The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1865

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p.2 Launch at Portsmouth - A great many people were taken by surprise by the fact that a launch of one of Mr. Berry's new vessels was to take place at Portsmouth yesterday afternoon. It was not known for certain in the morning that there would be a launch, but it was at length decided that it should take place between three and four o'clock. Shortly before four nearly a thousand people had assembled, and the shipyard at once assumed a gay and cheerful appearance, and at a few minutes after four the Narborough glided beautifully from the ways. A more complete triumph in the way of a launch could not possibly happen; the fine vessel, of a very handsome model, taking to the water so kindly that a genuine on-looking tar could not but auger any amount of nautical success for the new candidate from so favorable an omen. The vessel was not rigged, the only uprights visible on board being fore and aft, where two symbols of our British nationality fluttered in the breeze - an ensign and a union jack. There was no further attempt at display. As the vessel began to move, Miss Dobbs performed the usual baptismal ceremony, naming her the Narborough of Montreal. The steamer Pierrepont was waiting to tow the vessel back to the Portsmouth shore, but owing to her grounding in her attempts to grapple with the leviathan, and the prevailing high wind, the Narborough had to be left at the other side of the bay at the Penitentiary dock, to which she was moored with some difficulty. The Narborough is 1,100 tons burthen, 184 feet over all, 35 feet 10 inches breadth of beam, and 22 feet 6 inches depth of hold, and is to be full ship rigged with wire-rigging. She will be fully rigged and prepared here for her voyage. Another vessel will be laid down on the spot occupied by the Narborough. This is another plume in the Portsmouth cap, the Narborough being the third sea-going vessel built and launched here. Mr. Berry has been particularly fortunate, too, in the launching of all his vessels from the Portsmouth ways, and it is to be hoped that the same measure of success awaits the remaining vessels on the stocks, which will during the summer follow the Narborough seaward.

A-1 - The expression A-1, applied popularly to everything of the first quality, is copied from the symbols of the British and Foreign shipping list of the Lloyds. A designates the character of the hull of the vessel; the figure 1, the efficient state of her anchors, cables and stores; when these are insufficient in quantity or in quality, the figure 2 is used. The character A is assigned to a new ship for a certain number of years, varying from four to twelve, according to the material and mode of building, but on condition of the vessel being statedly surveyed, to see that the efficiency is maintained. When a vessel has passed the age for a character A, but is still found fit for conveying perishable goods to all parts of the world, it is registered AEsterisk in red. Ships AE in black form the third class, and consist of such as are still found, on survey, to carry perishable goods on shorter voyages. Classes E and 1 comprise ships sufficient to convey goods not liable to sea damage; the one class for voyages of any length, the other for shorter voyages.


The Rochester Union complains that the officials at the port of Genessee are pursuing a hurtful course towards the trade of Rochester. It says:-

The steamer Rochester, a Canadian craft, has made three round trips from the north shore to our port, coming each time laden to her fullest capacity, with just what we want, viz: strong hardy men to go into our armies, fields and workshops, merchants and tradesmen, horses, cattle, swine and products of the Province, that our people require, and what is better still, gold and silver to spend among us - to purchase goods to be taken away to Canada. But what kind of a reception do the people meet as they come to the dock? As a citizen we blush with shame and indignation as we answer. They are met with demands for money, as unjustifiable upon principles of equity as those made by the highwaymen. The Federal officer demands first a dollar for the privilege of landing a trunk, kit of tools or whatever personal effects the traveller may have. Next comes up the agent of the Monroe County Poor authorities, who demands a dollar, head money, for each and every man, woman and child who lands, holding all such to be emigrants. Thus it is that a merchant or other man doing business in a port across the Lake, who comes here to buy goods and intends to return by the next boat, is regarded as an emigrant, and made to pay tribute to that fund.

Now, the unfairness of this proceeding, both as relates to the federal and local authorities, is made apparent by the fact that no such exaction is made at other lake ports, nor is it done at Suspension Bridge, where Canadians come in by rail. All the exaction and all the discrimination is made against our port and our city.

One of two things is certain, that either the Federal and Poor officials at other ports are grossly delinquent in duty, or those at our port are doing a great wrong in respect to these matters.

And there are other causes of complaint. If the Canadian, who is compelled to pay his dollar this way and that before he can land from the steamer, has no other than silver or Canadian money, he gets no premium. We are just uncharitable enough to believe that the same currency or its equivalent does not go into the public treasury. Here is a motive for a vigorous enforcement of the regulations. The Canadians are taken unawares and are compelled to pay in the only currency they have, and the premium to the officers is large.

p.3 Imports - 5.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1865