The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 25, 1846

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p.2 We understand that the large new lock No. 2 is finished, as also the lengthening of the two old locks No. 1 and 2, rendered necessary by the non-completion of the new lock No. 1 at Port Dalhousie; and that the canal generally is in such a state as to admit of the opening of navigation on the 1st of April, should the weather prove favorable, and of that the prospect now appears satisfactory. Vessels measuring 138 feet, or even 141 feet, in length can then pass - and the locks being 26 feet 6 inches wide. Last year the canal was not opened till the 1st of May. [St. Catherines Journal]

The Canada, (which has been undergoing a complete overhaul on the Marine Railway,) whose route last year was from Kingston to the Coteau, will this season go as far as Lachine, and when that Canal is completed she with the Gildersleeve and the Highlander, will go from here to Montreal. All those beautiful and fast vessels have added to their former accommodations during the winter a number of private berths over the Ladies' Cabins, which as the passengers will have to sleep on board, will be a great addition to their comfort.

We cannot refrain from saying that with such superior Captains as each of these vessels is commanded by, and the perfect order of the vessels themselves, they will be equal if not superior to any on our Canadian waters.

p.3 Opposition on the Lake - The opposition between the Admiral and the Transit is assuming somewhat of a North River aspect. The Admiral now makes the trip from Toronto to the ports on the River Niagara and back again, every day, the fare a quarter dollar in the cabin and a York shilling on deck; what it will be in a short time, when a single week's opposition has reduced prices so much, it is difficult to guess; possibly passengers will be paid so much for their time and receive a fee besides. [Toronto Patriot]

(missing issues until April 18th)

Montreal Gazette, April 22, 1846

p.2 Shipping - The large new Steam Propeller ( Ireland - editor), built by Messrs. Fowler & Hood, of the Marine Railway, will be launched tomorrow. Her length is 140 feet, breadth 24, her depth of hold, 9 3/4, her height between decks 7, and she is capable of carrying 2,000 barrels of flour in her hold. Her main deck is covered in to within 15 feet of her bow, and conseqeuntly, she is calculated to afford superior accommodation to Emigrants, or deck passengers, the deck being completely sheltered from the weather, under this shelter 150 to 200 passengers may be accommodated. Her Cabin is on the main deck, is 40 feet long, and occupies the whole breadth, comprising the Saloon and 14 State Rooms, 40 Cabin passengers may be accommodated. She is rigged with one mast forward, and can carry 600 yards of canvass. She will be worked entirely on the upper deck, her Cylinder is 32 inches in diameter, stroke 24 in., Screw 7 1/2 ft. diameter, 300 copper tubes in her boiler each 8 feet long, making an aggregate of 2400 feet of copper tubes; she possesses 1,500 feet of supertices of fire surface, can carry 75 lbs. steam, is expected to be able to sail 10 miles an hour; and is intended to run between Kingston and Montreal, her build being adapted for the Rapids as well as Lake Navigtion. This fine vessel has been built for Capt. Patterson, and no pains or expense have been spared. [Kingston Chronicle]

(also appeared in News April 20th)

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 25, 1846