The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 7, 1864

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p.2 Trial Trip of the Watertown - The new steamer Watertown went on a trial trip on Thursday afternoon. The Watertown is intended for the international ferry service between Kingston and Cape Vincent, and has been built with a special view to the requirements of the trade and navigation. She is scow-built, with a stem piece, and sheathed with iron forward, to break through the ice in early winter and spring. This style of steamer was originated here by Captain Hinckley, joint owner of the vessel with Mr. Kinghorn, and was first put to the test in the case of the Pierrepont, built under his direction. Before the Pierrepont's day the service was performed in large steamers like the Highlander, going round the head of Wolfe Island, vessels that were too big for the trade, and which ruined their owners in keeping them on the route. The Walter Shanly, which afterwards competed against the Pierrepont, consumed more fuel than was profitable, and she was run at a loss during the season. These large boats were owned by companies. The smaller Pierrepont was run under the watchful eye of her owner, and being more economically managed, yielded a profit. Her size and draught of water enabled her to take the shorter and safer route of the Wolfe Island canal, and in her success she illustrated the triumph which careful practical men often gain over more wasteful management of companies, whose only advantage is their greater capital. The owners of the Pierrepont have done well where others before them failed, and from small beginnings Captain Hinckley is now the commodore of a steam ferry fleet, consisting of the Gazelle, Pierrepont, and Watertown, for all three of which there is abundant employment in our own waters. The Watertown is to go on the Cape Vincent route, the Pierrepont on the Wolfe Island ferry, and the Gazelle is to ply between Kingston and Gananoque, making daily trips, which will be a great accommodation both to the people of the city and Gananoque. The Watertown on her trial trip steamed very well. The engines were run under the charge of Messrs. Davidson & Doran, of the Kingston Foundry, the makers, and the boat was under the command of Captain Hinckley. She started from the Foundry wharf with a company on board made up of the Mayor and members of the Corporation, and the other guests invited by Mr. Alderman Kinghorn, and after touching at Kinghorn's wharf left for Cape Vincent at three in the afternoon. The Pierrepont sailed out at the same time, and owing to some difficulty in starting the engines of the Watertown gained the advance, which she kept up to off Garden Island. When off Garden Island the two steamers were abreast, and there was an opportunity for a trial of speed on the run to Wolfe Island. The Watertown had been using fifteen or twenty pounds of steam, the Pierrepont her full capacity. For a while the two boats kept even, but the steam on the Watertown was soon put up to full pressure, and with fifty-five pounds indicated by the gauge she walked away from the Pierrepont, although the engine of the latter was urged to the utmost. Reaching the mouth of the canal, the captain determined to change his course and drop down the St. Lawrence. Indeed the contest with the Pierrepont, although strikingly triumphant, was an imprudent affair, for the bearings and brasses of the new machinery began to heat, and it was necessary to put her under easy speed and throw cold water on the shaft bearings. When down the river the valves of the cold water pumps got damaged, and necessitated a stoppage, but being put to rights, the engine was again started and returned to Kingston. While under the double slow speed the steam got down so low that the gauge indicated zero, yet the engine worked with the expansion and vacuum, and so gave token of becoming an excellent machine when the working parts are made smooth with a little wear. The civic party on board were treated by Alderman Kinghorn to a cold collation, with wines, etc., in the cabin, where toasts were drunk and festive enjoyment prevailed. Of the particulars of these doings, however, we have no report.

-The Oswego Advertiser says: - The tug Hector, owned by the North-western Insurance Company of this city, has been purchased for Government service on the lake, and will at once be fitted up for her new sphere of action.

Launch at Portsmouth - One of the ships (1000 tons), building at Portsmouth, and intended for the Ocean trade, will be launched tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, from Mr. E. Berry's shipyard.

p.3 Arrivals - 6th - Str Ontario, Ogdensburgh, D Mason, 1 lot h h goods.

Str Osprey, Montreal, Thomas Hendry & Co, 148 hf chests tea; G Robertson & Son, 5 bbls prunes, 2 cases fruit, 10 bales almonds, 4 cases cassia, 1 case sage, 15 bgs pepper, 2 bgs seeds, 1 case nutmegs; S Muckleston & Co, 1 cask hinges, 3 bdls wire, 1 bag hammers, 1 bale twine.

Str Colonist, Montreal, E Berry & Co, 2247 bars, 44 bdls iron.

Str Banshee, Montreal, W Ferguson & Co, 1 bale, 2 cases British goods.

Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo)

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 7, 1864