The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1887

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Marine Paragraphs.

Capt. J.H. Scott will again command the prop. Persia.

The schr. Mary Taylor has been rebuilt and rechristened the Laura Rooney, after the daughter of one of the owners.

Mr. McGillivray, engineer of the prop. Albion, laying at Port Dalhousie, will leave for that place on Saturday. He will at once proceed to overhaul the steamer's machinery.

The schr. Maria Annette was the first vessel to reach Oswego this season. She got there on Monday. The Annette left Port Hope on Saturday. The wind was fair and she had a quick passage over. But little ice was met with, and what the vessel did encounter was very soft. The Annette is commanded by Capt. Henning.

p.8 Incidents Of the Day - James Whalen will act as mate of the schr. Annie Foster this summer.

Iron ore will arrive over the K. & P.R.R. in a few days and be transferred to the schr. Grantham.

A Favorite Resort - str. Lillie Nicholson to run on Charleston Lake.

The Power Dry Dock.

Burleigh Falls, April 12th - (To the Editor): I see by the British Whig of the 6th inst., that a meeting of the Board of Trade was held in the city lately, and many important matters there discussed, amongst others that of the dry dock; and in connection with the dry dock Mr. William Leslie is reported to have stated that it was impossible to complete the dry dock, now about half finished, that there were fissures in the rock that could not be made watertight. Now, sir, I must disagree with Mr. Leslie on this point. There are no fissures in the rock composing the dock bottom, but there may be a leakage in the coffer dam, which is a small matter to stop. Any practical man will tell you that rock bottom is the better for docks, as the keel blocks always can be kept in line. Many of the western dock bottoms are of sand, and great difficulty has been experienced in making them tight and keeping them in line; yet the work was not considered impossible. Now as to the location of the dock in question. The harbor of Kingston does not afford as good a one. Machine shops, men, and all the requirements of the trade are close at hand, which cannot be said for the place named at the meeting for a dock. I can furnish the testimony of some of the best practical men in the country, to show that the work done so far under water is as good and substantial as any wooden side dock on the inland waters - all the docks are built of wood with one or two exceptions - and can be put in working order by a moderate outlay.

By giving the above letter a place in your journal you will serve to show the people of the city of Kingston how the matter of the dock stands.

Very respectively yours, W. POWER.


The steamer Pierrepont reached Garden Island today. She made a start yesterday and had a hard tug breaking the ice. She has now resumed her daily trips. We give the following information respecting the opening and closing of navigation:

Opening Closing

1867 April 8 Dec. 18

1868 March 31 Dec. 24

1869 April 17 Jan. 8

1870 April 13 Dec. 31

1871 March 16 Dec. 25

1872 April 22 Dec. 22

1873 April 14 Jan. 14

1874 March 28 Jan. 5

1875 April 19 Dec. 23

1876 April 18 Dec. 20

1877 April 9 Jan. 8

1878 March 11 Jan. 2

1879 April 21 Dec. 28

1880 March 23 Dec. 21

1881 April 12 Jan. 12

1882 March 7 Jan. 4

1883 April 19 Dec. 31

1884 April 11 Dec. 31

1885 April 28 Jan. 8

1886 April 9 Dec. 29

When the date of closing occurs in January it is in the following year. For instance the season of 1885 was from April 28th, 1885 to Jan. 8th, 1886.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1887