p.2 From the Lakes - Detroit, May 1st - The steamer Ruby succeeded in making her way through the St. Clair river. She reports the following vessels in the ice, some of them ashore:- Shakespeare, Blair and Fox, but safe; The Racine lost one boat and is considerably damaged; the White Squall lost both anchors and her boat; the Miranda, one anchor, and others were damaged; the Frances' yards gone; the Spartan lost bowsprit and head sails; the Constellation lost boat and davits; McBride, Globe and Black Hawk all right; also the Rambler and Hudson; The Murray ashore on the middle ground; the Westchester lost boat, rail and mainsail; a vessel ashore on the beach, name unknown.
Shipbuilding - The Cataraqui
We had barely time to mention on Saturday last the presentation to Capt. Gaskin of a set of colors and a spy-glass for his new ship, and we can now but give an outline of the proceedings on that occasion.
The colors, etc. having been presented by the President of the Board of Trade, the Hon. J.A. Macdonald, Member for the city, addressed the captain, and remarked that it was with no small degree of pleasure that he found himself standing on the deck of so fine a ship as that upon which they were then assembled; he looked with interest upon every enterprise calculated to promote the interests of the city, and the building of such ships as that and the one near it he regarded as a very important enterprise and highly advantageous, not only to Kingston, but to the Upper Province; he felt that both were highly indebted to Captain Gaskin for demonstrating so conclusively that the business of building vessels of large tonnage for ocean navigation could be carried on along the upper lakes, and he sincerely trusted that his exertions in this respect would be handomely renumerated. Hitherto Upper Canadians had been mere hewers of wood for the lower section of the province, but here it has been satisfactorily shown that this state of things need continue no longer, and that on our rivers and on the margin of our lakes the timber of Upper Canada, such as had usually been sent at great expense, with great labor, and often at considerable loss, to the lower ports, could be worked up here into ships vieing in beauty and strength with any built at these ports. He was pleased too, to observe the name which had been selected for the new ship. There were a number of "Kingstonians" in the world - but the name of Cataraqui - the old Indian name for this port - would be distinguishable from every other, and in whatever portion of the globe it might be the lot of a Kingstonian to see the burgee of the Cataraqui flying, he would at once recognize the old name of his own old home and welcome the visitor. He repeated that all interests in Kingston were deeply indebted to Capt. Gaskin for his enterprise in this matter and but expressed the general voice when he wished him and his ship abundant success.
Capt. Gaskin replied: He said that the honor which had been done to him by this presentation was one really unexpected, but one which he should ever remember. He had through many years cherished the idea of building such a ship as that on which they had assembled, and had at length attained his object. Another would soon be ready, and he hoped to see others follow, not only here, but elsewhere, and he had little doubt that others would be built, seeing the facilities which exist in this section of the province for ship-building. For the kind manner in which his name had been mentioned, and for the presentation which had just been made he would return his sincere thanks, and express the hope that he would always be enabled to retain the good opinion of his fellow-citizens.
The Captain, then invited the Gentlemen into the Cabin, where a handsome lunch had been provided, and about forty-five sat down; champagne flowed freely; a number of toasts were proposed, and speeches made by Messrs. Campbell, Macdonald, Forsyth, the Mayor, and other gentlemen of Kingston, and by Messrs. Ponton and Read of Belleville. It would be impossible for us to follow these unless in a special report, suffice it to say that upwards of three hours were thus most happily spent.
The Launch - Owing to the very uncomfortable state of the weather, this was postponed from Saturday to Monday, and again until yesterday. The weather, yesterday, was of the most delightful character, and an immense crowd occupied every available spot for a view of the launch, while between two and three hundred ladies and gentlemen were admitted on board the ship, in the cabin of which ample refreshments were provided. A few minutes after the time appointed, half-past three p.m. (and the delay was occasioned by a schooner which had anchored in the line of the ship's movement from the ways,) the signal was given, and "The Cataraqui" glided gracefully into her destined element. She was subsequently taken in tow by the steamer John Counter, and performed a circuit of the bay before being brought alongside the pier. Murdoch's Brass Band were on board the ship. Everything went off in the most satisfactory manner.