BUSINESS MATTERS IN KINGSTON
....Mr. Francis Tracy's blacksmith shop is a not unimportant establishment. The proprietor has increased his business from the working of two forges a few years ago, up to the employment of 60 men at ship blacksmithing and boiler repairing for nearly every steamer and sailing vessel in the harbor and at Portsmouth, at which latter place he has a blacksmith shop for his workmen engaged on the steamer New Era, on Berry's barges, and other vessels there. During the whole winter 52 men on the average have here been employed.
E. Berry & Co's new elevator is rapidly approaching completion, and will be in readiness to meet the first call. The elevating capacity of this establishment for all practical purposes is now 150,000 bushels per diem, and would be increased to an extent equal to 10,000 bushels an hour but for the difficulty of feeding those or any other elevators to that amount. The new elevator differs from that on the east side of the storehouse, in having the buckets closer and running on the belting on a four-feet pulley. The discharge at the top is correspondingly wider. These improvements will enable the buckets to fill better at the bottom and discharge more freely on the top, so as to avoid the spilling and returning of grain into the hold. Mr. Overend has been the contractor for the building; Messrs. Davidson & Doran for the machinery; and Mr. Norris for the tinsmith work.
Berry & Co. will have in the forwarding trade eight barges nearly rebuilt, four of which are now at Portsmouth and three at Quebec. They hope on all hands to be prepared for the transportation business. An elevating capacity of 150,000 bus. will enable them in nine weeks to tranship as much grain as went forward to Montreal last year. If this be taken into consideration, together with the facilities under the control of other firms here, it will be seen that the detention in sending grain forward was not so much owing to the want of elevators here as of barges - and these might have been in sufficient supply had they not been detained in Montreal as storehouses while brokers tramped the market to make sale of their cargoes - and forwarders here are determined to combine to resist this injury to their interests. An addition has been made to Berry & Co's storehouse which will enable them to receive 90,000 bushels of grain. Plans have been prepared by them for a store capable of containing 160,000 bushels, but in consequence of the threatening state of affairs last fall the project was laid over until its feasibility should be warranted by a prosperous and calm condition of affairs.
Mr. P.W. Doyle, lessee of the Atlantic and Commercial Wharves, succeeds to the large business of his lamented father. He controls in the forwarding trade some 70 barges, of a carrying capacity of 500,000 bushels; and four sailing vessels, one in the timber and three in the grain trade. The shipments of iron ore from this wharf will amount next year to 6,000 tons. Middlebrook, Whiting & Wood send forward from here 4,000,000 feet of lumber annually. Dickenson's steamers Britannia and Bytown will take their place on the Rideau route in the spring, touching at the Atlantic wharf; and the "mail line" will as usual make this their stopping place. Mr. Doyle is agent for the Welland and Great Western Railways, as well as for the various business connections of the late Mr. Doyle. In the storehouse Mr. Richardson has 15,000 bushels of peas and 15,000 bushels of wheat, bought in this market during the winter; but has removed to Anderson & Ford's for further storage.
Anderson & Ford are the agents for Jacques & Tracy's line of propellers, which ply on the lakes and river, from Chicago to Montreal; for Molson's steamer Prince Albert, and the steamer St. Lawrence, and propeller Protection, all of which are more or less engaged in the Bay of Quinte trade. The American line, plying to Ogdensburg, Oswego and Rochester, touching at Kingston, call at Anderson & Ford's, and are expected to make their appearance here at the first opening of the navigation. Perry & Black's boats, the steamers Bowmanville and Ranger, and the propeller Whitby, it is expected will touch at this wharf during the ensuing season. In addition to this extensive steamboat connection, Anderson & Ford are agents for the Anchor line of steamships running between Montreal, Glasgow, and Liverpool, and during the World's Exhibition at London will be enabled to hold out a reduced rate of fare as an inducement to Canadians to visit that great wonder.
At Kinghorn's United States wharf the steamer Pierrepont is being made ready for her invariably successful effort to open the harbor, and further to accommodate the passenger travel between this port and Cape Vincent. The steamer Gazelle is also being placed in readiness for the Wolfe Island and Gananoque route. The various sylvan retreats in the neighborhood of Kingston and Cape Vincent are readily accessible by these boats, owing to their light draught of water, and many a pleasant picnic party will no doubt take advantage of them to rusticate for a day stolen from the dusty toil of next summer. During the entire year the business done here scarcely slacks, for what with the large amount of grain bought in by Mr. Kinghorn and Messrs. Carruthers & Co's large wholesale business, the wharf is busy with farmers and carters and all the bustle of an emporium. The steamer St. Helen and other Bay of Quinte boats touch here; and the extensive frontage of the wharf and slips, together with the business created by its occupants, render it a stopping place for sailing and steam vessels from all points. This wharf is the terminus of railroad connection between Kingston and New York.
Naval Depots On the Lakes - [N.Y. World]