Fonds MSG 475 - Saint Lawrence Steamboat Co. Fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Saint Lawrence Steamboat Co. Fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1803-1863 (Creation)
    Saint Lawrence Steamboat Co., 1803-1863

Physical description area

Physical description

3.6 cm of textual records

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The purchase in 1809 by the Hon. John Molson of the steamboat, Accommodation, was the beginning of steam navigation on the St.Lawrence. By 1818 the St. Lawrence Steamboat Co., or the Molson Line, as it was popularly known, possessed seven ships in its fleet. The first serious opposition to the Molson Line came from John Torance & Co. of Montréal which, in 1826, started running a steamboat between Québec and Montréal. Steam navigation on the St. Lawrence made rapid strides in the third decade of the 19th century. Molson tried in vain to secure from the government a monopoly of the steamboat business on the St. Lawrence. In 1845 the Richelieu Steamboat Co. was formed and there was intense competition amongst the various steamship businesses for the lucrative St. Lawrence River market. However, this rivalry finally gave way and the bulk of the business fell to the Richelieu Steamboat Co. In 1911 the St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. was one of the companies taken over by Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Co.

Custodial history

Scope and content

This material consists of business documents and correspondence reflecting the activities of the St. Lawrence Steamboat Co., mostly for the pre-1840 period, although there are documents dating to 1863. It includes account books, 1803-1818, 1844, 1851; wage books, 1826-1832-1835; bills of lading, 1812-1813; passage books, 1822-1838; freight books, 1819-1833; and letterbooks, 1827-1829, 1843-186.3

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials


General note


Alternative identifier(s)

Legacy call number

Large MSS Molson

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres