The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 24, 1865

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The Sparkenhoe, Mr. Berry's new ship, was launched from the ways at Portsmouth at four o'clock yesterday afternoon. She was not so fully rigged as the Rothley was when launched, but a short time will suffice to prepare her for sea. A large number of spectators occupied the ground, every available seat in the shape of logs, lumber, etc., being occupied, while many more found standing room. The interest taken in the launch was very great, particularly when the immense hull began to move, gliding handsomely off to the booming of a small cannon, and amid loud cheers until she was fairly in the water, when she settled down upon her ways and cradle, and then motion ceased altogether. A good deal of disappointment and regret was manifested at this stage of the proceedings. Unfortunately the water has fallen to its lowest ebb, and has not been so low for a long time. To this alone must be attributed the want of complete success attending the launching of the vessel. On her way down the ways she touched a cross piece attached to one of the upright spars used to support the scaffolding, knocking it off, when it fell on the head of a late sub-contractor, now a workman in the yard, named Antoine Bussiere, a French Canadian, who stood immediately beneath it, knocking him down, and stunning him so severely that it was some minutes before he could speak or rise. After a little while, however, he was able to walk from the shipyard with assistance, and at last accounts he was doing well. This incident so attracted the attention of the majority of those present, that it was not at once generally known that the vessel had grounded. The tug William was at hand, and made several attempts to drag her off, but without success. The christening ceremony was performed by Miss Yates. The present is the sixth ship which has been launched from this shipyard since the spring of 1864 - the Aylestone, 441 tons; the Branstone, 1,011 tons; the Narborough, 1,010 tons; the Knighton, 1,048 tons; the Rothley, 1,080 tons; and the Sparkenhoe, 1,223 tons, 143 tons larger than the largest of the others of the fleet; making a total tonnage of 5,813 tons, for the fortunate little village of Portsmouth to boast and be proud of. The Sparkenhoe is a superior vessel in every respect, has great strength, is strongly iron-kneed, and copper fastened, has very excellent cabin accommodation, and has a greater amount of carved work than any of the others. Her capacity, as stated, is 1,223 tons register; length 193 feet, breadth of beam 37 1/2 feet, and depth of hold 24 feet.

-The Chicago Tribune says the bark Acorn, Captain Muir, Port Dalhousie, for that port, in ballast, foundered on Lake Michigan, about thirty miles from the Manitoulin Islands. The captain and four of the crew were lost. Two men were picked up by a propeller and taken to Milwaukie.

p.3 Imports - 23,24; Exports - 23.

Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - 23d.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 24, 1865