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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1873

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In Saturday's issue we gave a short account of the shipbuilding at Clayton and other places on the St. Lawrence, and our St. Catharines correspondent, (T.W.H.) gave an interesting sketch of the operations along the Welland Canal. Since then we have gathered additional particulars.

At Garden Island, Messrs. Calvin and Breck are building a vessel, full size of the canal, of 20,000 bushel capacity, and costing $27,000. They are also building a new steamer for the tug line. Her value cannot at present be estimated.

Messrs. Fraser and George are constructing a vessel at Milhaven, the capacity of which will be 17,000 bushels of wheat. Cost $20,000.

Mr. Downey, of Napanee, is finishing a vessel capable of carrying 6,500 bushels of grain. She will cost $7,000.

A new vessel, 13,000 capacity, is well advanced on the stocks at Roblin's Mills, Bay of Quinte, for Messrs. Wilson and Collier. Cost $15,000. The timber is now being prepared for another vessel of similiar dimensions for the same parties.

At Picton, Mr. Redman (sic - Redmond ?) is completing the schooner Flora Emma, launched last fall. Her capacity is 9,000 bushels. Cost $10,000. Mr. Redman is likewise building a vessel, capacity 15,000 bushels of wheat, at South Bay, which will be ready for launching at the opening of navigation. It is valued at $17,000.

Messrs. Rathbun, of Mill Point, are building a vessel of 13,000 bushels capacity. Cost $14,000.

Messrs. Oldrieve, Hurst & Co., of this city, are building a schooner of 12,000 bushels capacity near Battersea. She will cost $13,000 and will be finished by the first day of May.

Mr. Harris, of Battersea, is rebuilding the sloop Vision.

At Cobourg, the schooner Hannah Boulter (sic - Butler ?) is being rebuilt, and will be ready for the opening of navigation.

The schooner North Star and tug Annie Reed have been rebuilt at Port Hope, and the schooner Eureka (Messrs. Jakeman & Williams) at Oakville.

The steamer Norseman (Capt. Crawford) made her first trip from Port Hope to Charlotte today.

Port Dover Clear of Ice - At Port Dover the harbour is reported clear of ice. Not a particle is to be seen as far as the eye can reach. Shippers and mariners are making preparations for an early business.

Grand Haven, Mich., March 24th - The river is clear of ice, and it is breaking off here, with a strong east wind.

Green Bay, Wis., March 24th - Captains here say that the prospect is that navigation will open about the 15th of April. The ice is not yet out of the river.

Muskegon, Mich., March 20th - Notwithstanding the heavy rains the ice on the Muskegon Lake is two feet and eleven inches thick.

Prospects of Navigation - The Buffalo Advertiser of the 26th says: There are numerous predictions of a late opening, and it must be acknowledged that the indications at present point that way. At Duluth yesterday the thermometer marked nine degrees below zero, and at Escana - the nearest point to Mackinac - six degrees below. The high wind of yesterday and the heavy sea that rolled, must have had some effect on the ice on the east shore of this lake.

Milwaukee, March 25th - Grain freights are firm and higher, with carriers asking 14 cents for wheat to Buffalo, 20 cents to Oswego, and 21 cents to Kingston. Shippers hold off.

Chicago, March 25th - The market for grain freights yesterday was firm and 1 cent higher, the demand being urgent. A calculation on the tonnage remaining unchartered in Chicago at the present time gives a total corn capacity of 900,000 bush., the number of vessels being about forty. Grain in store at the present time aggregates nearly 11,000,000 bush. At the close of 'Change 15 1/2 cents was bid for corn to Buffalo.

Transfer - The schooner Sweet Home has been purchased by Captain Taylor of this city. She is being fitted out at Darlington, and will be commanded by Mr. J.R. Taylor, who has had considerable experience.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1873