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




June 3, 2021:

Picture Source: Library and Archives Canada, C 2813
A Birds-eye view of Bytown before 1855, from Library and Archives Canada, C 2813 Birdseye map of Bytown before 1855 from LAC Text Block Source Below: The Rideau: A Pictorial History of the Waterway, Edited by Adrian G. Ten Cate, Besancourt Publishers, ISBN 0-920032-04-4, 1981, Page 122. June 4, 2021: (I have also added this text block to our page of many steamers).
June 5, 2021: Added a story about a trip by the local Masons from Perth to the Tay Canal in 1904.

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 Added a text block explaining the background story to the Vaudreuil and Ste. Annes Locks. Parliament Buildings Under Construction, 1862 (photograph from the headlocks) A long quotation regarding malaria on the Rideau Canal in 1829 by John McTaggart May 17, 2021: Appearance of the Dam at Hog's Back After the Breach Took Place on April 3, 1829 May 18, 2021: Appearance of the Dam at Hog's Back After the Breach has been repaired, October 18, 1832 May 19, 2021: Added a photo of the Culbute Canal at Allumette Island in 1873 on the Ottawa River. May 20, 2021: The Rideau Canal, Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario, Canada, History and Genealogy -- A UNESCO World Heritage Site May 23, 2021: By 1834, the Carillon Canal was showing signs of deterioration. May 25, 2021: Added a schematic blueprint drawing of the Tug Boat Loretta built in 1907. May 26, 2021: St. Catharines Ontario and then Welland Canal History May 27, 2021: Added our main web page on First Nations History in the Ottawa area May 28, 2021: Added a photograph of the steam tug Agnes P along with a barge under date of May 28 to our "Steamer Page". (search for May 28) May 29, 2021: Added a new web page for Robert Drummond, a major contractor on the Rideau Canal, beginning in the 1820's. May 30, 2021: Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada -- Early History and Pioneers - also Rideau Ferry (was Oliver's Ferry)and Poonamalie May 31, 2021: Voyageurs stop at Ste. Annes Lock before their long trips to the pays d'en haut. June 1, 2021: A Picture of Rideau Falls in New Edinburgh in 1864 (from Library and Archives Canada) June 2, 2021: The Long Dock at Grosse Isle, Quebec June 3, 2021: Added a new Birds-eye view of Bytown before 1855 to our main web page. June 4, 2021:

Updated our steamer.htm web page today. June 5, 2021: Added a story about a trip by the local Masons from Perth to the Tay Canal in 1904. June 6, 2021: Added a historical introduction to North American steamboats to our web page at www.bytown.net.steamer.htm. June 7, 2021: Fishing in Eastern Ontario and western Quebec -- in the good old days June 9, 2021: The Tug Boat Ranger built in Kingston in 1888 (Ontario Archives) June 10, 2021: This is Italian History Week in Ottawa, Canada. Here is our Italian History web page from my main web site. June 15, 2021: Dutch Robot Boats to be used on Canals June 16, 2021: Long Island Locks, Chapman's Mills, Dawson's Chapel and Black Rapids, all within the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

NewJune 17, 2021:

Traditional Birch Bark Canoe Builders in Canada - The Barriere Nation Cree Band at Rapid Lake, Quebec and the Algonquin Nation Band at Maniwaki, Quebec and also at Golden Lake (Pikwakanagan), Ontario
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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