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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1879

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p.1 A Monster On the Erie Canal - a boat like a big box - unwieldly. [Troy Budget]

p.2 Loss of a Schooner - Buffalo, Nov. 17th - The schr. C.G. Breed, from Detroit with wheat, capsized and foundered on Friday 80 miles east of Point au Pelee. The crew, consisting of the captain and seven men, are all supposed to be lost excepting Frank Davis and David McCallister, of Port Colborne. The schooner was commanded by Capt. Rose, of Detroit; Jas. Smith, of Buffalo, mate.

p.3 Marine - The dismasted schr. Arabia arrived here yesterday in tow of the tug Chieftain. She was towed here from Lake Huron. On the way from Port Dalhousie both the tug and schooner encountered boisterous weather. On Wednesday they ran into Toronto harbour for shelter, and on Friday again started for Kingston, but when near Whitby they again fell foul of the weather, and had to put into Niagara for shelter, where they remained until Saturday evening. They reached Kingston at twelve o'clock yesterday. The schooner has 19,400 bushels corn, which was not damaged.

A Peculiar Boat - A boat is building at Clayton, the construction of which is peculiar. The two top streaks are concaved and and two streaks are put inside also concaved, thus forming an airtight apartment about three inches wide. In case of accident the boat will float in any position with all that could be got into her.

Wind Wafts - The recent collision between the schrs. Ben Folger and W.W. Grant may possibly result in a suit for damages by the captain of the former who, although his vessel received the slightest damage of the two, avers that the fault lay with the Grant.



During the past two years a new industry has been attempted, and so far with comparative success, on Wolfe Island, that of boat building. Three steamers have been fitted out and put in commission, while the fourth is now on the stocks, the hull being nearly finished. The Island itself, near the ferry, has in the same time been very much improved, particularly in the number and style of the various dwellings and other buildings which have lately been erected at that point, caused no doubt by the introduction of the new industries of which that of boat building should not be reckoned the least. The steamers are built under the direction of and in the yard of Mr. K. Davis. The steamers in commission are the Constance, launched in 1878, Princess Louise, (a favorite of a number of citizens) 1879, Rover, 1879, and Veruna (sic - Varuna ) now building, whose length is 100 feet, beam 16' 6", depth of hold 6' 6". Her speed, it is anticipated, will be from 14 to 15 miles per hour, her hull is planked with 2 1/3 inch white oak and elm and is now ready for laying the deck. She is to be finished in first class style as a passenger boat, to ply between Trenton and Picton, on which route she is to replace the Utica, which was also built by Mr. Davis in 1873, but is not fast enough and is to be replaced by the Veruna. The engine for the Veruna is now being made at the Kingston Foundry. The cylinder will be 14 x 14, and the boiler will have 600 feet of heating surface, which, it is calculated, will give any amount of steam requisite. The Veruna is for Mr. Jonathan Porte, of Trenton, the present owner of the Utica, the third steamer built for the same party by Mr. Davis in the past ten years. Besides the four steamers built on Wolfe Island, Mr. Davis built at Westport the steamer Carleton in 1878, and in the past has turned out many good and fast boats, among which are those already named as well as the Norfolk and the Juanita. The Veruna will be launched before the navigation closes, and will be brought to the city to receive her engine. The cabin and upper works will be put on during the winter. Her cost will be in the neighborhood of $7,000. We hope she may meet expectations, and deserve the name to be given her, Veruna, or Queen of the Seas.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1879