What's New


Note: I will not be updating this "whatsnew" page any more. Instead, new material will be posted 
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J. R. Booth and family Photo Source: J.R. Booth: The Life and Times of an Ottawa Lumberking, page 103

August 21, 2021:

The SS Lemoyne in the St. Clair River in Sarnia in 1947
August 17, 2021: Painting by John Burrows showing the eight locks beside Parliament Hill in 1832..
August 16, 2021: The MV Rimouski and SS Frontenac (City of Ottawa, Parliament area).
August 16, 2021: The MV Rimouski and SS Frontenac (Frontenac was first Steamship built in Canada - in 1816. August 15, 2021: The SS Baie St. Paul with a cargo of 1 million bushels of grain in Montreal Harbour.
August 14, 2021: The Paddle Steamer S.S. Toronto built in 1899 for the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company.
August 13, 2021: The ship SS Kingston, built in 1901 and operated by the Canada Steamship Line, travelled between Toronto and Prescott.
August 12, 2021:
First Nations Run Lachine Rapids in large steamships
See also First Nations History
August 10, 2021:
Title: Passage to the Sea - the Story of Canada Steamship Lines New Book Arrived Today Author: Edgar Andrew Collard Quantity: 1 ISBN: 9780385251686 Binding: Hardcover
Book Passage to the Sea

July 25, 2021: Updated our major page which lists and shows the many steamboats which we have found so far. July 14, 2021:
If you are unfamiliar with the details of the Steamship industry in the 1800's, watch the following PBS video called Steamboats on the Red, 26 minutes well spent. ... Al steamboatsontheredlogo August 1, 2021: The Historical (WWI movie) African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Kathryn Hepburn
New August 6, 2021:

Next: Text and picture, below, is from From War to Winterlude, page 112, Parliament Underbelly
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 21, 2021: May 23, 2021: Deterioration of the Carillon Canal, 1834-1870 May 25, 2021: Added a schematic blueprint drawing of the Tug Boat Loretta built in 1907. May 26, 2021: St. Catharines Ontario and Welland Canal History May 27, 2021: Dickinson's Passage and Freight Lines on the Rideau System Advertizes for their Steamers and Barges. May 28, 2021: Added a photograph of the steam tug Agnes P along with a barge under date of May 28 on 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. Anne's 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 June 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 June 21, 2021: The Steamer Mayflower Sinks on Lake Kamaniskeg (near Algonquin Park, Ontario) in 1912 with loss of 9 lives June 24, 2021 Steam Boat Tenders called by the British Government in 1849 for three steam tugs to be used between Lake St. Louis and Prescott on the St. Lawrence River. June 25, 2021: Kingston Mills Work on Dam - Features steamer Pumper in a painting by Thomas Burrowes. June 26, 2021: Downtown Merrickville on the Rideau Canal, watercolour by J. P. Cockburn June 27, 2021: An Introduction to the St. Lawrence Canal System July 4, 2021: Happy Birthday, USA: July 5, 2021: Visit of the Prince of Wales in 1860 to the Lumberman's Regatta July 11, 2021: The Welland Canal Added more info to the Welland Canal web page. July 13, 2021: Here is a link to a very good 26 minute film by PBS called "Steamboats on the Red". https://www.pbs.org/video/steamboats-on-the-red-h3hhah/ July 15, 2021: Robert Drummond: Contractor on the Rideau Canal in 1833. July 16, 2021: Ottawa Canada area Steamboats - Chronology, Physical Characteristics and Entrepreneurs, 1807-1910 July 18, 2021: Ottawa Canada area Steamboats - Added a new Text Book Chronology, Physical Characteristics and Entrepreneurs, 1807-1910 August 1, 2021: The Historical (WWI) African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Kathryn Hepburn August 2, 2021: The Upper Ottawa Valley, by Clyde Kennedy, page 154Pioneer woman burning ashes to sell
New August 6, 2021:

Next: Text and picture, below, is from From War to Winterlude, page 112, Parliament Underbelly