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.

[Maillefert & Raasloff to Killaly, 5 Jun 1854]

COTEAU LANDING, 5th June, 1854.

SlR,-I beg respectfully to inform you that we commenced operations the 2nd instant, with the material at present in hand. Our outfit is not yet entirely completed, but will be so in a week or two, when the iron barge now building at Montreal shall have been received. The lateness of the season this year and the scarcity of labour have exercised their delaying influence upon our preparations as upon almost all the other works of public improvement; but we trust that with activity and energy we shall be able, at least in a measure, to make up for the time thus lost without any neglect of ours. The want of ropes will, however, soon be felt seriously; and having gone to a very considerable outlay (more than 1000) for the iron barge and for boats of different kinds, which were absolutely necessary, and of which none could be furnished by the Board, it would at once exhaust the amount allowed for the survey if we were also to purchase and furnish the considerable quantity of rope which will be wanted for carrying out the work without further delay and interruption, and I beg respectfully to express the hope that the Department will, in consideration of circumstances, grant us the rope for which we applied in our letter of 20th May last. There will necessarily be a great many expenses to be incurred during the operations, as suggested by experience as well as by peculiar circumstances; and it appears to me very desirable that as great a portion as possible of the whole amount allowed should remain available for the operations proper, the pay of assistants and men, transportation of material and men from one point to another, purchase of powder and other material specially required and adapted for this novel and peculiar work. I have commenced, according to your suggestion, to place water marks in different. parts of the Rapids, and intend to run levels in all directions, with a view of determining the slope of the surface of the water in the river in and above the Rapids. This information will be valuable for the proper discussion of the different plans for the improvement which may be suggested hereafter.

I have the honor to remain,
with high regard,
Your most obedient servant,
W. RAASLOFF.
The Honorable Hamilton H. Killaly,
Commissioner Public Works,
Quebec.

 


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