The First Raft On The Ottawa, 1806
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1972-26-792
C.W. Jefferys' notes about this picture from The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 2
The first raft on the Ottawa River was conducted by Philemon Wright, from Hull (of which he was the founder), to Montreal, in 1806. The timbers were fastened together with wooden pins and bound with flexible willow withes. The raft was guided by long heavy sweeps on all sides, those in front being used to assist in swinging the raft around to avoid rocks and shallow water.
Henry, Lorne J. and Paterson, Gilbert. Pioneer days in Ontario Toronto, Ryerson, 1938. 234 p. Illus., p.201
- Jefferys, Charles W. (1945) The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 2, p.103
Woodley, E.C. Old Quebec trails and homes. Toronto, Ryerson, 1946. 137 p. Illus., p.117