The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Quebec Gazette (Quebec, QC), 8 Jul 1840

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p.3 Rates of Towage for New Steamer Raftsman

Notice - The Steamboat Raftsman, built in Upper Canada for the purposes of TOWING RAFTS into the Port of Quebec, has now commenced running, and a regular Tariff having been fixed for Towage - Lumber Merchants and their foreman may rely on moderation and conformity in the charges. Quebec 8th July, 1840.

see also U.C.H., Dec. 10, 1839

"Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Counter are building a new schooner and a new steam boat at Garden Island, to be launched in the spring. The steam boat is intended to tow rafts between Montreal and Quebec. So look out good people of Lower Canada. Next May day morning you will see come dashing down the rapids, as if it had dropped from the clouds, a fine new steam boat, not quite so big as the John Bull, but big enough to put you into a pretty considerable fright, if you are not wide awake."

see also C. & G., March 7, 1840 p.2

"Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Counter, at Garden Island, are building a tow steam boat to ply between Montreal and Quebec; their own rafts will afford her a good deal of employment, and the public will no doubt liberally patronise an undertaking which has for its object the breaking up of a monopoly. This boat will be of great advantage to the lumber trade in the despatch and security it will afford in crossing Lake St. Peters......"

see also U.C.H., April 14, 1840 p.2

"Messrs Calvin, Cook & Counter launched a fine schooner, called the Wm. Penn, from Garden Island last Thursday. Their new steamer intended for towing rafts between Montreal and Quebec will be ready in about a fortnight, when she ( ) go down and receive her engine, which we believe, formerly belonged to the Lady of the Lake...."

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    Latitude: 46.81228 Longitude: -71.21454
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Quebec Gazette (Quebec, QC), 8 Jul 1840