Steamboats Shooting the Rapids: A History presented by Fraser Laschinger of Prescott

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The Friends of the Prescott Library are delighted to invite everyone to attend a fascinating presentation by Fraser Laschinger about St Lawrence River Steamboats shooting the river’s rapids in the 1800’s and 1900’s.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Dibble and Centre Streets in Prescott. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

Providing “safe” thrills, the running of the St. Lawrence Rapids became a quintessential Canadian Victorian experience. Numerous steamboats were constructed to service this new tourist market. Larger steamers, such as the S.S. Toronto and S.S. Kingston, would descend to Prescott from the Great Lakes and passengers would transfer to the smaller boats such as the Rapids Prince, to descend the rapids to Montreal.

I wonder what the cost of ship insurance was for such a trip? The pilots must have had great courage.