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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1829

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p.1 conclusion of the Welland Canal Company Report; talks about why changes were needed in the design. (3 columns)

p.2 The Rideau Canal - A press of political matter obliged us, most unwillingly, to defer to this late period, the interesting event which took place on the 6th ultimo, on the Line of the Rideau Canal in this immediate vicinity - we allude to the launch of the Steam Boat built under the auspices of Mr. Robert Drummond, the contractor for a considerable section on the line of this highly useful and important work. The Boat, in its present form, is, we understand, intended to pump the water out of the Coffer Dam for the completion of the first Lock out of Lake Ontario, to remove the rubbish from the bottom, and thereby deepen the water in several places between the works of Bytown and Kingston, and finally, to form one of the many which we hope to see navigating the waters of this new and useful channel.

Her dimensions are 80 feet in length, 15 feet breadth of beam, and 6 feet in depth; her power is that of twelve horse, and she had her engine on board when launched. This event fully justifies our impression of the rapidity with which these works are conducted, and the science displayed in every branch of the operation.

One Lock is now nearly completed, and the Dam is allowed to be the best specimen we possess of architectural excellence - and the only one on the line which has been successfully closed. Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon the superintending Military Engineer, (Lieutenant Briscoe) for the indefatigable attendance and scientific skill which he has devoted to the important trust reposed in his judgement; nor can we fully appreciate the disinterested and enterprising spirit which has actuated Mr. Drummond in conscientiously fulfilling every part of his engagement in a work so replete with difficulties and so susceptible of casualties.

We shall have great pleasure in again reverting to the progress of these interesting operations, and of hailing with proportionate delight the continued success of, what we have no hesitation in declaring to be, the best executed and most faithfully performed portion of this highly useful, as well as ornamental, appendage to our Canadian advantages.

The Cataraqui Bridge - one side is now completed; .."the ferry boat has consequently resigned its long exercised functions."

We regret to announce an accident which happened yesterday morning on board the Sir James Kempt steam boat, on her way up. A Fireman, during the night, having occasion to draw up, as is supposed, a bucket of water, unfortunately fell overboard; and though every assistance was promptly afforded, unfortunately sunk. His name was O'Brien. He has left a wife and large family to deplore his premature end.

John McTaggart, Clerk of Works on the Rideau Canal, is now Civil Superintendent of the same.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1829