p.2 On the afternoon of Saturday the 23rd instant a small steamer of 45 horse power, named the Quebec, was launched from the building yard of Mr. A. Cantin at the Cross. On Wednesday afternoon another of 30 horse power, named the Kate, and on Saturday last a boat of the same class and power, called the Norna, was launched at the same spot. These boats have been built for Messrs. Ferguson, Miller & Co., and are intended to make the circuit, to Kingston by the Ottawa and Rideau route, and back by the St. Lawrence, and to be engaged in towing, carrying passengers and freight. They do great credit to the builder, who has succeeded admirably in combining strength, capacity, and, above all, very light draught of water, taking into consideration the limited size to which he was confined. Messrs. Ferguson, Millar & Co. expect from Niagara early the ensuing week a boat of the same description, built and fitted up at that place last winter, named the Ann.
Montreal Gazette, May 4, 1842
p.2 We mentioned on a former occasion, that steam schooners were to be employed in navigating the Upper Lakes and the River St. Lawrence, from Port Stanley to Montreal. We have since learned from the Niagara papers, that the schooner St. Thomas, Captain W.R. Taylor, and owned by Messrs. Woodward and Hutchison, of Port Stanley had arrived at Niagara for the purpose of being fitted with one of Ericson's propellers. She left Kingston for that purpose, and made the passage in 21 hours; and proved herself in every respect a good sea boat. She is intended to convey freight between Montreal and the Upper Lakes, without breaking bulk.
Launch - We omitted to notice, in our last that, on the previous Saturday, at the hour appointed, the beautiful schr. Jessie was despatched into her destined element, in fine style, by her builder, Mr. W. Parkin, in the presence of a large number of spectators. She is the property of Messrs. Sanderson & Murray, and is intended to be employed in the Lake business. [Brockville Recorder]
Montreal Gazette, May 5, 1842
Since the opening of the Lachine Canal, on the 2nd instant, it presents a scene of bustle and activity which is truly gratifying. The substitution of swing-bridges across the Canal in place of the old ones, now permits all kind of craft, with masts or funnels, to pass through; the owners of the Ericson propellers, owing also to the new bridges, have been enabled to add a cabin on deck, which will greatly promote the comfort of passengers travelling by that mode of conveyance. Last night the Ericson, having one of the propellers of that name, left port for Kingston. She has a flush deck from stem to stern, and a very commodious and well-fitted-up cabin on deck. The cabin fare to Kingston is only six dollars, and the steerage three dollars, meals extra. Messrs. Murray & Sanderson, to whom this vessel belongs, have another vessel of similar construction to the Ericson, and a small steamboat; and the three vessels will ply upwards between Montreal and Kingston by the Ottawa and Rideau Canals, descending by the St. Lawrence.
Messrs. Macpherson, Crane & Co. will have on the River St. Lawrence two steamers, capable of making the entire route, and three revolving steam barges, fitted up with the improved propellers; but we have not learned whether they are to convey passengers.
Messrs. Ferguson, Millar, & Co. will employ on the St. Lawrence, as last year, the steamboats Dolphin and Aid; together with their new steamers Quebec, Kate, Norna, and Ann, which, as we mentioned on Monday, will make the circuit to Kingston by the Ottawa and Rideau route, and back by the St. Lawrence; and be engaged in towing, and carrying passengers and freight.
The arrangements for travelling between this city and Bytown, will be found in our advertising columns. Of the arrangements of the other forwarding houses, we are not informed, but we shall be happy to give an account, when we obtain the particulars.