p.2 Progress of St. Catherines - The St. Catherines Constitutional, alluding to the progress of St. Catherines, makes use of the following remarks: - Few persons who have not visited our thriving town can form anything of a right conception of the amount of business done here. It is well known as the chief depot of the Welland Canal, and bears the name of an important merchantile town - but beyond this, its great sources of wealth are but little known. It can boast of the finest Mills in the province, as well as the finest Foundries and Machine Shops to be found. But these are not all; it possesses a Dock-Yard equal to any in this or the neighboring country. The enterprising proprietor of this Ship-Yard has orders for several first class vessels to be ready in the spring. The first of these we will mention is the rebuilding of the propeller Vermont, with entirely new machinery from the "Novelty Works" of Thomas Towers, Esq., of this town; next after the Vermont will be a fine new schooner of 106 feet keel, 22 feet beam, 10 feet hold, and 450 tons burden. This vessel will just fill the locks, and will be one of the best crafts that float upon our waters. Next to her comes one intended for the Mediterranean sea. She will probably be freighted in St. Catherines, and proceed direct to Malta, and will form one of a regular line between that island and New York; her proportions are 140 feet keel, 26 feet beam, and 14 feet hold. She will be copper and trennel fastened, of 500 tons burden, and to be square rigged. She will be ready for sea on the opening of navigation. Last, though not least of the number, will be a new steamer to ply between St. Catherines and Toronto; to be 150 feet long, 26 feet beam, 43 (48?) feet to her guards, and 100 feet overall (sic) - calculated to run 18 miles an hour. Her engine will be built at the "Novelty Works." If we may judge from the model of this boat, she will be a regular "clipper," and will make the trip across the Lake in about two hours. This is shipbuilding extraordinary, but when we consider that Mr.Shickluna can at any time turn out vessels of this description in three or four weeks, we need not be surprised at his having as many orders to fulfil. The amount of money thus distributed to the workmen and others, is no small item; at least $100,000 will be laid out in his yard this winter, and as many hands so like to come can be employed at $1.50 per day. Next year Mr. Shickluna purposes greatly enlarging his ship yard, and has already commenced building another dry dock. This, when completed, will make Mr. Shickluna's among the finest works of the kind in America.
New Steamer Queen of the West - This splendid vessel, belonging to Captain Harrison, the former commander of the Eclipse, although yet unfinished, on a trial trip from Hamilton to this city, gave evidence that she will be one of the best and swiftest steamers on the lake. We are told that she made the passage (45 miles) in about 2 hours and a half, and it is believed when in trim she will make it in two hours. The vessel is upwards of 230 feet long, and built of great strength. Her machinery, manufactured by Messrs. Gartshore & Co. of Dundas, seems to be of the most substantial and perfect description, and the vessel having paddlewheels constructed on a new principle, the unpleasant jar and vibration, so common on the most of our steamers, is hardly perceptible on board the Queen. She is of a most beautiful mold, and, in accordance with her name, she walks the water in majestic style. If her qualities as a sea boat equal her strength and speed, she must, under the control of such a commander as Captain Harrison, secure a large share of public patronage. [Toronto Examiner]
The Weather - ...The business of shipping is unusually brisk. Our harbor is crowded with vessels; reshipment is active; and there is a fair probability that this state of things will continue for many days.
Wolfe Island Canal
The Stockholders of the Company are hereby notified, that their Stock will be required to be paid in at the Office of the Secretary, Clarence Street, in instalments of Ten per cent each, on the 15th day of December, instant, and the 15th day of each month following, until the whole is paid up.
By order of the Board,
W.A. GEDDES, Sec.
Kingston, Dec. 1st, 1852.