The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), August 31, 1837

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Opening Of The Desjardin's Canal - This publick work, about which so much has been said, was opened for vessels not drawing more than eight feet water, on Wednesday last. We embarked on board the Burlington steamer (which has been built expressly to run between Toronto and Dundas) about 2 o'clock, from Gunn's Wharf, Hamilton. The day was remarkably fine and the view from the head of the little lake towards the town, was really beautiful. About two miles this side of Dundas, the motion of the boat dislodged so much mud from the banks, that very serious apprehensions may be entertained that it will speedily fill up, if immediate means are not adopted to secure the bank. On arriving at the basin at Dundas, we found that the Britannia and Experiment steamers had preceeded the Burlington. A salute wa fired and returned, amdist the acclamations of thousands of well-dressed people who literally covered the different boats and thronged the shore. The Hamilton and Ancaster bands were in attendance, and added greatly to the pleasure of the scene, by the excellent manner in which they performed.

The managers of the canal and the gentlemen of the town and neighbourhood, dined togehter in the vening at Bamberger's Inn, Dundas. W. Paterson, Esq., in the chair - supported on the right by the hon. James Crooks, and on the left by the hon. - Wells. W. Notman, Esq., presided at the foot fo the table. At six o'clock upwards of 100 gentlemen sat down to an excellent dinner. The Ancaster band occupied the front porch, which was tastefully fitted up for the occassion. The band deservers much praise for the high state of proficiency to which they have attained. The company did not separate until a late hour. - Ham. Express

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), August 31, 1837