p.2 Sketch by an Immigrant to Canada - mentions canals. [London Naval and Military Gazette for February, 1836]
Tolls on the Military Canals of the Ottawa River - from 1st June next to 31st May, 1837 - gives rates for passage - through whole of canal; Grenville Canal only; Chute a Blondeau only; Carillon Canal only; Tolls on Rideau Canal. (1 1/2 columns)
p.3 Our Waters are navigable, and the different wharves and landing places present an appearance of the most animating bustle, and energetic preparation imaginable. The scene is indeed exciting and delightful. The entire shore is thronged with perons employed on the different boats, each one of whom manages to assume more or less of the swagger, and strives to make his countenance express something of the importance and expectancy which inflate his bosom. The God of languor, if such an one there is, holds for the present no control over that part of the Town, and it is well that a beneficient providence exercises a fostering influence over the busy actors in that scene, else they would, from perpetual agitation and corrosion, become the mere wrecks of their former selves, and require to be laid up for the season. Such scampering and fuming we have not witnessed in many a day. One runs here, another there - one hustles, another storms - Captains, and Clerks, and Stewards, and gentlemen of enterprize, and men of all work, mingle, hurley burley, in delightful confusion, and if the reader wants a simile to assist him in forming an idea of the scene, let him fancy a swarm of bees issuing from their hive, burning with zeal, and raging for improvement.
The Great Britain left our port today, for Prescott, where her furniture etc. is in readiness, and may be expected back early in the ensuing week.
The Kingston also left for Prescott, and although we have not learned that the ice below is clear for their passage, yet we hope that such will prove the case. Bye the bye, while speaking of this favorite boat, we must be allowed to say a word or two about her excellent and energetic Commander. Of Captain Bonter's nautical skill, of his determined and persevering character and general habits of business, we entertain a high opinion. His manner is agreeable, and he will doubtless manifest every desire to please and oblige the travelling public. He is favorably known on the Bay of Quinte, and with the assistance of Mr. Watt, cannot fail to procure for his boat a golden harvest of public favor, to say nothing of pecuniary profit.
The Rideau Canal, we understand, will be open about the 1st of May.
For the Chronicle and Gazette.
Mr. Editor,- It cannot, I am sure, be from any wish to pass over the merits of the following steam boats and their commanders, that you have not mentioned that splendid and safe boat the St. George, and her most skilful and gentlemanly Commander, Captain Harper, R.N., if you have ever made a trip in her, and sat down as I have done, with a good appetite, to a table covered with every delicacy and comfort that the country can afford, with choice wines, good attendance, and that charm which Captain Harper, from the school in which he was brought up, is so capable of diffusing to all around him. The Brockville with her first rate speed, and splendid accommodations, Captain Calder a man who, so long as God's noblest work can command any respect, must have many friends, his true hospitality & kindness completely won the public favor on the Bay of Quinte last year, and rendered even the uncomfortable accommodation of the Kingston tolerable. The William IV, under the able superintendance of Captain Hillier, whose energetic character prompts him strictly to do his own duty, and makes all under him do the same, and insure to passengers that comfort which always arises from good discipline. The Cobourg, Captain Colcleugh, (her late purser,) who so much distinguished himself, from his attention to his duty, and by his courtesy to passengers, will, I have no doubt, bring into his new situation, all that skill and attention, which the increased responsibility of it will require, and I have no doubt but the public at the end of the season, will think the Cobourg a good conveyance, and the Captain a very pleasant fellow. From the Great Britain (the queen of the waters) down to the Paul Pry, I wish them all every success.
I remain, Mr. Editor,
Yours truly, VULCAN.