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 especially to run between Toronto and Dundas) about 2'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 banks. On arriving at the basin at Dundas, we found that the Britannia and Experiment steamers had proceeded the Burlington. A salute was fired and returned, amidst 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 manager of the canal, and the gentlemen of the town and neighborhood, dined together in the evening at Bamberger's Inn, Dundas. Mr. 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 of the table. At six o'clock upwards of 100 gentlemen sat down to an excellent dinner. The Ancaster bank occupied the front porch, which was tastefully fitted up for the occasion. The band deserves much praise for the high state of proficiency top which they have attained. The company did not separate until a late hour. - Ham. Express


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Date of Original:
August 31, 1837
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GLN.4855
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Peter Warwick
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), August 31, 1837