The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1866

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p.2 Portsmouth and its Shipyard - The village of Portsmouth is still looking up. Some half dozen houses have been added to it during the past year, and its very handsome town hall, which would do credit to a much larger place, has been completed, and is now used for all township purposes as well as for lectures, bazaars, and public meetings, and is found to answer these purposes admirably. A good deal of stir is still kept up at the Shipyard of Mr. E. Berry, where there are three vessels on the stocks, two of twelve hundred tons each, and one of about six hundred tons. The latter is modelled differently from the other vessels built and now on the stocks at this yard, by Mr. Desnoyer, the new foreman. One of the larger vessels is so far on the way towards completion that she will be ready to be launched early in June, the other to follow as soon afterwards as it is possible to prepare her for that important ceremony. These vessels are all made with the same regard to strength and durability as those already launched, and will when completed be a very handsome addition to the Canadian Portsmouth fleet, which has made the place so noted. Three barges are also undergoing repairs at this yard, new decking and caulking chiefly; with the building of the ships and these repairs, between seventy and eighty men find regular employment there at present, and keep the village in a state of excitement as profitable as it is pleasant. The work on these vessels has been greatly retarded owing to the want of good sleighing, which prevented lumber from being brought in in sufficient quantities to ensure greater despatch. Instead of being ready early in June, the vessel nearest completion would have been launched a month earlier at least. Timber has now to be drawn by Mr. Berry's own teams from Odessa and other places, at no little extra cost, to keep the hands thoroughly employed and to prevent the work from falling in arrear. The vessels which have already been sent home from this yard are with one exception employed on preparing for sea voyages. The Quorn is fitting out in Liverpool; one has just made a voyage to Melbourne, returning by the Chincha Islands for a load of guano; and another is now on her voyage back from India with cotton. Although the business is not so great as it was during the few past years, still there is sufficient being done to warrant the hope that the present is a mere lull, and that the time will again come when a busier and much noisier note of preparation will be heard in preparing another fleet of sea-going vessels, to follow in the wake of those which have been so successfully built and launched from the shipyard of the ambitious and thriving village of Portsmouth.

The Travel to Cape Vincent - have to use ice boats.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1866