The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1832

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p.3 Rideau Canal - In a late number of the Herald we announced that this magnificent work would be completed in a few weeks, but we were not prepared, at so early a period, for the interesting scene which took place yesterday. At eight o'clock in the morning it was understood that a Steamboat and several smaller craft would pass through the Locks at Kingston Mills, and of course a large concourse of our inhabitants hastened to the spot, in order to witness so pleasing an event. At thirteen minutes before one o'clock, the Dock Yard Cutter Snake, commanded by Lieutenant Holbrook, and accompanied by Mr. Glover's Barge, and a barge belonging to the officers of the 66th Regiment, entered the first Lock, where they remained eleven minutes - number two was passed in five minutes - number three, in four minutes -they were in the basin three or four minutes, and entered the broad expanse of water above number four, at thirteen minutes before two o'clock. The delay in the last Lock was occasioned by a small piece of drift wood getting between one of the gates and its sill. Had this not occurred, the time occupied in passing through all the locks would not have exceeded thirty minutes. After three hearty cheers, the Cutter, with the British Ensign flying at the main mast head, spread her sails to the breeze, and was soon hid from our sight by the trees that stud the margin of the serpentine channel leading to Brewer's Mills.

Precisely at 4 o'clock, the Steam-Boat Rideau, having on board Colonel By and his family, and several ladies and gentlemen of Kingston, arrived at the first Lock, and passed through the whole number in fifty minutes exactly. Three cheers for the "Rideau Canal," and the same for Colonel By, Captain Briscoe, and Mr. Drummond, respectively, being given, the Steamboat proceeded on her passage, and the spectators returned to Kingston, highly delighted with their excursion. It is unnecessary to add that the Kingston Mills Locks are constructed in the best possible manner, and that the machinery for opening and closing the ponderous gates is such as to ensure the greatest ease and expedition. [Herald]

On Saturday the election for a Master to the John By steamer took place, when Mr. H. LeLievre was declared duly elected by a majority of 56. - the numbers being for Mr. LeLievre 126, and for Mr. McCuaig, 70. Without undervaluing the merits of Mr. McCuaig, we think that the choice the Stockholders have made is a good one, as from our personal knowledge of Mr. LeLievre, we believe him to be well qualified for the trust reposed in him, not only in regard to the safety and good management of the boat, but also as it concerns the comfort of the passengers. [Herald]

The party which accompanied Col. By to Jones's Falls returned yesterday morning. They represent the navigation of the Rideau in every respect complete. They passed through the Kingston Mills Locks at night, without any difficulty or obstruction, and describe these Locks, which it will be recollected were built under the superintendence of Capt. Briscoe, as the most solid, serviceable, and substantial piece of masonry that can be found upon any canal on the American continent.

Rideau Canal - We have to regret not having been present at the opening of the Locks at Kingston Mills on Tuesday last, when Col. By, and a numerous retinue, passed through in the Steamboat Rideau, accompanied by the Dockyard Cutter, Rattlesnake, and several other Craft. We refer our readers to the encouraging report of the passage of these vessels, which we have copied from the Herald, and congratulate the country upon the auspicious event that places the utility, safety, and completion of this navigation beyond further question. We understand that Sir John Colborne may be expected down in about a fortnight, when the passage will be formally opened by His Excellency, in the John By, whose state of present forwardness promises her being fully completed by that period.


Notice is hereby given that Tenders will be received until the 1st day of July next, by the Directors of the Niagara Harbour & Dock Company, for the Loan of a Sum of £3000 Currency, payable in Three Years - the Interest to be paid semi-annually - and the smallest sum tendered as Loan, not to be less than £100.

Further particulars, and the nature of the Security to be afforded by the Company, can be ascertained by making application to Robert Dickson, Esq., President.

Thos. McCormick, Sec'y & Treasurer.

Dated May 9th, 1832.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1832