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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1859

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p.1 A Living Head On a Dead Body - Archibald Campbell paralyzed from neck down, was one of best ship carpenters in country; superintended construction of such steamers as Montreal, Quebec, and Highlander. [Newburgh Index Aug. 3rd]


A Visit To Mr. Doyle's Atlantic Wharf

A visit to Mr. Doyle's Atlantic Wharf, at the foot of Princess street, yesterday morning, satisfied us that there is one place, at least, where business to a considerable extent is done. It is at this wharf where the Rideau Canal barges discharge their cargoes of iron stone (ore), from below the City of Ottawa and Schaffer's Island in the Rideau. Some hundreds of tons are now lying there awaiting transhipment to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which seems to be the principal customer for this valuable material. Some eighty thousand tons are expected to be transhipped by Mr. Doyle this season. A considerable quantity of shingles and lumber of different descriptions are stored on this wharf, for sale, besides coal, salt, etc.We observed a fine schooner, the Jessie, Capt. Larkin, discharging a cargo of splendid white oak, which was being put into one of Mr. Doyle's large barges for shipment to Quebec. The cargo consists of some 400 pieces of the best timber of the kind that has come under our vision. The sticks are in lengths of 16 feet, and some of them measure 40 cubic feet. They are halves of logs, carefully denuded of bark and all irregularities by a slab being taken off the sides of each, rendering them convenient for handling and stowage. We learn that they are supplied by Mr. Read, of Windsor, C.W., to fill an order from Liverpool. They were obtained in the County of Lambton, and are intended to be used in wainscoating, in accordance with ancient English custom.

We observed on the wharf eight cannons, 24 pounders, with an equal number of gun carriages of the heaviest description, some of them intended for 32-pounders. On Mr. Hamilton's wharf and on Messrs. Anderson & Ford's wharf are also several gun carriages, some twenty in all. They are of recent make, for they are marked "1859." We believe they are to be placed in the Naval Dock Yard, where there are already guns enough to bombard the whole American lake frontier. The amount of public money invested in war-plant, lying useless and corroding in the Dock Yard and at Fort Henry, is absolutely sickening to contemplate. Why is more useless but expensive lumber now added to the piles there already?

One of Mr. Dickenson's Canal steamers, the Alert, Capt. Burrowes, has just been put upon the line between this city and Ottawa. She is to run in connection with the Ottawa. The latter, thus far, we are told, has done a very good business, and it is expected the fall traffic will prove remunerative for both boats. The old Beaver, formerly the most commodious boat on the canal, has recently resumed her old route hence to Ottawa, having been employed the last two seasons in towing on the Ottawa, and the Grenville Canal. The Prince Albert also continues on the same route. If all these steamers can find business enough to pay expenses now, there is every probability of their paying a profit by-and-bye. The Alert is a small boat of about the same capacity as the Ottawa, and is more calculated for freight than for passengers; though for the latter there are a gentleman's and ladies' cabin of moderate proportions, but withal very snug and comfortable.

The Atlantic Wharf, since its extension last winter of some seventy or eighty feet in front, has the largest area, we believe, of any similar construction in the city, with a fireproof warehouse of capacity sufficient for any amount of storage. Mr. Doyle is a thorough man of business, always on the spot superintending his affairs, and as a matter of course he succeeds in giving ample satisfaction to the public.

Orange Society Excursion & Picnic - on str. Wellington of Garden Island to Amherst Island.

Cobourg Regatta - Full particulars of this event have not yet reached us, but we learn that the race has been won by the yacht Wanderer, of Toronto. The Belle of Kingston arrived first at the gaol, the Prima Donna being second, and the Glance third. The Belle has lost the race owing to the fact that she rounded the winning buoy in the wrong direction. She was, however, seven minutes ahead of the rest; and, although not strictly victorious, her character as a fast boat was fully maintained. It will be seen that the three yachts built by Mr. Osborne, two of which are owned at Kingston, viz. the Belle and Glance, and the Prima Donna all occupied first positions. We shall no doubt be able to give a more extended account in our next. [Whig]

p.3 Oswego, Aug. 17th - The Ontario Grain Elevator, owned by Fred L. Corrington, was burnt this morning entirely, with the exception of the engine building. The warehouse contained about 15,000 bushels of Chicago spring wheat and corn. Loss estimated at $15,000. Insured mostly in New York Companies. The Canadian schooner Mary, lying at the warehouse, was badly burnt.

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1859