Report of Messrs. Maillefert and Raaslof, Civil Engineers, upon the Examination and Survey of the River St. Lawrence, from Prescott to the head of the Lachine Canal, and certain experimental blasting operations made during the summer of 1854.
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Title Page
Table of Contents
Maps Accompanying this Report
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honorable the Executive Council, dated 18th October, 1854, approved by His Excellency the Governor General, in Council, on the same day.
Instructions for J. B. Jarvis, Esquire, Civil Engineer, on the subject of a Canal between the River St. Lawrence and Lake Champlain.
STATEMENT shewing the Cost of a Survey for a Canal to connect the River St. Lawrence with Lake Champlain.
Report of Edward H. Tracy, Esquire, Civil Engineer.
Report of John B. Jarvis, Esquire, Civil Engineer.
Report of Messrs. Maillefert and Raaslof, Civil Engineers, upon the Examination and Survey of the River St. Lawrence, from Prescott to the head of the Lachine Canal, and certain experimental blasting operations made during the summer of 1854.
[Introduction]
1. Surveying Operations.
2. The Width and Depth of the Channel.
3. The Low Summer Water
4. The Experimental Blasting Operations.
5. The Estimates of Cost.
RECAPITULATION
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 9 Sep. 1853]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Commissioners of Public Works, 26 Oct. 1853]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 20 May 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 5 May 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Killaly, 5 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 6 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 14 Jun 1854]
[Raasloff to Killaly, 14 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Commissioners of Public Works, 4 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Commissioners of Public Works, 27 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 29 Jun 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 4 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]
[List of Instruments from Public Works, 29 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 29 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]
[Wulff, Elliott, Bell, Blenham to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 2 Sep 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 66 Sep 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 6 Nov 1854]
[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 30 Nov 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 30 Jun 1853]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 5 Sep 1853]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 29 Sep 1853]
[Killaly to Raasloff, 20 Jun 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 15 Sep 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 20 Nov 1854]
[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 5 Dec 1854]
Tender for Improving the Rapids of the St. Lawrence.
No. 1. Estimate of the Cost of Surveying "Coteau," "Cascades," and "Lachine Rapids," &c.
[Articles of Agreement, Maillefert & Raasloff and Crown, 18 Oct 1853]
[Articles of Agreement, Maillefert & Raasloff and Crown, 9 Dec 1854]
SCHEDULE A. List of Boats and other material purchased by the undersigned Maillefert & Raaslof, for use in their Exploration of the Rapids of the River St. Lawrence.
[Articles of Agreement, Maillefert & Raasloff and Crown, 9 Sep 1854]
SCHEDULE A. List of Boats and other materials purchased by the undersigned, for use in their Exploration of the Rapids of the River St. Lawrence.
Table A.

[Introduction]

The undersigned have the honor to report that, in accordance with the instructions contained in the agreement of October 18, 1853, between them and the Honorable Commissioners of Public Works, they have examined and partly surveyed the River St. Lawrence, from Prescott to the head of the Lachine Canal, with a view of ascertaining,--" 1st, the character and extent of the obstructions which would have to be removed in order to procure a navigable channel throughout the whole of the Rapids of the St. Lawrence, from Prescott to the head of Lachine Canal, such channel not to be less than two hundred feet in width, to have at no place, at low summer water, a less clear depth than twelve feet, and in the Rapids, subject to much swell, not less than thirteen feet;" " 2nd, the cost at which such improvement could be carried out."

That they have fired fifty sub-marine charges of one hundred and twenty-five pounds of powder each, as an experiment, in different parts of the Rapids, for the purpose of ascertaining whether Mr. Maillefert's new method of blasting rocks under water without drilling could advantageously be made use of for the contemplated improvement.

They are happy to say that both the surveying and the blasting operations have been entirety successful; that it is practicable to open a channel of sufficient width and depth for vessels drawing ten feet, by means of removing the obstructions; and finally, that this great improvement can be carried out for an outlay of not exceeding one hundred and eighty thousand pounds (180,000.)

The obstructions which it will be necessary to remove are, in the Galoppe Rapids, the North Channel of the Long Sault, and the Rapids between Lakes St. Louis and St. Francis, of which the latter are the most extensive.

Before proceeding to describe these obstructions, and to estimate the cost of their removal, the undersigned beg leave to submit some general remarks relative to, 1st, their surveying operations ; 2nd, the maps which accompany this Report; 3rd, the required width and depth of channel; 4th, the low summer water; 5th, the experimental blasting operations; and 6th, the estimates of cost.

 


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