The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 9, 1864

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p.2 The Banshee - The steamer Banshee having been in the dry dock at Montreal, has been again put on the route, and will arrive here tonight about ten o'clock, on her way to Hamilton. Her injuries were very slight, none of them under water.

Iron Ships With Wooden Bottoms - Mr. W. Power, of this city, a practical shipbuilder of ingenuity and experience, has shown us a plan for building iron ships with wooden bottoms, having for object to prevent those common calamities which arise from iron vessels tearing their bottoms by touching ground. If this can be effectively done, it is plainly an important desideratum for our long inland navigation; it might save many lives; many thousands of dollars of property; and at the same time greatly conduce to build up the confidence of the public in the St. Lawrence route. Experience has shown, almost everywhere, that the great drawback of iron ships is the fatal facility with which they tear the moment they touch, almost like an egg striking a sharp-edged stone. In other respects, for lightness, durability, and speed - qualifications which give them immense advantages in competition with wooden ships - they are so far unrivalled. Mr. Power claims that by his method he can combine the advantages of iron with the safety of wood. A claim so important deserves the most careful investigation; and if it is well founded it ought to be generally adopted. So far as we can judge it is well founded, but we do not pretend to utter the opinion of an expert. What we say is, there is cause shown for a most careful enquiry into Mr. Power's system; and if we are not in error, the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company have given the subject their attention, and taken copies of Mr. Power's drawings and specifications. We shall be glad to hear that experience favors his opinion. [Montreal Gazette]

Imports - 8th - Barque Canada, Saugeen, 287 pcs elm tmbr, Calvin & Breck.

Schr M.L. Breck, Pt Stanley, 124 pcs oak tmbr, Calvin & Breck.

Str Bay of Quinte, Belleville, general cargo.

Schr Alexander, Windsor, 10 pcs oak, 10 do elm, 4 do walnut, 103 do sqr oak, Calvin & Breck.

Barge Scotland, Hamilton, 20,000 ft oak timber, E Berry & Co.

Barge Harriet, Montreal.

Barque British Lion, Port Dalhousie, 16,784 bus wheat, Glassford & Jones.

Barque R. Gaskin, Port Dalhousie, 21,284 bush wheat, Glassford & Jones.

9th - Str Gleaner and 2 barges, 150,000 shingles, G M Kinghorn; 40 cords wood.

Sch Queen of the Bay, Oswego, G Lindley, 150 tons coal.

Str Cataract, Ogdensburg, D B, 7 bbls apples; B W Davy, 1 bbl g ware.

Schr Jessie, Toledo, Anderson & Ford, 14,500 bush wheat.

Str Bay State, Lewiston, D E 3 bbls apples; G Alexander, 40 bags meal; Owners, 20 bbls, 1 bush fruit.

Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo)

Clearances - 5th - Prop Brantford, Hamilton.

8th - Sch McCook, Toronto.

Brig Liverpool, do.

Sch M.L. Breck, Port Stanley.

Barque Canada, St. Catherines.

Str St. Helen, Montreal, general cargo.

Sch Hastings, Belleville.

9th - Str Champion, Montreal, general cargo.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 9, 1864