p.2 Rideau Canal - In a late number of the Herald we announced that this magnificent work would be completed in a few weeks, but we were not prepared, at so early a period, for the interesting scene which took place yesterday. At eight o'clock in the morning it was understood that a Steamboat and several smaller craft would pass would pass through the Locks at Kingston Mills, and of course a large concourse of our inhabitants hastened to the spot, in order to witness so pleasing an event. At thirteen minutes before one o'clock the Dock Yard Cutter Snake, commanded by Lieutenant Holbrook, and accompanied by Mr. Glover's Barge, and a barge belonging to the officers of the 66th Regiment, entered the first Lock, where they remained eleven minutes - number two was passed in five minutes - number three, in about four minutes - they were in the basin three or four minutes, and entered the broad expanse of water above number four, at thirteen minutes before two o'clock. The delay in the last lock was occasioned by a small piece of driftwood getting between one of the gates and its sill. Had this not occurred, the time occupied in passing through all the locks would not have exceeded thirty minutes. After three hearty cheers, the Cutter, with the British Ensign flying at the main mast head, spread her sails to the breeze, and was soon hid from our sight by the trees that stud the margin of the serpentine channel leading to Brewer's Mills.
Precisely at four o'clock, the Steam-Boat Rideau, having on board Colonel By and his family, and several ladies and gentlemen of Kingston, arrived at the first lock, and passed through the whole number in fifty minutes exactly. Three cheers for the Rideau Canal, and the same for Colonel By, Captain Briscoe, and Mr. Drummond, respectively being given, the Steam-Boat proceeded on her passage, and the spectators returned to Kingston, highly delighted with their excursion. It is unnecessary to add that the Kingston Mill Locks are constructed in the best possible manner, and that the machinery for opening and closing the ponderous gates is such as to ensure the greatest ease and expedition.
p.3 On Saturday the election for a master to the John By, steamer, took place, when M.H. Lelivre was declared duly elected by a majority of 56 - the numbers being for M. Lelivre 126, and for Mr. McCuaig, 70. Without undervaluing the merits of Mr. McCuaig, we think the choice the Stockholders have made is a good one, as from our personal knowledge of M. Lelivre, we believe him to be well qualified for the trust reposed in him, not only in regard to the safety and good management of the boat, but also as it concerns the comfort of the passengers.
William the Fourth - This new steamer made her first appearance in the harbour of Kingston on the morning of Saturday last. She is really an admirable boat, both as regards appearance and accommodation for passengers, possessing at the same time a steam-power capable of propelling her at the rate of fourteen or fifteen miles an hour. The William IV is commanded by Capt. T.C. Thorn. She left this port for York yesterday morning.
Commodore Barrie left for Quebec in the Sir James Kempt.
Petition to Lieut. Governor about high tolls established on Rideau.
The inhabitants of Kingston were gratified on Wednesday last with one of the grandest sights that was ever exhibited on these lakes - the arrival of the Great Britain, having in tow fifteen schooners and a Durham boat, brought from Prescott and Brockville against a strong head wind, and at the rate of from four to five miles an hour; the harbour when each vessel was cast off, presented the appearance of a formidable fleet, every vessel decorated with the flags of their respective countries, and tacking in every direction to secure a safe anchorage; the scene was grand beyond description. Several of the Schooners were released from their bondage at the point, the remainder after the Steam vessel had entered the harbour. This proves incontrovertibly the unparalleled strength of the Great Britain, as well as the importance and utility of Steam in enabling sailing craft to overcome all the impediments to their progress, occasioned by a continuation of unfavourable winds and weather. The following is a catalogue of the progeny that with all the sublimity of maternal preponderance she faithfully deposited in the harbour of Kingston.
Vessels Names - Welland Canal, Rebecca and Eliza, Caroline, (Am.) Red Rover, Canadian, General Brock, George the Fourth, Mohawk Chief, Prosperity, Margaret, 1 Batteau, Prescott, Brothers, Rochester, (Am.) Lady Colborne, John Watkins. [Chronicle]