Bytown, Upper Canada
1826-1855
Now the City of Ottawa, Canada
Steamboats, Canals and Locks


May 11, 2021:

I have started this new web site to catalogue my work on the steamboat industry in Upper and Lower Canada in the 1800's. The history of the City of Ottawa will be the centre of this universe. I hope to add to it most days. ... Al Lewis, Ottawa
April 11, 2021: This book, written by Professor Donald G. Creighton, in 1937, is the best book of Canadian History and Canadian Economics and Politics. It was originally published as The Commercial Empire of the St. Lawrence, 1760-1850. Published in Toronto by the Macmillan Company of Canada, reprinted in 1980, no ISBN, 440 pages.
Empire of the St. Lawrence Book Cover

Cities, Towns and Villages along the Rideau Canal

Added an 1827 picture of Barrack Hill on Parliament Hill. Lieutenant Colonel John By - Added a portrait from before he came to Bytown / Ottawa Merrickville Smiths Falls Kingston Chaudiere Falls and Mill Site - Added a picture by John Burrows from c. 1830 May 11, 2021: Added a text block explaining the background story to the Vaudreuil and Ste. Annes Locks.
April 12, 2021:
Picture Source: Bartlett's Canada - A pre-Confederation journey, Introduction by Henry C. Campbell, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, McLelland and Stewart, 1968, no ISBN, page 118. Note: This painting of Entrance Bay, is the original, in colour, painted by William Henry Bartlett, c. 1838. Keywords: Parliament Hill, Major's Hill Park, steamboat the Shannon, Sterling Brewery, Historical Society of Ottawa Building, Sir John Franklin
Painting, colour, by W. H. Bartlett Entrance Bay

The following map was prepared by the men of the Royal Engineers in about 1827 when they were stationed at the construction of the Grenville Canal on the Ottawa River, in Quebec, across the River from Hawkesbury, Upper Canada. It was presented to Colonel John By. Canal Map, 1826, by the Royal Engineers from Text Book


The Island Queen
Island Queen from Kingston Whig Standard, December 7, 1972 Names for the search engine: Bertram Engine Works, Young's Point, Kawartha Lakes, the Stoney Lake, the Stoney Lake Navigation Company, Patrick Young, Lake Simcoe, Trent River, Peterborough Lift Lock, Thousand Island Steamship Line, Captain Ross W. Carnegie and Assosciates, Kingston, Island Queen, Thousand Island Route until 1948, Photo Courtesy of Captain and Mrs. Ross W. Carnegie of Kingston.
Here are a couple of web pages with steamships in the Ottawa area, beginning about 1820 (mainly pictures) and a page giving some steamer background material from Frank Mackey's book.
Upper Ottawa Valley Map from the Text Book



April 5, 2021:

Here is one of the best maps of the Upper Ottawa Valley. From the inside back cover of the book by Clyde C. Kennedy called The Upper Ottawa Valley, A Glimpse of History, published by the Renfrew County Council, 1970, ISBN none. This is one of the few books which documents a lot of the steamships on the Ottawa River west of the city.
Upper Ottawa Valley Map from the Text Book

April 6, 2021:

Text from Clyde C. Kennedy's book, page 130, The Upper Ottawa Valley - a glimpse of history
Georgian Bay Ship Canal from the Text Book



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