p.3 New Canal at the head of Long Sault, Ottawa River - progress being made.
The new Steam Boat Ottawa, which has been built during this season, at the head of the Long Sault, on the Ottawa River, was tried for the first time at La Chine, on Tuesday last; and we understand gave general satisfaction to all who saw her. Under every disadvantage, arising from the newness of the machinery and towing two boats astern, she went from La Chine to the upper mouth of the Chateaugay river and returned; a distance of more than 14 miles, in one hour and twenty minutes. We shall feel happy in hearing of the success of this Boat. We understand she is intended to ply between La Chine and the Cascades, to keep up the communication with the Steam Boat lately built on Lake St. Francis, and to go weekly to the foot of the Long Sault, on the Grand or Ottawa River. This gives her an interest as being designed to open a ready access to one of the most fertile and flourishing districts in the Province, where it has hitherto been so much wanted. The Engine is an eighteen Horse power, was made at the Montreal Air Furnace, and is, we believe the first Steam Engine ever made in Canada. It is on the most approved construction, combining strength and neatness with great simplicity; and demonstrates, the important fact, that we can now obtain Steam Engines, without expending our money to pay the labourers of the old Country; and liberates us from the heavy charges, which always result, from one Country being totally dependant on another, for their most necessary articles.