p.3 The Commodore Barrie - This fine vessel was drawn up on the Marine Railway at this place on Thursday last, for the purpose of receiving some slight repairs. The Commodore will be ready to resume her regular trips on Thursday evening next.
We have to notice an increased facility in the transport of goods and merchandise from Montreal to Kingston, via the Rideau Canal. Formerly it was the custom for the Shannon Steamboat to tow the Ottawa & Rideau Company's barges from Montreal to Bytown, where the Canal steamers met them, and by consequence of the latter's not being always in attendance, some time was lost. Now, the Canal steamers take charge of barges at Grenville, and bring them all the way to Kingston, without stopping longer at Bytown than is necessary to pass the eight Locks. The three boats, Bytown, Cataraqui, and Rideau, will hereafter be constantly employed in this way, and experience has already proved that they are able to do the voyage easily within the week. On Monday the Cataraqui, with the entire lading of one of the barges on deck, performed the distances in less than 48 hours; and again, this week, the same vessel, having a barge in tow all the way, was only three days and two nights, from Grenville to Kingston. The Bytown was equally speedy on the trip she made. When the steamers have each three or four barges in tow, they may be probably a day or so longer, for this detention they have time allowed. The steamer Margaret takes the place of the Rideau in the River business. [Whig]