The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1869

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p.2 Shipping News - Swift & Co's wharf - The steamer Osprey passed down on Saturday evening, and the props America, Dominion and Magnet yesterday. The prop Bristol passed up today without touching, and the Indian and Huron passed up today, taking on freight here. The new barge Kitty Freil (sic - Friel ?) and the barge Forwarder arrived today from the Rideau Canal with 150,000 feet lumber for the Oswego market. The sch Gazelle will leave for Oswego this evening with lumber. The steam barge R. Anglin arrived this morning from the Rideau Canal with 100 cords hardwood.

Shipyard - The bark Mary Jane and the tug Ellen Jeffers are at the yard for repairs.

The M.T. Company's wharf - The prop Avon arrived this morning from Cleveland with 11,500 bush wheat, and left again this afternoon for Cleveland. The M.T. Company's prop Nashua arrived at the wharf this morning, but left for Ogdensburg to unload there, the leg of the elevator here being too large for the vessel's size.

The bark Mary Jane, which grounded on the Sisters' reef some days since on her way to Prescott, has gone to the shipyard to be overhauled. The damage she received appears to be light.

The new steam barge Kitty Freil has gone to the Kingston Foundry to get in her engines.

Messrs. Calvin & Breck's steamer Hercules passed down on Friday evening with a raft for Cook Bros of Quebec, composed of twelve drams of oak, elm and walnut timber.

Steam Barges - The new steam barge Kitty Freil, now getting in her engines at the Kingston Foundry, makes the fifth of this class of vessels at present employed on the Rideau Canal, and they now constitute an important feature in the lumber and wood marine of the lakes. Some years ago the first steam barge was built by Mr. Campbell at Portsmouth, destined for the wood trade, but for some reason she does not appear to have answered her owner's expectations, and her engines and works were ultimately taken out of her, and the idea of steam barges appears to have been nearly abandoned for a time. In the year 1867 the appearance of the very fine vessel Dromedary revived the scheme of using this class of vessels, and gave an impetus to their use, and that they have fully answered the purpose intended is now shown by the steady increase of their numbers, and by the large quantity of wood and lumber brought by them weekly to our markets.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1869