The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1865

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p.2 Launch of the Kingston - The Kingston of Montreal (actual name is Knighton -ed) was launched yesterday afternoon from the ways of Mr. Edward Berry's ship-yard at Portsmouth. The vessel was to have been committed to her new element on Wednesday, but the launch was postponed for a day, all things not being fully ready for the event. The hour fixed for the launch was four o'clock, and punctual to the moment the vessel glided off the ways, easily and majestically, not the slightest difficulty occurring to impede her successful exit from the one element and her immediate entrance upon another. As the huge hull began to move the christening ceremony was performed, Miss Allen, daughter of the Rev. J.A. Allan, being entrusted with the rite. The launch was a very handsome one, the vessel gliding off the ways easily and gracefully, but more slowly than did the Narborough. Like that vessel, the Kingston was not rigged; her three masts had been put in, and the only display of bunting was an ensign and a union jack flying fore and aft. The anchors were dropped when the vessel had got nearly half across the bay, and she was brought back again to the Portsmouth side without the slightest difficulty. The Kingston looks and sits admirably well in the water. She is 1100 tons register, is to be full ship-rigged, with wire rigging, and is about the same size as the Narborough, with full figure head - 184 feet over all, 35 feet 10 inches breadth of beam, and 22 feet 6 inches depth of hold. The day was most unfavorable, and prevented a large attendance, rain having set in in the early part of the morning, which continued to fall, very regularly if not copiously, for the remainder of the day. Had the weather been similar to that of Wednesday the number of the lookers-on would have been larger. This is the fourth sea-going vessel which has been launched at Portsmouth, and it is gratifying to be again able to note the great success which seems to await the various vessels built at this shipyard, as one by one they are committed to the element in which they are in future destined to move.

Steamers To Leave - The steamer Grecian will leave this port as advertised tomorrow (Saturday) evening at six o'clock, for Toronto, Hamilton and intermediate ports, to be followed by the Passport on Monday, and the Magnet on Tuesday evening at the same hour.

p.3 Imports - 20,21; Exports - 21.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1865