The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 25, 1868

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For some weeks past the "busy note of preparation" for the Summer navigation campaign has been heard in many parts of the harbour. The work is now becoming more general, and boats of every class are being rapidly fitted out; wharves extended, and other necessary work performed, to get vessels ready and make provision to receive others when the Lake and River are fairly open. Beginning at the upper part of the harbour it will be found that, for their own and general convenience the Water Works Company have added about forty feet to their wharf, which will greatly facilitate shipment and trans-shipment in this particular quarter.

Doran's New Wharf

Mr. Doran, of the firm of Davidson and Doran, having purchased the Cameron property which adjoins the Kingston Foundry, has, amongst other much needed improvements, extended the old wharf a hundred and eighty feet into the harbour, making it two hundred and fifty feet long. The wharf is intended for general purposes, and will be found of great use to that part of the harbour. It will also be useful as a breakwater.

Kingston Foundry

Davidson and Doran, who always assist to a greater or less extent in fitting out the various steamers preparatory to the opening of navigation, have been attending to the several boats of the Royal Mail Line, the steamers Bay of Quinte, Watertown, Pierrepont, Gazelle and Huron; the tug Swan, and propellers St. Lawrence, Brantford and Georgian. They are also completing a new grist mill for three run of stones, for one of the mills of Mr. Vanluven, of Battersea.

James H. Henderson and Co.

The various boats belonging to this company, which include a large fleet of barges, and the propellers Brantford and Georgian, are all receiving their regular spring outfit. The barges are being thoroughly overhauled, and a good deal of extra work is being done on them, as well as on their floating elevator.

Marine Railway

At the Marine Railway Captain Gaskin's barque has been on the ways all winter; having been changed from clipper to full bow, which will add something to her length of keel. She is also receiving a general overhauling. The new schooner which has been on the ways for some time is also being proceeded with. The railway itself has also been greatly strengthened and put in a more complete state than ever. A new and much larger and stronger carriage has been provided, new timbers have been laid down in the water for ground ways, and when these are completed, the largest vessel on the Lakes can be drawn up without risk.

Jacques and Tracey's Line

The boats laid up here belonging to this firm, the title of which has been broken up by the death of one of the partners, are the propellers St. Lawrence and Avon, and steamer Huron. The St. Lawrence is the only one which is being fitted up, nothing decisive having been decided on as yet in regard to the others. Heretofore this firm have given a good deal of work to mechanics in the city in making their spring outfit.

Mr. Gildersleeve's Boats

The steamer Bay of Quinte is receiving a general overhauling, including engine and boilers. New main decks have been laid down, and the main saloon is greatly enlarged. This vessel will be commanded this year by Mr. Frank Comer, who has filled the office of purser for the past two seasons. The Corinthian, which plied between Port Hope and Rochester having been sold to the Canadian Navigation Company, a new steamer, the Norseman, is being built in Montreal for that route by Mr. Gildersleeve. She will be ready by 1st May, and is to be placed under the command of Captain Carter, who has given every satisfaction as successor to Captain Carroll on the steamer Bay of Quinte.

Canadian Navigation Company

The Royal Mail Through Line, in connection with this Company will be composed of the steamers Spartan, Grecian, Corinthian, Magnet, Kingston and Passport; with the Champion and Banshee as a reserve. The steamers Grecian, Captain Kelly; Kingston, Captain P. Farrell; and Magnet, Captain J. Simpson, are laid up here, and have been undergoing a general outfitting, repairing and overhauling for the past two months; the rigging has been overhauled and reset. The steamers Spartan, Captain Howard; Corinthian, Captain Dunlop; and Passport, Captain Sinclair, were laid up at Montreal, and are also being prepared for the Summer work. The above steamers, commanded by the gentlemen named, will form a daily line between Montreal and Hamilton.

The Company having also purchased the steamers of the American Line, are in possession of the route between Lewiston and Ogdensburgh, on which route the steamers Ontario and Bay State will be placed. At Ogdensburgh they will connect with the steamers Banshee and Champion for Montreal.

The Saguenay route will also be under the same management, and on which will ply the steamers Union and Cataract, with the steamer Lady Elgin as a spare boat.

The Honorable John Hamilton will continue to be the manager at this port, with Mr. C.H. Hatch as agent.

The St. Lawrence wharf, at which these steamers will land, has been greatly strengthened, new beams placed along the upper side, nearly the entire length, the corners substantially strengthened and rebuilt, and nearly all the wharf replanked.

Steamer Bruce

The steamer Bruce, lying at this wharf, and which plies between Clayton and Gananoque, and this city, is having several improvements made, including the enlargement of her cylinder, which is expected to add greatly to her speed.

Mr. Kinghorn's Boats

The wharf recently rebuilt by Mr. Kinghorn at the foot of Brock Street, on the old Scobell property, and which now measures 150 feet in length by 36 feet in breadth, will be used by Mr. Kinghorn and Company as the future stopping, shipping and landing place of their ferry steamers Watertown, Pierrepont and Gazelle, which are undergoing the usual spring outfit. A good deal of extra work has been done on the Watertown; she will soon be ready to demolish the ice and resume her trips to Cape Vincent, on the slightest possibility presenting itself of making an opening - opening the navigation of this harbour, in fact, as she invariably does, clearing the way for the arrival and departures of other steamers.

A New Firm

A new and strong forwarding company has been formed, the head office of which will be in Montreal, with a branch in Kingston. The members of the firm will consist of Messrs. John McLennan, H. McLennan, J.B. Auger, and M. Laing, of Montreal; and George Chaffey and G.M. Kinghorn, of Kingston. The floating stock will consist of between twenty and thirty grain-carrying barges, and a line of propellers to run between Montreal and Chicago. The number of steam vessels which the company will employ, and their names, is not yet decided on, but the intention is to make the company the strongest Canadian company ever got together for the transaction of business on this important route. Mr. Kinghorn will have charge of the Kingston branch.

Independently of their connection with the above company, Messrs. George and W. Chaffey will conduct a general business of their own, apart from the forwarding branch at the present Chaffey place of business, foot of Princess street.

The general freight business of the Rideau Canal, formerly conducted by Geo. Chaffey & Bros., has been taken charge of by Messrs. Gurney and Glidden, whose office will be at the Atlantic Wharf.

The owner of the wharf, Mr. James Harty, is having it entirely re-planked with new heavy planking stuff, which will make it the best, as it is the most capacious, wharf in the city.

The sailing craft generally are being fitted out, or about being proceeded with, to enable them to do duty on the lakes during the coming summer.

p.3 Detroit, March 24th - The steamer Reindeer arrived at Port Huron last night. Navigation is now open from Lake Huron to Cleveland.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 25, 1868