Heriot: 2 Views of Quebec City
” . . . The lower town, which is the principal place of commerce, occupies the ground at the base of the promontory, which has been gradually gained from the cliffs on one side, by mining, and from the river on the other, by the construction of wharfs. The channel here is about a mile in breadth, to Point Levi, on the opposite shore, and its greatest depth at high water, is thirty fathoms, the anchorage being everywhere, safe and good.
“Since the year 1793, ship-building has been carried on with considerable success, and vessels of every description and dimension . . .have been constructed. . . .As the tide rises eighteen feet, and at spring tides 24 feet, there is no difficulty in finding situations for dock-yards.”