The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1881

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p.3 Sailors' Complaints - Yesterday morning four of the schr. Lewis Ross, discharging coal from Oswego at Hamilton, were charged by Thomas Fox, captain, with being disorderly on the street. The sailors say that "the old man" had been drunk ever since the vessel left Kingston, from which port she cleared light.....


The schr. A.G. Ryan has cleared for Charlotte with 300,000 feet lath.

Some 80,000 bushels corn are to arrive at Prescott for Mr. J.P. Wiser.

The schrs. Wm. Elgin and Anna M. Foster are loading iron ore for Cleveland and Charlotte.

The steambarge Indian and consorts have arrived, light, from Collinsby. Capt. Fraser thinks of laying them up here.

Capt. Fleming of the steamer Gipsy reports large fires on the Rideau Canal. The smoke is very dense and painful to the eyes of the passengers and crew.

The schr. Twilight, with 12,500 bush. of corn, ran on a shoal near the Sister Light at Prescott and got off with but little damage.

The steam barge Clinton, barges Grimsby and Clyde and the schr. Pride of America are all loading railroad iron for Milwaukee at $1.75 per ton. They carry away 2,000 tons.

The first lot of through grain will arrive at Midland on or about the 15th of September. The shipments consist of about seventy-five thousand bushels of wheat from Duluth. The steam barge D.R. Van Allen has the contract to carry the grain from Duluth to Kingston.


Prop. City of Montreal, Toronto, 19,500 wheat.

Schr. A. Falconer, Chatham, 12,000 wheat.

Tug Bronson, Montreal, eight barges.

Str. Passport, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corinthian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

Prop. California, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.


The builders of the Kingston floating dry dock have eleven men employed and are hurrying on the work as fast as possible. The planking of the dock is nearly completed and the bottom is well along. The caulkers are busily at work. It is intended to have the dock ready for work in three or four weeks. The engine and pump are ordered and will be shipped about the 15th inst. from the manufacturers at Syracuse, N.Y. The latter is of the Centrifugal type, Perry's patent No. 4, warranted to raise 75,000 gallons of water per hour. At that rate the dock will be emptied in one hour and a half, as it measures about 110,000 gallons. Its dimensions are 110 feet long by 40 ft. wide and 3 ft. deep. It has a lifting capacity of 300 tons. It can be filled and sunk in ten minutes after the repairs upon a vessel are completed. It is built similar to the Manhattan floating dry dock of New York city. Some docks are built in sections but they are more troublesome to manage, and are more straining on a vessel; one is liable to twist a weak boat. But the Kingston dock, being in one body or box, and strongly built, with sides stayed with hay frames, it cannot injure in any way a vessel while being lifted out. If the builders find it necessary to enlarge it by adding another section by-and-bye this can be easily done. Mr. Davis has leased the Doran property above the Kingston foundry where there is a long dock of 250 feet making a very good breakwater and a very good yard in which to haul out boats which will be first raised on the floating dock to the level of the ways laid on the land. Simply by shifting the land ways the dock may raise another and another moving each time opposite the land ways until the yard may be filled with boats. We have no doubt that the Kingston floating dry dock will be well patronized. Still there is a good opening for a large graving dock for the large class of vessels which will trade in and out of this port. There is no reason why this small dock should discourage the building of the larger one as it is absolutely required

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1881