The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1871

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p.2 Shipping News - At the M.T. Company's wharf the following have arrived since our last report:- The Three Friends, from Port Dalhousie, with 5,724 bushels wheat; the Sybillis, from Port Dalhousie, with 9,857 bushels wheat; the Enterprise, from the same port, with 18,472 bushels wheat; the Trade Wind, from Cleveland, with 9,676 bushels wheat; the Willie Keller, from Chicago, with 16,473 bushels wheat, and the Garibaldi, with 12,501 bushels, from Toledo. The Polly Rogers will clear this evening with 400 tons pig iron for Buffalo.

The Alpha, Annie Mulvey, Orkney Lass, Rutherford and J.C. McGrath, grain laden from up lake, have arrived at Kinghorn's wharf.

At J.H. Henderson & Co's wharf the Hattie Howard arrived last night from Milwaukee, with 14,800 bushels wheat. The propeller East lightened 4,000 bushels wheat and proceeded downwards.

At Swift's wharf the propeller Dominion passed up yesterday evening, and the Corsican and America down this morning. The propeller Dalhousie touched yesterday and discharged 2,920 bushels of wheat and 130 barrels flour, and proceeded downwards this morning.

The Launch - Mr. Charles Gildersleeve's new steamer was successfully launched Wednesday afternoon. The time announced for the ceremony was four o'clock, and by that hour a large number of persons had assembled near the vessel at the foot of Union street, on Henderson's wharf and on the neighbouring barges and vessels. A delay of over an hour was occasioned by some barges which lay in the water right in the course of the launch, which were not removed until half-past five o'clock, by which time a number of persons had become tired of waiting and had gone away. At five o'clock Mrs. Gildersleeve and her daughter Maud, after whom the steamer is named, a pretty bright blond of eight years, whose long loose tresses realized Tennyson's Maud -

"with sunny hair,"

and whose juvenile beauties were heightened with a pure white dress, trimmed with blue, arrived in company with several ladies and personal friends. A temporary accommodation ladder had been arranged on the starboard side of the vessel, which was removed as soon as the party were on board. Miss Gildersleeve immediately on going on board took her position at the bow of the boat and grasped the gaily ribboned bottle, with which the baptismal ceremony was to be consummated. She was supported by her father and Mrs. Gildersleeve, and the other ladies stood near. Just at that moment, a few minutes before the bottle was broken and the vessel had glided gracefully into the water, the scene was very pretty, and, as it always is upon such occasions, there was just enough of anxiety and excitement to make the affair interesting. At length all was ready and -

"Loud and sudden there was heard,

All around them and below,

The sound of hammers, blow on blow,

Knocking away the shores and spurs.

And see! she stirs!

She starts - she moves - she seems to feel

The thrill of life along her keel,

And, spurning with her foot the ground,

With one exulting, joyous bound,

She leaps into Ontario's arms!

And, lo! from the assembled crowd

There rose a shout, prolonged and loud."

And thus amid the plaudits of the crowd the new vessel left her cradle, and as the officiating sprite manfully dashed the bottle against her bows, the newly christened craft slowly and steadily, "like a thing of life," sought the waters of the lake upon whose bosom, it is to be hoped, her future career may be long and prosperous. We have previously given the dimensions of the Maud, and it only remains to add that now, upon the water, her appearance is universally pronounced that of a very pretty little steamer. We understand that she is intended to run between Picton and Belleville, and will be commanded by Captain W. Swales, who has superintended the whole of her iron work during the course of construction.

Port Colborne, Aug. 16th - The schooner Atmosphere, just arrived, reports having a boy killed on Lake Michigan by the fore boom falling on him. The boy's name was Daniel Mahoney, aged about sixteen years, and resided in Kingston. The captain came to at Sheboygan, and had an inquest held and the body buried thered.

p.3 Tenders called for dredging a channel through the shoal, known as the Middle Ground at the entrance of Presque Isle harbour. Dep't of Public Works

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1871