The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1888

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p.8 Personal Mention - Capt. G. O'Brien has been appointed by Calvin & Son captain of their new str. Armenia.


Demand For A Dry Dock Emphasized.

Dry Docks Located on the Lakes.

One who has acquainted himself with all the facts, makes the following statement in connection with the demand for a dry dock at this port:

"Since 1876, and up to 1885, the number of large vessels demanding lockage, and consequently repairs thereon, was very considerable. The names of some may be mentioned - the City of Toronto, Southern Belle, Corsican, Spartan and Campana. During this time for the want of a suitable place to have the repairs done on the many vessels calling for dockage, the loss to the city has been $200,000.

During the year 1885, which was not a profitable year for navigation, tonnage to the amount of 6,700 tons was refused owing to the dry dock not being ready.

Names of some of the vessels refused accommodation: strs. Oneida, Niagara, Tecumseh, City of Toronto, Chicora, Business, Spartan, D.D. Calvin, Armenia, St. Magnus, Milwaukee, Home, Porter and government steam tug.

Number of dry docks in Ontario: Port Dalhousie, 1; St. Catharines, 2; Port Robinson, 1; Collingwood, 1; Owen Sound, 1.

Dry docks elsewhere: Oswego, N.Y., 2; Buffalo, 3; Cleveland, 2; Detroit, 3; Port Huron, 2; Milwaukee, 1, beside one set of lifting boxes.

The dry dock at Owen Sound received from that town a bonus of $15,000.

The Collingwood dry dock received from that town a bonus of $25,000.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1888