The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 31, 1873

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p.1 Shipbuilding - The vast improvement in the grain trade during the past few years has infused a fresh impetus into shipbuilding operations, - a stimulus that was necessary in order to supply the increasing demand in the facilities of forwarding by sailing craft. All who interest themselves in marine matters know the great importance to which our shipping has attained, and is still gaining by the numerous additions of new vessels, propellers, etc., of which cheering information reaches us from various parts of the province. There are many matters in connection with shipbuilding in the neighbourhood of Kingston, but these we will detail in due time. As an illustration, however, of its progress in the west, we extract the following from the Bay City Journal: Messrs. Ballantine & Co. have on the stocks two large vessels designed for the iron ore trade. The smaller of those is a double-decked propeller barge, 215 feet long, with 38 feet beam, and proportionate depth of hold. She is nearly ready for the machinery, which will consist of two large low pressure engines, driving one shaft. The boilers are being made at Detroit, and the other machinery at Buffalo. The cost of the propeller will be fully $100,000. The larger vessel is well under way, but not so far advanced. She is to be a full-rigged four-masted schooner, 244 feet in length, with 40 feet beam and 16 1/2 feet hold, and will have a carrying capacity of 75,000 bushels of corn. She will be one of the largest schooners that ever sailed the lakes. The cost of the schooner is estimated at $90,000.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 31, 1873