p.2 answer of St. Lawrence Commissioners to merchants of Brockville about improving the St. Lawrence; and possible effect of forwarders' attempt to monopolize trade. [Brockville Recorder]
The last week has changed the business aspect of this village essentially. The canal boats commenced running on the 20th, and the packet boats arrive and leave regular twice a day, and the arrival and departure of steamboats daily add to the life and animation of the returning busy season. The steamer Great Britain, which has touched here twice since our last, is one of the largest and most splendid boats to be found upon any of our waters. [Oswego Herald]
Rice Lake - We hear the navigation from Peterborough is at length open, and the steam boat Sir F.B. Head, (formerly the Northumberland) will commence running in a few days. This boat has been purchased by a Company of Gentlemen in that town, who have spared neither pains nor expense to put her into complete repair, indeed we understand they have made nearly a new boat of her. She is intended to perform the trip to Sully and back every day, Sundays excepted.
The Pemedash has also been purchased and refitted at great expense by W. Boswell, Esq. of this town, and will be ready in a few days for the same route. Great improvements have been effected in her structure and Engine, by which her draught is materially reduced, and speed correspondingly increased. Both boats are to be furnished on a scale of liberality fully equal to those on Lake Ontario; and in conjunction with two excellent stages from Strong's Hotel, will constitute a cheap, regular, and very agreeable line of communication between this place and Peterborough. [Cobourg Star]
Canal Tolls - Opening of the Navigation - The number of boats cleared, and the amount of toll received by the collector at this place on Thursday, (being the day of the opening of canal navigation,) are without example for several years past. The aggregate number of clearances, on the first days of navigation in 1834, 1835, and 1836, was only 60, and the amount of tolls $4,994 - while this year the clearances were 43, and the amount of tolls received $4,406.26. [Argus]