The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1869

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p.2 Shipping News - The steamer Watertown continues to leave daily for Cape Vincent and the Pierrepont for Wolfe Island. The latter will make her first trip of the season to Gananoque tomorrow afternoon, leaving at 4 o'clock. The barque Monarch being disappointed of her cargo of coal at Cape Vincent, has proceeded to Portsmouth to take in stone for Saginaw. The propeller Brantford having completed her repairs at the shipyard was launched yesterday afternoon. The water in the harbour is unusually high.

Operations at Garden Island - The ship yard of Messrs. Calvin & Breck has commenced business, and the business of the season is being pushed forward as rapidly as possible. A large new barge of 20,000 bushels capacity is just about to be launched, and her place will be taken by the keel of a large schooner which is just ready to be laid. It is intended that the capacity of this schooner shall be 17,000 cubic feet of oak timber, which is equal to 20,000 bush grain capacity. Preparations are being made to haul out the barque London for the purpose of being rebuilt. The government tug line of steamers are ready for service so soon as the ice leaves, as well as the tug boats for the lake raft towing. Yesterday eighty French Canadian raftsmen arrived at the Island, ready to commence work. These men report that yesterday the ice on Lake St. Francis was strong enough to sustain the weight of a span of horses.


The steamer Watertown made her first passage to Cape Vincent on Monday last, having accomplished the trip to Wolfe Island on the Saturday previous, and with her movements the navigation of the season may be said to have commenced, and the whole shipping interests to have started into life. The prevailing wind of Saturday night and the Sunday following drove the broken and honeycombed ice to the Wolfe Island shore, whence some of it has been hurried down the St. Lawrence or broken by the heavy south wind of Tuesday into pieces so small that a very short time was sufficient to dissolve them once again into their normal condition. Today (Wednesday) only small patches of ice are visible, and already several vessels have taken the opportunity to proceed at once upon their several voyages. In Ontario street and all along the wharves all is bustle and activity, and the staple of conversation among business men now is the prospect of freights, the grain and lumber markets, and the general aspect of money matters. The man of business has thrown off his lethargy, and no longer yawns idly in his easy office chair, or cons over the latest news, but has risen from his langour, and shaking himself as a strong man to run a race, throws trivial matters and idle gossip to the winds, and once more plainly shows that he "means business and no mistake." Taking a view of the business prospect at the various wharves, and the improvements made since our last report, we commence at


The business of boat building has been carried on by Mr. O'Gorman during the past winter with his usual zeal and activity, and his present stock of splendid boats, from the narrow racing wherry to the full rigged pleasure yacht, fully shows his enterprise and skill. Mr. O'Gorman has received orders for pleasure boats from Quebec and from Detroit, and his business engagements will oblige him to keep in full employment at least ten workmen during the summer. The average number of boats turned out by his establishment is about sixty, and the whole buildings are very conveniently adapted to their purpose, and several improvements have been added during the past year.


A pleasant hour can be very profitably spent in going through the various systematic and well conducted workshops of this establishment, where about fifty men are daily employed, and a pleasant sight it is to note the cheery and assiduous manner with which they apply themselves to their several jobs, and with what unerring nicety amid the clang of hammers, and, to the visitor, bewildering confusion, every portion of its various branches are carried out. These men are principally employed upon steamboat machinery preparatory to their commencement of the spring trade. The satisfactory manner and promptness with which Messrs. Davidson and Doran perform steamboat jobbing secures to them a large share of that kind of work, while they are also famous for manufacturing steam engines, boilers and mill work of all kinds and of the best descriptions. We believe their fame is to be attributed to the fact that both members of the firm are practical men, and employing none but experienced machinists, with the very best of material for their work. Kingston may well feel proud of her establishments of this class, which should be encouraged and fostered upon the occurrence of every opportunity.


Now owned by Mr. Doran, of the firm of Davidson & Doran, shows signs of life and improvement. Here Mr. A. McCorkill carries on pleasure boat building in all its branches. On these premises Mr. Doran has just completed a substantial new wharf extending 300 feet into the harbour, which, with the adjoining foundry wharf, forms a safe and commodious basin for vessels having occasion to repair at the foundry, and the wharf itself will, no doubt, be profitably used ere long by some one in the mercantile business.


A fine and substantial wharf at the foot of Union street has just been completed by Messrs. J. Carruthers and Co., at a cost of between two and three thousand dollars, and a convenient building erected upon it furnishes the necessary office accommodations. The wharf and office have been leased to Messrs. Henderson and Co., forwarding merchants, and furnishes all the requisites for the business, and is certainly a great improvement upon the premises formerly occupied by them near by.


The business in the ship yard belonging to the firm of J. Carruthers and Co. has not been suffered to remain idle during the past winter, and at present it furnishes employment to about forty-five hands. Three new barges have been built in the yard during the winter for Messrs. Chaffey Brothers, one of which is a steam barge, and of the description so much lauded for their superior qualities as grain carriers. The propellers Bruno and Brantford have been on the ways during the winter for repairs, the last of which was launched on Tuesday. An elevator has also been on the ways for repairs. The yard at present affords a pleasant scene of activity and industry, and the sound of maul and caulking hammer speaks pleasantly of prosperity and commerce.


This company's premises occupy the portion of Ontario street between Earl and Gore streets, and is bounded on the rear by the water, and a large portion of the business of the company is composed of steamboat engines and machinery work, although at present the 115 hands in the employment are engaged principally upon a contract of freight cars for the Boston car company...


This commodious wharf will be principally devoted this season to the entire business operations of its owners, Messrs. J. Carruthers & Co., but we are informed that the steamers employed in the Bay of Quinte trade will arrive and depart from this wharf. The steamer Bay of Quinte lies at this wharf, and the schooner Flying Scud has undergone complete repairs here, and now lies here preparatory to an early departure.


The schooners Bahama and Thermutis, wintered at this wharf, which affords the usual capital facilities for the shipment or unloading of freight, connecting the Grand Trunk Railway with the Lakes at Kingston.


Since this wharf came into the possession of Mr. Swift, improvements have been from time to time added to it, and to the warehouses connected with it, until its arrangements are as complete as could be desired. The adjoining wharf has been leased by Mr. Swift for the purpose of a coal depot, to which it will be entirely devoted. During the past winter the offices of the firm have undergone some changes for the better, and are now very convenient. Messrs. Swift & Co. are also interested in the grain business. A portion of this wharf is rented by the


whose Royal Mail Line of steamers arrive and depart from here. The fine steamers of this company, Grecian, Passport, and Kingston, are at present lying here, having undergone the usual painting and cleaning to fit them for the summer campaign which will commence in the early part of the ensuing month. During the past year a most convenient office has been built on the wharf in connection with this company, and the comfortably furnished apartments for passengers awaiting the arrival of its steamers in connection with it has been found to be a great boon to the travelling public.


This wharf, situated at the foot of Brock street, is fitted with every convenience for the arrival and departure of the Wolfe Island and Cape Vincent Ferry steamers. Mr. Kinghorn removed his business to the present position some two years since, and during his occupancy a great many improvements have been added, and the adjoining warehouses have been repaired and made more convenient. Mr. Kinghorn is one of the most extensive grain buyers in the city, and at present his warehouse contains the largest stock of grain in Kingston.

Mr. Kinghorn is also the agent for the Ottawa and Montreal Forwarding Company, whose office is situated here, and the steamer City of Ottawa arrives at, and departs from, this wharf. The steamers employed in the ferry trade are the Watertown, Pierrepont and the Gazelle; the two first will run during the first part of the season.


A new wharf has been built and is just completed by Mr. Richardson, between the wharves of Mr. Kinghorn and the G.T. Company, which has been leased to the firm of Gurney & Glidden, who also occupy a portion of the large sheet-iron covered building on the wharf. The remaining portion of the building is used by Mr. Richardson. The office of Messrs. Gurney & Glidden is situated in the same building, and the business of the firm is principally connected with lumber, shingle wood, hop poles, etc.


The wharf occupied by this Company is situated at the foot of Princess street, and has been leased by it from the executors of the estate of the late James Harty for a period of three years, and it has been very completely repaired; a large portion of new flooring has been laid down on the part of the wharf which needed such, and new floor and floor timbers have been laid down in the warehouse, new posts have been supplied for the upper portion of the same building, and the roof has been also thoroughly repaired. A new shed has also been added to their accommodations. The elevator Hope, belonging to the Company, has been so completely repaired as to now rank as a new boat. The carrying capacity of the Company has been increased 40,000 bushels, making its total capacity 350,000 bushels. In addition the propellers East and Bruno, will still continue to run between Kingston and Chicago, and will as heretofore be commanded, the first by Captain Hayes, and the latter by Captain Gaskin. The tug line of the Company, under the charge of Captain Murray, will continue to handle the barges between here and Montreal as usual, and the whole of these vessels are nearly ready for service. The Company is represented by Mr. G.M. Kinghorn, who is also a large stockholder.


The business of this firm is transacted at the above wharf. In addition to its other business it has a steam tug and two scows engaged in the business of the Rideau Canal.


The firm of Glassford, Jones & Co., has already commenced spring business, and operations in the forwarding line are receiving every attention. The elevator Samson has been rebuilt at Portsmouth, and the barges of the Company have been completely and efficiently overhauled and repaired. We understand that a new tug has been built by the firm for the use of the barges.

p.3 Kingston and Gananoque Route - the steamer Pierrepont, C. Hinckley, Junior, master, with schedule. 21st April.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1869