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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 4, 1871

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p.2 Grain Arrivals - The following have arrived at the Montreal Transportation Company's wharf since our last report:- The Annie Falconer, from Toledo, with 12,919 bushels wheat; the Marysburgh, from Toledo, with 11,230 bushels wheat; the East, from Cleveland, with 4,018 bushels wheat; the bark Arabia, from Chicago, with 19,980 bushels corn; the British Lion, with 15,180 bushels wheat, from Toledo; the W.T. Greenwood, from Chicago, with 9,091 bushels wheat; the Millard Filmore, from Chicago, with 16,819 bushels wheat, and the Amaranth, from Chicago, with 16,123 bushels of corn.

Shipping News - At J.H. Henderson & Co's wharf the propeller Georgian last night lightened 20,000 feet of walnut lumber from Toledo, and proceeded downwards. The schooner Mariner took on board for Toronto 110 tons railway iron, at 70 cents, gold, f.o.b.

At Carruthers' wharf the schooner Gazelle is engaged in adding to her appearance by a thorough course of painting. The steamer Rochester left this morning for Stella Point, Amherst Island, with the Orangemen's picnic.

At Swift's wharf yesterday the following touched on their passage down:- The steamer Athenian, propeller America, steamer Osprey, propeller Indian and propeller Georgian, and the steamer Corinthian passed up. The propellers Brantford and Cowie passed up this morning.

At Gurney and Glidden's wharf the schooner Mariner took on board a cargo of cordwood, and left for Toronto on Saturday evening. The schooner Royal Oak arrived from Oswego on Saturday night with 260 tons of coal. The schooner Mariner is filling up her cargo with cordwood for Toronto, and will leave today.


Mr. Kinghorn's new steamboat was successfully launched on Saturday afternoon, from Messrs. Power & Son's shipyard. It was publicly known in the city that the launch would take place at two o'clock, and some time previous to that hour a large number of persons had assembled to witness a sight which has always a certain amount of excitement connected with it, and which is always a source of more or less anxiety to the owners and builders of the vessel to be launched. The vessel upon the stocks was, as befitted the importance of her position, decorated from stem to stern with flags and streamers, while to do honour to the occasion all the neighbouring vessels put on their best holiday attire. The booms and timbers in the yard, the decks of the vessels and barges near by and every spot which presented an eligible site to view the proceedings were crowded with spectators, and the spectacle altogether was one unusually gay and animated.

When it was determined to build the present vessel the composite plan was determined upon, a plan first advocated and adopted in Canada by Mr. Power, the builder of the vessel, and which consists in a union of iron frame and hull upon a wooden bottom. Mr. John Kinghorn was sent to Scotland to make arrangements for the iron work, which was ultimately given to a celebrated Glasgow firm to construct. There was no delay in the manufacture of this portion of the vessel, which was received in Kingston early in the spring and on the 24th of May the vessel's keel was laid and

"Day by day the vessel grew,

With timbers fashioned strong and true."

and with praiseworthy speed, the vessel was completed for launching on Saturday last, and

"All is finished! and at length

Has come the bridal day

Of beauty and of strength,

Today the vessel shall be launched!"

Punctually at two o'clock Mr. Power gave notice that all was ready, and Mr. Kinghorn with his daughter, Miss Dinah Kinghorn, and a number of friends went on board, and almost immediately after the vessel began to glide off her cradle, and amid the shouts and cheers of the spectators, Miss Kinghorn dashed the baptismal bottle of champagne against her stem, and as the vessel rapidly glided down the ways and boldly took the water it was known that she should bear the old Pierrepont's name -

"__ Of another form indeed;

Built for freight and yet for speed

A beautiful and gallant craft."

With the launch ended the labours of the shipwrights for the day, and they at once prepared to regale themselves with a supply of eatables and an unlimited allowance of beer; and the gusto which they displayed in their discussion of the good things provided, seemed to show that they would consider a launch each Saturday no bad termination of the week's work. Mr. G.M. Kinghorn entertained a large number of friends to lunch.

The vessel is 128 feet keel, or 130 feet over all, 32 feet beam, and 8 feet depth of hold, and now she is in the water she looks remarkably well, and is a credit to all connected with her build. The superintendence of the construction of the iron work was committed to the care of Mr. Alexander Milne, a practical engineer and a gentleman every way fitted for the work so successfully carried out. The vessel was towed to Messrs. Davidson and Doran's wharf, and she received her boiler on board, and her machinery will be put in without loss of time.

It is stated that in view of the rapid increase of the grain trade by the St. Lawrence, the Montreal Transportation Company has decided to increase its Capital Stock, and to add largely to its stock of barges, which with an additional elevator now in course of construction for use in Kingston will assure despatch, and it is presumed may remove the objection sometimes entertained by vessel owners against this route. [Montreal News]



Provincial Exhibition - 1871

A Grand Sailing and Rowing Regatta, open to all comers, will be held by the Kingston Yacht Club, on Tuesday, the 26th day of Sept. instant, at 10 o'clock A.M.

President - R.T. Walkem.

Vice-President - J.J.B. Jones.

Commodore - J. Wilson.

Stewards - Sir John A. Macdonald, K.C.B.; Hon. Alexander Campbell, George A. Kirkpatrick, M.P.; Wm. Robinson, M.P.P.; John Carruthers, Esq.; HIs Worship the Mayor, R.J. Cartwright, M.P.; Colonel Hance, U.S.C.; W.B. Simpson, Esq.; Major Straubenzie; Weir Anderson, Esq.

Committee of Management - James Swift, Capt. Allen, Capt. McGill, J.B. Walkem, Archibald McPhie, Robert Makins, H. Allen, George Chaffey, Jr., Wm. Stewart.

Sailing Committee - James McKelvey, J.B. Walkem, G.S. Oldrieve.

Measuring Committee - J.P. Gildersleeve, A.S. Kirkpatrick, Wm. Power.

Starter - Captain McGill.

The Commodore and Secretary ex-officio members of all Committees.


1st Class - Open to all Yachts ten tons and over, 1st prize $150, 2nd prize $50.

2nd Class - Open to all Yachts under ten tons, 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $50, 3rd prize $25.

3rd Class - Open to all Boats 18 1/2 feet keel and under, 1st prize $25, 2nd prize $15, 3rd prize $10.


1st - Single Scull - Open to lapstreak boats pulled from the gunwale, 1st prize $15, 2nd boat to save entrance.

2nd - Double Scull - Open to lapstreak boats pulled from the gunwale, 1st prize $15, 2nd boat to save entrance.

3rd - Yawl Race - Open to Ships' Yawls, 1st prize $10, 2nd prize $6.

4th - Tub Race - for a purse.

Duck Hunt - for a purse.

In the Sailing Races no restrictions as to canvas or ballast, and in the First Class Race time allowances half a minute per ton.

The Entrance Fees to all Races will be five per cent of the First Prize.

All Entries to be made with the Secretary by 7 o'clock the evening before the Race.

W.C. Haven,

Sec. and Treas.

The steamers Norseman and Watertown, with the Stewards and Managing Committe, will accompany the yachts around the course. Sept. 4th

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 4, 1871