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A. den Otter The 1869-70 Red River insurrection was the catharsis forcing the Hudson's Bay Company to come to terms with the new order imposing its ways upon the Canadian Northwest. Riel's confrontation with the first major wave of the new technological society was a clear warning that the tradition-bound fur business might succumb unless it adopted the techniques of the modern business world. With American railways reaching the Upper Mississippi, and with Canadian surveyors criss-crossing the prairies in search of a suitable railway route, the Company could no longer afford to rely on old and well-tried carrying methods.

8. , A12/16, £609, Grahame to Armit, 28 July 1875; D14/1, £275, Grahame to Belanger, 10 December 1874; D14/2, £423, Grahame to Clarke, 15 May 1875; £471, Grahame to Hamilton, 12 June 1875; Peel, Steamboats, pp. 33-36. 9. , Report of the Governor and Committee, 29 June and 10 November 1875; D12/16, £812, Grahame to Armit, 20 December 1875; D14/2, £307, Grahame to McMurray, 7 April 1875; £423, Grahame to Clarke, 15 May 1875; A12/16, £699, Grahame to Armit, 30 October 1875. 10. , A12/16, £333, Grahame to Armit, 11 February 1875; £422,17 March 1875; £657, 4 August 1875; £754, 16 November 1875.

She could not be used again that year, nor did she do better in 1878. After extensive engine modifications she finally travelled up to Edmonton in 1878 but hit a rock on the way back. Repairs to the damaged hull put her out of commission for the rest of the season. The Northcote was hardly more successful. While she had been effective in 1877, she made only a few voyages in the low waters of 1878 and severely damaged her hull while descending Cole's Falls. Although repaired in time for the 1879 season, low water again frustrated her progress.

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