p.2 Rise of the Lakes - Lake Erie is about 4 feet higher than in 1825, and Lake Ontario about 6 1/2 feet higher than in 1825. [Journal of Commerce]
Launch - We were very much gratified on Thursday last, at beholding the launch, from the ship-yard in this town, of a first class barge, built by Mr. William Perkins, whose skill in boat building has already proved so eminently successful on these waters. We understand the proprietors of the barge are Messrs. Sanderson & Murray, and if so it does them great credit and proves that the dullness of the times, the general stagnation of business, and the hazardous prospective before us, have not been able to damp their enterprise, or subdue their spirit. The barge is of the first class, will carry 700 barrels of flour, with 3 tier under hatches, and is, we believe, the largest and most substantial vessel of the kind, that has yet graced the waters of the St. Lawrence. As we are informed, it is the intention of her spirited owners to build more barges of the same class, through the course of the winter, so as to have them ready for the opening of the navigation, we hope that the liberal patronage of an enlightened community will enable their enterprising proprietors to extend their exertions for the general good. [Brockville Statesman, Sept. 1st]
As an instance of the lively state of the trade of this Port at present, and the extensive business done on the Rideau Canal, we may mention, that the Steamer Cataraqui, Capt. Drummond, arrived here on Monday last from Bytown, having no less than 9 Barges in tow, carrying upwards of 500 tons of merchandize. And yesterday 2 more steamboats arrived, one with 7 and the other 3 barges in tow, all heavily laden.