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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1847

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p.2 City Council - Sidney Scobell petitions for payment of account for erection of Light-house - referred to Committee on Wharves and Harbors..

p.3 Launches - On Monday next the 12th inst., two fine vessels, fully rigged and sails all bent, will be launched by Mr. Shickeluna, down at the ship-yard here. One is a three-masted schooner of 400 tons burthen, 133 feet keel and 138 feet over all, 26 feet beam and 11 feet hold; the other, a fore-and-after, of 250 tons, 100 feet keel, 23 1/2 beam, and 9 feet hold. Mr. S. is to deliver them all ready for service - the first for N. Merritt, Esq., St. John, N.B., to be commanded by Capt. Jones - the other is for Messrs. Benson and Merritt, to be commanded by Capt. King.

There is also on the stocks a propeller of 142 feet over all; and a schooner of 110 feet keel, has just been commenced.

For want of sufficient assistance Mr. S. cannot have the dry dock opened before the 1st of May, and plenty of employment is anticipated for it.

The amount of shipbuilding at this yard is limited for want of hands. As many as thirty additional shipwrights would meet with constant employment at high wages. [St. Catherine's Journal]

The Opening of the Navigation - During the past few days, the season has advanced prodigiously. The ice in the channel of the River has given way, and the prospects are good for the harbor to be clear of ice by the end of the present week.....

Welland Canal - may be open by Saturday. [St. Catherine's Journal]

Shipment of Flour to Oswego - It is stated currently, that several vessels from Canadian ports, on Lake Ontario, have been freighted with Flour to Oswego, thence to pass through the Erie Canal to New York or Boston. We believe the report to be true, but cannot vouch for it. Should the practice become general, it will prove a bitter blow to Kingston and the Forwarders. It has, however, been hinted that these shipments have been made, partly as experiments, and partly with a view to raise money. On this subject the Montreal Herald of the 10th says:- "We know it to be a fact, that merchants are now holding large parcels of produce at Buffalo, and other Western ports, which are waiting the decision of our Legislature, whether they go to Montreal or New York. The whole thing now hinges on a trifle, and, we shall see in a month, whether Montreal is to be the rival of New York, or sink into insignificence."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1847