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Commercial Navigation on the Rideau Canal, 1832-1961
Part of our Resources for the Rideau series, this digital book is a reprint of Parks Canada's Manuscript Report 247, "Commercial Navigation on the Rideau Canal" by Edward Forbes Bush, 1977 as published in "History and Archaeology 54", 1981.
This 276 page reports examines all aspects of commercial usage of the Rideau Canal during its first 130 years.
The first part looks at the evolution of the various types of vessels used on the Rideau Canal during the period when it served as a commercial route. The second part describes the operations, facilities, and regulations regarding commercial navigation. The concluding section describes the forwarding trade during different periods, the traffic patterns and the volume of various commodities.
An appendix lists the details of over 170 vessels known to have been in service on the Rideau Canal.
Some 61 photos and illustrations show many of the commercial vessels that plied the Rideau.
This digital book will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about this interesting bit of Rideau history. The document is heavily cited and endnoted, the sources (mostly Library and Archives Canada) clearly detailed.
This report section of this digital book is fully searchable text (not page scans) that duplicates the original manuscript report. It is provided on a CD-ROM, in PDF format, easily read by the free Adobe PDF Reader. Most computers already have a PDF reader installed, but if not, you can easily obtain the reader from the Adobe website.
This digital book is currently available for purchase through the Friends of the Rideau. All proceeds from sales go to Friends of the Rideau.
Rideau Manuscript Report Digitization Project page.
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