p.2 Boatbuilding - For beauty of model and superiority of workmanship we have rarely, if ever, seen a better or more valuable collection of small skiffs and row-boats than are at present exhibited in the finishing shop of Mr. Henry Cunningham, the lessee of the property formerly occupied by Mr. M. O'Gorman. Careful attention to the wishes of his patrons and the employment of his well-known skill to the best advantage in every instance. Mr. Cunningham's energies have been rewarded by an influx of orders, not only locally, but from distant parts of the Province, the number of which he finds it difficult to fill. Our local was kindly shown through his premises, and inspected the various stages of boatbuilding and the objects which met his observation were striking evidence of Mr. Cunningham's enterprise and thrift. It is only a little over a year since he embarked in this business, and the success that has marked his labours has been of the most gratifying character. He has built some excellent craft for Amherstburg, Toronto, Ottawa, etc., which has so pleased the owners, and been the theme of so much general admiration, that he has received instructions for several more for the same places. One sailboat, now almost completed, for Toronto, is stated by gentlemen, well versed in nautical matters, to be one of the best in the Dominion. We are thus proud of Kingston's distinction, and earnestly trust that Mr. Cunningham may long continue to win favour and popularity, and produce such work as will still command the praise so worthily due him.
T imber - Some very long and heavy timber is being drawn to the city from the back country for the Marine Railway for boatbuilding. Generally it is brought very long distances, and on bad roads and is very difficult to handle. Two sticks left for Clayton today as masts for the schooner Brooklyn.
p.3 Canadian Navigation Company - The annual meeting of the Inland Navigation Co. was held on Thursday. The report of the past year's business was nearly up to that of former years. The low water during a long period of the season forced the company to stop running the rapids, and the very extraordinary weather experienced on the lakes in the latter part of September, October and November, weakened the passenger traffic and compelled the carrying of much lighter cargoes of merchandise. The freights of the year enabled the directors to declare a dividend of 8 per cent, and to carry $11,743 to the reserve account. The Union had been sold to the St. Lawrence Tow Boat Company for $60,000. The Champion, after relieving her of her furniture and fittings, was sold for $8,000, and for the loss sustained by the burning of the Kingston they had received $32,000, making in all nearly $100,000. A new boat is being built for river service at a cost of $60,000, and the Kingston is being rebuilt at an expense of $60,000. The following were named directors: - Sir Hugh Allan, President; Messrs. C.F. Gildersleeve, Kingston, Vice President; E. Browne, Hamilton; Robert Anderson, Andrew Allan, W.H. Gault and W.F. Kay. Messrs. Thos. Caverhill and John Watson were re-appointed auditors.