The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1861

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p.2 Enlargement of the Harbor - The facts already published bearing upon the state of the forwarding interest here, show that upon its prosperity depends in no small degree the welfare of Kingston. The shipyard now gives employment to eighty and the Kingston Foundry to fifty-four men repairing the woodwork and machinery of vessels in the harbor; the sail-lofts are busily at work upon the spring outfits of a number of craft; and the statement is within the truth that a sum equal to $500 for each vessel is being expended in the preparations for navigation, making in all $20,500. It is obvious that an addition to the number of boats which make Kingston harbor their winter quarters would be attended with a corresponding increase in the amount of money disbursed among the city operatives, and thus the industrial resources of the city augmented. But the anchorage ground now available is too limited to admit any great addition to the number of vessels usually lying here, confined as it is to a small strip in front of the wharves between the marine railway and the bridge. This space is so far within our requirements that for years its narrow bounds have operated to our prejudice. The benefits flowing from the employment of a number of mechanics have been lost to us; and to the forwarder the difference between the price of labor in Montreal and Kingston, the time required to bring a vessel from Montreal to Kingston, and the chance of obtaining a higher freight by being as early in Chicago as a vessel leaving from this port, instead of from Montreal.

It has been proposed by the enterprising gentleman who presides over our civic destinies to build a new bridge from Pickerel Point on Dr. Barker's farm, across Bell's Island, to a corner of the marsh on the McLean estate. By the removal of three-fourths of the old bridge, and the deposit of the debris on the one-eighth parts at the ends, two breakwaters would be formed that would impart a security to the harbor thus created unequalled by any in Upper or Lower Canada. The area of such an addition to the anchorage ground would be two hundred and fifty acres, of a mean depth of fifteen feet, in any part of which a grain laden vessel could discharge her cargo into barges, unimpeded by the fury of the most violent storm.

The distance from the Pittsburgh shore to Bell's Island is 607 feet, which embraces all the bridges required; the width of the island is about 1750 feet, and from it to the west shore 1782 feet. A bridge with a draw for the Rideau boats would cost probably 5,000 pounds; the road across the island 150 pounds, and the embankments and road thence to the west shore nearly 10,000 pounds - making in all 15,000 pounds. Surely we would be warranted in seeking for goverment aid towards a work that would tend to increase the transhipment trade of this place, and to divert much of the carrying business in the hands of our neighbors. The project is of the first importance to the city; and if aught is to be done in the matter, let it be done quickly.

News Items - The Buffalo Courier says that the schooner Samuel G. Andrews, now lying in that port, was recently sold to parties in Rochester for the sum of $8,000. The Andrews is 225 tons burthen. She will go into the Chicago trade on the opening of navigation.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1861