The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1854

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Notes About Town - Iron Trade - The Foundries


The Kingston Foundry is in useful operation, doing an extensive business, principally in the construction and repairing of marine engines. It has now in process of manufacture a 100 horse power engine for a new boat now building for Messrs. Bowen & Co. Last year this foundry turned out about 10,000 pounds (worth) of work, principally in the above-mentioned branch of the business...

Mr. Honeyman's Foundry - ...He is now constructing a 50 horse power engine for the new steam elevator, now building on the Quebec Forwarding Company's wharf...He has in his employment a man generally well-known as an adept in boiler making, who superintends this species of work, and whatever boiler Dan McEwan (that's the boiler maker's name) has a hand in, may be depended on as being both good and strong..."

The length of the excavation for the Sault Ste. Marie Ship Canal, from water to water, is 4,350 feet, to which is added the pier below, 308 feet long, and the pier and the bank at the head 1,000 feet long, making the entire length of the work 5,658 feet - 378 feet more than a mile. The fall of the St. Mary's is 18 feet, and the canal is to be 12 feet deep. The sides are to be inclined from the canal bottom to the slope of 1 1/2 to 1, and are to be walled with stone where there is not a natural wall, so that they will present a rock surface throughout. On canal bottom the width is 64 feet; consequently it is 100 feet wide. The walled banks are to rise five feet above the water line, making breadth of canal at towpath 115 feet. There is a basin 400 feet long, 40 feet wider than the canal, placed about 1,000 feet above the locks. There are to be two locks, each 350 feet in length between the gates, made with walls 10 feet thick at the base, and strengthened with stone buttresses on the outside 12 feet apart. These will contain 15,000 cubic yards of masonry, of which probably 12,000 yards must be brought in a vessel from a distance. Not less than 12,000 tons of it come in schooners from Malden, near Detroit. The locks are of sufficient capacity to admit the largest steamers now afloat upon the lakes. The work will probably be completed during the summer.

Port of Kingston - Imports - 12th - Str. Boston, Ogdensburgh - (gen. cargo)

Str. John Counter, Cape Vincent - (gen. cargo)

Str. Ontario, Oswego, (gen. cargo)

Str. John Counter, Cape Vincent - (gen. cargo)

Str. Magnet, Ogdensburgh - (gen. cargo)

13th - Str. John Counter, Cape Vincent - (gen. cargo)

Str. Bay State, Oswego - (gen. cargo)

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1854