Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 15, 1864
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p.2 Mr. Berry's New Vessels - They have stirring times at Mr. E. Berry's shipyard at Portsmouth. An almost incredible amount of timber is being laid in from different parts of the adjacent country, and the way to the shipyard is literally blocked up with the teams which are dragging it in. Over two thousand feet of an average is the amount daily brought in. There is a vessel of 500 tons in the frame which is being pushed to completion with all possible despatch. She will be 135 feet Keel, 27 feet beam, and 18 feet hold. And in addition to this, two large vessels are to be immediately laid down (the keel of one being partly laid), of 1100 tons each. Their length of keel will be 172 feet, beam 36 feet, and 22 feet hold. These vessels are all intended for ocean traffic, and when finished will be found superior to any others of the kind ever launched from the Portsmouth shipyard. The large plot of ground between the old shipyard and Fisher's Brewery has recently been purchased by Mr. Berry, and is completely covered with spars, timber, and lumber generally, to be used in the building and completion of these and other vessels. The old saw mill on the property has been put into thorough repair, and may now be considered as good as new. Altogether, appearances are in favor of a brisk season at Portsmouth, and the little village seems bound to look up still higher than ever, and to increase in commercial dignity from year to year.

Along the Wharves - The busy note of preparation which is the forerunner of the advancing spring may be already heard in many directions, while passing along the harbor. Anticipations of an early opening have induced several owners of vessels to initiate the necessary repairs, and ere long the stir will have become general. The sound of the caulking hammer, like the advent of the first swallow, is indicative of a speedy return to "a life on the ocean wave."

New Drawbridge - The old drawbridge of the Cataraqui Bridge having become unmanageable has been removed, and a new one is being built to replace it. Repairs are also being made to the piers wherever required....

-The Telegraph says that the new railroad ferry boat St. Lawrence, which forms a regular connection between the Northern railroad at Ogdensburgh, and the Grand Trunk and Ottawa and Prescott Railway Depot, has continued up to this time, contrary to the expectations of many, to make her regular trips between the two depots.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 15, 1864