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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 30, 1880

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p.3 Seamen's Union Assembly - The Seamen's Union had their second assembly last night in the City Hall. It was a most successful night, being attended by over 90 couples notwithstanding the fact that there were 2 similar affairs in progress at the same time. The hall was very attractively decorated with flags and bunting. There was a fine display of models of yachts, vessels, and steamboats, some in cases and others suspended from the ceiling and exposed to view from all parts of the hall. There were also colored lights (such as are used for navigation purposes at night) an anchor design and suitable mottoes, the largest of which read, "United we stand, and divided we fall." The whole decorations were the result of much labour, but at the same time a degree of exceptional taste was exhibited. The members of the Union were present in number, and they conducted the Assembly in a most creditable manner. Dancing commenced between 8 and 9 o'clock and continued until 5 o'clock this morning, the excellent music of Lockie's quadrille band acting as a wonderful inspiration. The Union men evidently know how to dance as well as man a vessel.


The Marie Annette, of Port Hope, has been chartered to carry ice from Mill Point to Charlotte.

The new steamer Varuna is to towed from Wolfe Island to Kingston to have her engine put in her.

The schooners B.W. Folger and Eureka are ready to leave for Charlotte, laden with ice, sold at $41.50 ? per ton.

Capt. Sherwood, of Prescott, will again command the steamer Norseman. Mr. B.J. Little, of this city, left yesterday to take his position on her as steward.

The Belleville Intelligencer says it will recquire $700 to complete the alterations and improvements in the City of Belleville, now lying at Portsmouth.

The str. Watertown is being thoroughly repaired at Powers shipyard. Her engine has been thoroughly overhauled. She will be used as an excursion boat. Her repairs will cost about $2,000.

Capt. J.H. Scott, of Elginburg, left this morning for St. Catharines to prepare the propeller Scotia of the Merchants Line, for active service. The Captain has for many years commanded this propeller.

The new barge Huron, building at Garden Island, will not be ready for launching till June. The craft is being built entirely of oak, and will cost probably $15,000. It is 165' long, 20' beam, with a carrying capacity of about 30,000 bushels.

The str. Hastings will run between here and Picton this season. She will make a weekly visit to Belleville. The Bay route is so cut up that it will not pay to make a daily visit to Belleville. Capt. Crawford will again command the Hastings.

The following list of the captains, who will command the vessels lying at this port, at Wolfe and Garden Islands, has been sent to the Intelligencer: Bismarck, Capt. Milligan; J.H. Breck, Capt. Booth; Oriental, Capt. Malone; Prussia, Capt. Donnelly; Norway, Capt. Dix; Bavaria, Capt. Crawford; Denmark, Capt. Julien; Siberia, Capt. O'Brien; Florida, Capt. Smith; Bangalore, Capt. McCarty; Hyderabad, Capt. Gormly; Acacia, Capt. Philips; Forest Queen, Capt. Tyo; White Oak, Capt. Dix; Benedict, Capt. Webster; Anna M. Foster, Capt. T. Allan; Anna Falconer, Capt. Taylor; Julia, Capt. Hartnell; A.G. Ryan, Capt. Ryan; B.W. Folger, Capt. Ryan; Eureka, Capt. Sanders; Brooklyn, Capt. Fraser; Richardson, Capt. McKee; Canadian, Capt. Blanchard (late of Kincardine); L.D. Bullock, Capt. Eccles; Philo Bennett, Capt. D. Eccles; W.R. Taylor, Capt. Simmons; Oliver Mowat, Capt. Beaupre; Olive Branch, Capt. Minaker; George Suffel, Capt. Minaker; N.P. Downey, Capt. Allen; Paragon, Capt. Doherty; Arabia, Capt. H. Doville.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 30, 1880