The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1847

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p.2 Desjardins Canal - complaints about management. [Hamilton Spectator]

Accidental Death by Drowning - Yesterday afternoon a very lamentable accident occurred on board the Steamer Canada. The wheel in the steerage being out of repair, two men with the Mate were at work with the tiller, when by some means it was violently brought round throwing the mate and a hand named Kelly, overboard. The Mate saved himself by swimming, but the other, after remaining in the water ten or eleven minutes, was brought out in a lifeless state. Means were made use of for restoring him, but without success. [Herald]

Military Movements - On Wednesday evening the Head Quarter Wing of the 2nd Battalion of the Rifle Brigage arrived from Quebec in the steamer Passport, and were instantly transferred to H.M.S. Cherokee, Capt. Fowell, which left for Toronto same night. Yesterday afternoon H.M.S. Cherokee returned from Toronto, with the Right Wing of the 81st Reg't on board, which being transferred to the Canada, left this morning for below.

Floating Dock - Every year adds something to the resources of Kingston as a Sea-port. A short time ago, a Marine Railway was desideratum; now the town possesses 3 of these conveniences; 2 within the city, and one at Portsmouth. But these 3 Railways are not sufficient to do the business of the Forwarders; and accordingly this summer a Floating Dock has been built by Messrs. Beaupre Brothers, as an addition to their Shipwright Establishment. It is difficult to give the reader a clear comprehension of this exceedingly ingenious contrivance, which by the bye, is not very novel. At present it consists of 3 pair of caissons, made water tight, and when filled with water, sunk at proper distances from each other. The barge, or other vessel to be repaired, is then towed between the caissons, and made fast. The water is then pumped out of the caissons by 12 hand pumps, and as the water flows out, the caissons rise, and the barge becomes wholly exposed in a condition to be repaired. Our readers can see the Floating Dock in operation at the head of Ontario Street, moored off Messrs. Beaupre Brothers' Ship Yard.

p.3 Shipwrights Wanted at St. Catherine's Ship Yard - We regret to hear that the amount of work turned out at this establishment is limited for the want of hands. Any number of good shipwrights may find employment at 7s 6d per day of ten hours - a fact which our contemporaries in Montreal, Kingston, and elsewhere, might mention for the benefit of any unemployed.

Mr. Shickeluna has now on the stocks a fine schooner for Messrs. Benson & Merritt, which will be launched about the middle of the ensuing month. Which done he will at once lay the keel of a Steam Freight Boat, for Messrs. Gunn & Co. of Hamilton, intended for service through the whole line of water communication from the Upper Lakes to Montreal or Quebec. Her extreme length will be 142 feet, with 137 feet keel, 29 feet beam and 10 feet hold. The wheels, which will be let into her side, will be of about 23 feet diameter. She is intended to be launched in the fall. [St. Catherine's Journal]

Trade via the U.S. - business sharply increased. [Oswego Whig]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1847