The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1853

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p.2 The Kingston Ship Building Trade - We are happy to perceive that the prospects of an increase in this branch of business are so flattering as to have determined the proprietor of the Kingston Marine Railway to add very extensive and important facilities to those already possessed by this establishment, not only for building, but also for repairing vessels of every class or build. A large stone building is now in progress of erection in the yard, which, besides offices adapted for the business of the establishment, will contain a carpenter's shop sufficiently large to admit 130 workmen to be employed at the same time. The machinery room will be 95 by 45 feet. The Machinery of a steam saw mill, of 30 horse power, is now being manufactured, and will, it is confidently expected, be in operation by the 1st of December next. This steam power will drive a gang of twelve saws, and a saw for siding knees. It will also propel a planing machine of unusual capabilities, for instance, by a single movement it will plane a plank 7 feet long. The steam power will also be used in hauling out vessels on the Railway, which hitherto has been effected by horses. All these improvements will be completed by the 1st of December next, and it will then form an establishment, which in point of fitness for carrying on this very important branch of domestic manufacture on an extensive scale, cannot be equalled in Upper Canada.

Mail Contract - It is said that the Mail contract for the Lake and River has been awarded to D. Bethune, Esq., of Toronto, at a figure lower than that for which the service is at present performed.

The Steamer Crescent, Capt. R. Patterson, will leave J.J. Whitehead's Wharf for Belleville, touching at intermediate ports, on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1853