The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Colonist (Toronto, ON), July 28, 1841

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p.3 Public attention has lately been directed to the experiment which has been tried by Messrs. Murray & Sanderson, Forwarders, at Montreal and Kingston, of employing Ericson's screw-propeller on their barges; and the success which has attended their effort, is likely to very soon to lead to a complete change in the forwarding business of the country. We have heard it stated some time ago, that several gentlemen in this quarter who export largely this year, have it in contemplation to build a few vessels in which the Ericson screw propeller will be substituted for the ordinary steam-engine, - the object being to send their produce direct from the Port of Toronto to Montreal without transhipment; and we observe that two vessels of a similar description are now in the course of being built by the Niagara Dock Company. And it appears that the Forwarders on Lake Erie are also alive to the advantages to be derived from the use of the screw propeller; and it is stated in the London Gazette, that Messrs. Woodward & Hutchinson, forwarders, Port Stanley, "are constructing at the Marine Railway at Kingston, two schooners of one hundred tons burthen, to be propelled by Ericson's engines, to run regular trips twice per month between Port Stanley and Montreal, without discharging their cargoes. They will pass down through the St. Lawrence, and upwards through the Rideau Canal. The passage down to take five days, and upwards, six days; leaving ample time for detention in receiving and discharging freight."

The Gazette further adds: - "This novel mode of conveyance direct to Montreal from a port in the Province little known, will give facilities to the agriculturalists of embracing the highest market price for his produce at the shortest possible period, - and to the merchants, the very great advantage of having their goods from the Montreal mart in six days after their selection."

The want of a Marine Railway in Toronto has been long felt, and although it has been spoken of several times as an establishment not only necessary to the prosperity of the place, but one that would prove a profitable investment for capital, it has never been undertaken. No better opportunity for embarking in such a speculation could offer than the present, when it is considered that the craft on the lake is yearly increasing, and that the introduction of the Ericson Screw Propeller will render necessary a great many additional vessels suitable for carrying on the Lake Trade. The City and surrounding country are the most flourishing and wealthy in Western Canada, but it speaks little in favour of the public spirit and enterprize of the people, that no larger craft has as yet been built at this port than a common cord-wood scow.

We see that the Corporation, with the concurrence and assistance of some of our most enterprizing citizens are now actively engaged in making arrangements for lighting the City with gas and supplying it with water, and if, at the same time there could be found others, ready to embark in a speculation such as we have referred to, it would not only increase the lively business appearance of the place, but add to its importance more than would readily be contemplated.

Montreal Gazette, July 31, 1841

p.2 The Kingston correspondent of the Quebec Gazette speaks of the new steamboats now used between that place and Montreal, in the following favourable terms. - "I am in hopes that the new boats propelled by steam-engines in the sterns, operating by a sort of screw-paddle on each side of the rudder, will greatly improve the navigation to Montreal. There are now four of them. They go down by the St. Lawrence in a couple of days, passing all the rapids to Montreal; and return by the Rideau Canal in about three days, towing sometimes 2 or 3 durham boats durham boats. They drew only 3 feet and a half of water, and can take a large cargo, the engines occupying comparatively but a small space in the stern."

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British Colonist (Toronto, ON), July 28, 1841