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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1836

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p.2 Provincial Parliament - House of Assembly, Tuesday Dec. 6th - debate on question for the adoption of the report on the Welland Canal was continued all day. It was finally adopted by a majority of 4.

Our readers will observe in our paper to-day, the advertisements of the Kingston Dock Company. This Company has sprung out of the Marine Railway Company, and is raised for the purpose of constructing a Marine Rail Way, and ultimately a Dock and other conveniences for our increasing shipping. This Company have leased from the Government the whole of the unoccupied ground at Mississagua Point, for 30 years, at £30 per annum. On this ground they are constructing a large railway, and have obtained leave from the Magistrates to carry out a Pier 200 feet in front of Mr. Yarker's Foundry. This Pier will protect the rail-way, form one side of the proposed Dock, and also give additional security to our harbour. - The Pier is to be free to the Public. The iron work for the rail-way will be made at Mr. Yarker's Foundry, and all the work will be made by our own mechanics. The cost of the whole will not be above a tenth of that of the Niagara Dock Company's works, and the charges for repairing vessels on the Kingston railway will be proportionably less than theirs, and therefore the prospect of adequate employment and remuneration is certain. This Port is well situated for giving repairs to vessels that trade on the Lake and river, and the Town will be greatly benefited by the Dock Company's operations. The small rail-way built by Mr. MacIntyre has been transferred by him to the Company, and will be retained besides the large one now constructing. The Company have not decided yet on erecting a Steam Mill to haul vessels on the rail-way, to pump water from the Dock, grind grain, saw lumber. etc. It is certain that Steam may be employed to advantage for these purposes. The proprietors of the wind mills at Toronto and Maitland have introduced Steam into their mills; Mr. Flint is erecting a steam mill at Belleville; and at Rochester with all its water privileges, the large house of Ely have brought steam power into their mill, as being more regular than water, and supplying a moving power when water is low. With these examples before us there need be but little hesitation about a steam mill in Kingston. By sawing lumber extensively the slabs would furnish the engine with fuel, and by grinding grain there would be caused a strong demand for the bran, shorts and seconds, as well as for the flour. Such an establishment must certainly pay.

It will be seen by the following list of stock holders in the Dock Company, that the company is in good hands. John R. Forsyth, John (M ), Thomas Kirkpatrick, John Counter, Henry Cassady, Thomas Askew, John S. Cartwright, (Thomas ?) MacNider, David J. Smith, A. McNabb, John Strange, G.W. Yarker, and John Watkins, Esquires, and Mr. McIntyre.

Report on the Welland Canal by a Select Committee of the House of Commons.

Report on the Improvement of the Trent in House of Assembly.

p.3 Notice - tenders for oak and pine timber wanted. John Counter Dec. 9th

Titles of bills passed by His Majesty - An Act to loan £2000 to the Welland Canal Company.

- An Act to improve the navigation in the inland waters of the District of Newcastle.

- An Act granting £300 towards the completion of a Light House on Bois Blanc Island, in the Western District.

- An Act to raise a sum of money for the purpose of completing a Steam Dredge for deepening the several Harbours in this Province.

- An Act to amend an Act passed in the first Session of the present Parliament, entitled "An Act granting a sum of money for the erection of a Light House on Gull Island, or such other place as the Commissioners may select."


The Subscribers to the Kingston Dock Company, are requested to pay into the hands of the Treasurer, the following payments, viz:

10 per cent, the second payment on 1st Monday in January, 1837

10 per cent, the third payment on 1st February, 1837.

10 per cent, the fourth payment on 1st Monday in March, 1837.

10 per cent, the fifth payment on 1st Monday in April, 1837.

10 per cent, the sixth payment on 1st Monday in May, 1837.

10 per cent, the seventh payment on 1st Monday in June, 1837.

10 per cent, the eighth payment on 1st Monday in July, 1837.

10 per cent, the ninth payment on 1st Monday in August, 1837.

10 per cent, the tenth payment on 1st Monday in September, 1837.

J. COUNTER, Treasurer.

Kingston, 5th December, 1836.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1836