The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1831

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p.3 Rideau Canal - Through the politeness of George Crawford Esq. who is just returned from a Tour on the Rideau Canal, we are enabled to state that that Gentleman, accompanied by Colonel By and Lady, Commissary Miller, Dr. Tuttle, Lt. Moore and several others passed up this Canal in the Steam Boat Union, leaving the Ottawa and Bytown on Saturday morning last, touching at Kemptville and arriving at Burritt's Rapids on Sunday morning following, a distance of 45 miles, where from the unfinished state of some of the Locks they were unable to proceed further in the Steam Boat. It is however confidently expected that the navigation will be completed so as to admit Steam Boats as high up as Smith's Falls this season. Mr. Crawford expressed himself highly pleased with the appearance of the work on the line, the dams being perfectly tight and the machinery of the Locks working well and with great precision.

The view of a Steam Boat on the waters of the Rideau so far from its mouth must have afforded much pleasure and satisfaction to the inhabitants on its borders and we feel disposed to congratulate them on the important advantages which they will derive from the opening of this grand internal navigation, affording as it does a proof of the paternal care of the Imperial Government. Col. By (whom it would seem does not go to England as mentioned in a late Quebec Mercury,) proceeded in a Canoe to Kingston on a Tour of inspection through the whole line, and expressed himself most willing, by laying low tolls, to encourage transportation on the Canal. It is intended that the Union shall continue to run on the Canal during the remainder of the season. [Brockville Recorder]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1831