard, occupied by Mr. Parkins, the builder. All things being ready the last stay which held her to her ways was withdrawn, and she glided into the water in fine style, amidst the cheers of a numerous collection of spectators. She was immediately towed by the Albion into the wharf, where she is rapidly progressing toward completion. [Brockville Recorder]
Montreal Gazette, May 12, 1841
p.3 A writer in the Brockville Recorder, noticing the preparations making at Perth, for carrying on the business of the season with spirit, says:-
Two new barges of the largest class, suited to the navigation of the Tay and its Canal, are on the stocks, and will soon be ready for launching. They are of a neat model, built for the purpose of bringing goods from Montreal to Perth, and carrying the potash and produce of the farmer to market. Besides these a third vessel is undergoing repairs, so that for a town in the back woods, Perth looks quite commercial. One merchant has his thousand barrels of flour to ship for market.
On Saturday last the fine barge British Queen was launched at Perth. She went off in very good style, is the property of Messrs. Bells and Doran, of Perth; built by Mr. Notter of Brockville. That a boat has been launched is not the point which particularly calls for notice, but that this has been done on the river Tay, forty two miles back from the St. Lawrence. There were a number of spectators present, who appeared well pleased at the scene.....