The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Jan. 5, 1833

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p.2 Resurrection of the St. Lawrence, 110 Gun Ship - Our readers will recollect that this ci devant pride of the Canadian lakes, was last winter purchased by Mr. Drummond for £25, and dismantled to the edge of the water, leaving her prodigious hulk the only remnant of her former majesty so firmly bedded in the bottom of the waters, as to render every prospect of its removal hopeless and impracticable. From the necessity however of Mr. D's fulfilment of that part of his contract which rendered such a removal imperative, with his usual energy he attempted this Herculean labor on Saturday last, and by employing his new Steamer, the Rideau, and applying her machinery so as to keep the pumps perpetually going by day and night, was progressing with ingenuity and perseverance scarcely to be equalled. He was, however, checked in his project by the fracture of the walking beam, and until the Monday following had to relax from his labor. The experiment was then renewed with twenty feet water in the hold and the deck entirely covered with water: and on Tuesday morning at four o'clock, after twenty-four hours incessant labor, the pumps were dry, and this immense uncouth Ark was towed by the Steamer round the point, and moored within 200 feet of Mr. Drummond's Brewery, where she unfortunately grounded. Mr. D's object was to place her as a wharf to his brewery, now rendered doubly hopeless by this unexpected event, but singular to say, in the heavy gale of Thursday night, she rose from her embedded position and drifted to the precise spot she was intended to occupy. Mr. D. experienced every attention and aid from Commodore Barrie and the Officers of the yard in the vast operation, and by his judgement and perseverance, has defeated the expectations of many who considered the effort beyond all human skill. [Kingston Chronicle]

The following comprises the inscription upon the most chaste and elegant of plate that has perhaps ever issued from the establishment of Messrs. Rundell and Bridge, and which in the spirit of just and honorable approbation for the service rendered by Mr. Drummond, has been presented to him in the form of a richly embossed silver vase, surmounted at the top by a massy silver lily, the indigenous emblem of the Rideau Lake, by Lieut. Col. By. This testimonial, of Mr. Drummond's zeal and ability, so substantially recorded, confers upon the giver and receiver the highest merit. The article has been recently received from England, and furnished a beautiful specimen of the skill of those distinguished artists. "The gift of Lieut. Col. By, Commanding Royal Engineers of the Rideau Canal, U.C. to Mr. Drummond, the contractor for four Locks, Dam and Waste Wear at Kingston Mills, one Lock, Dam and Waste Wear at Brewer's Mills, and one Lock, Dam and Waste Wear at Davie's Mills, as an acknowledgement of the zeal displayed by him in the performance of his contracts, and a testimonial of the works above mentioned having been executed to Lieut. Col. By's complete satisfaction. Presented on the opening of the Rideau Canal, August 21st, 1831. [Kingston Chronicle]

The whole stock of the Dock Company is now taken up, and the work is going on spiritedly. We have no doubt but early next summer one part of the marsh in front of this town will be excavated, so as to admit vessels drawing twelve feet water, and the remainder converted to a beautiful plain, raised above high water mark. There are several springs that issue out of the bank, sufficient to supply breweries, distilleries, tanneries, or potash works. It would be well for gentlemen inclined to establish any such works, to look out for a commodious site in the meantime. [Niagara Gleaner]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Jan. 5, 1833