Ottawa Canada area Steamboats
Chronology, Physical Characteristics and Entrepreneurs, 1807-1910


March 7, 2021:

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January 7, 2021: The following text block comes from page 23 in the book The Ottawa River Canal System, by Normand Lafreniere, Parks Canada, 1984.
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We have a web page which contains pictures of the early steam boats which travelled on the Ottawa River, St. Lawrence River and on the Rideau Canal system, from about 1820 to 1920.

October 9, 2020: The following three pages of text are from Ottawa Past and Present, by A.H.D. Ross, 1927, Musson Book Company, 1927, reprinted by Global Heritage Press in 2007, ISBN 978-1-897446-00-3, pages 48-50.

Steamers Background Text Information 1
Steamers Background Text Information 2

November 29, 2020:
I have just received this text book which describes the triangular voyage of many steamboats starting 1816-1843. Instead of just describing the two dimensional voyages (Ottawa River and Rideau River), this book, written by Frank Mackey in 2000, Steamboat Connections: Montreal to Upper Canada, 1816-1843, McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-2055-4, 2000, includes three dimensional voyages which covers trips from Montreal to Bytown, (Ottawa River), to Kingston, (via the Rideau Canal) and back to Montreal via the St. Lawrence River.
New April 16, 2021:
Book Steamboat Connections

Steamer Barges in Triangular Route
The source for the above text is page 63 in The Ottawa River Canal System by Normand Lafreniere, Parks Canada, 1984 Key Words: V.A. George

February 4, 2021:

The following picture, by William Henry Bartlett, shows the junction of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. It is from page 147 in the book Bartlett's Canada - A pre-Confederation Journey, Introduction by Henry C. Campbell, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, McLelland and Stewart, 1968, no ISBN. Keyword Bartlett
Junction of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers, c. 1840

February 6, 2021:

The following text block, by William Henry Bartlett, shows the Cedars Rapids near the junction of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. It is from page 46 in the book Bartlett's Canada - A pre-Confederation Journey, Introduction by Henry C. Campbell, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, McLelland and Stewart, 1968, no ISBN. Keywords Bartlett, John Graves Simcoe
Cedar Rapids on the St. Lawrence River, text, c. 1840

February 6, 2021:

The following two pictures, by William Henry Bartlett, shows the Cedars Rapids near the junction of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. It is from page 46 in the book Bartlett's Canada - A pre-Confederation Journey, Introduction by Henry C. Campbell, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, McLelland and Stewart, 1968, no ISBN. Keyword Bartlett There is a larger, full colour version of this painting on page 47.
Cedar Rapids on the St. Lawrence River, pic, c. 1840

Map Source, below. Williamsburgh Canal, Ontario, Canada

December 2, 2020:
The map below is from page 47 of Steamboat Connections, Montreal to Upper Canada, by Frank Mackey, McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-2055-4. It shows the location of St. Anne's Canal and Lock. Steamer Barges in Triangular Route

March 3, 2021: We have started a new web page for St. Anne's Canal and Lock.
December 9, 2020: Source: Page 122 in the Horton Township book.
Steamer Barges in Triangular Route ICO Boat (Hiram Robinson and list)

December 12, 2020: Here are three steamers loading up with firewood at Farrell's Landing in Horton Township. They are called the Hiram Robinson, the Opeongo and the Hamilton. They are from page 40 in the book Horton - The Story of a Township, by Doris and Campbell Humphries, Juniper Books, 1986, ISBN 0-919137-14-8.
3 steamers at Farrell's Landing
Robert Drummond
Robert Drummond was instrumental in the work he did on the construction of the Rideau Canal. Here is a quote from our Rideau Canal web page: Another of Drummond's steamship building ventures was not as successful. In 1831 he built a much larger boat measuring 110 feet long with a 26 foot beam. It was supposed to draw 3 1/2 feet of water, but when launched, it drew so much more than this that it could not be taken into the Rideau Canal System, and had to be used on the St. Lawrence instead. It was christened the 'JOHN BY'> Robert Drummond died of Cholera in 1834 (Steamboat Connections, Montreal to Upper Canada).

February 17, 2021:

Here are two very useful documents which describe (1) the fares charged for freight on the steamers between Montreal and Bytown. (2) the fares charged for people taking the stage and the steamers between Montreal and Bytown. The triangular circuit from Montreal to Bytown to Kingston to Montreal after 1851 allowed heavy, awkward materials, (barrels of potash, etc.) to be moved to the nearest urban center without carrying them on the settlers' backs. Source for these two pages is Steamboat Connections: Montreal to Upper Canada, 1816-1843, McGill-Queen's University Press, by Frank Mackey, ISBN 0-7735-2055-4, 2000, pages 90 and 91. steamer fares freight steamer fares people

February 25, 2021:

This picture of the sternwheeler Iroquois is from page 116 in the book written by Frank Mackey in 2000, Steamboat Connections: Montreal to Upper Canada, 1816-1843, McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-2055-4, 2000. The tricky written word in line 2 is "abaft" -- meaning at the stern. Keywords: Henry Byam Martin
Sternwheeler Iroquois for St. Lawrence Rapids

New April 10, 2021:

Here is an advertizement from the Saturday, April 10, 2021 edition of the Ottawa Citizen, page C12.
Ottawa area River Cruises
Here is the web site of the St. Lawrence Cruise Lines: https://www.stlawrencecruiselines.com/ You will find more than one cruise which you would like to take this year!

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