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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1873

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Boatbuilding is proceeding at this port very expeditiously.

Messrs. Fraser and George are constructing a steam-barge near Cataraqui Bridge. She will be in running order shortly after the opening of navigation. Messrs. McEwen and Son are making her machinery.

Messrs. D. McEwen and Son are building a little tug and pleasure boat (twenty horse power) at Anglin's saw mill.

Messrs. Allen Brothers have rebuilt the harbour tug H.M. Mixer, and the Messrs. Folger two or three vessels, of which mention will be made at a later date.

The propeller for Messrs. Patterson & Co., and barges for Messrs. Chaffey & Co., are bearing a finished appearance. They will be ready for launching when the ice disappears at the Marine Railway. The propellers Bristol and Bruno have undergone rebuilding at Portsmouth.

Captain Fairgrieve is building two propellers at Hamilton.

Vessels Destroyed By Fire On the Lakes - Since the era of mercantile navigation on the northern lakes, dating back to 1818, we have somewhat hastily gleaned from past records the number of crafts which have been either wholly lost or damaged to a great or less extent exclusively by fires. We do not claim that the record is complete, yet enough is given to show that the catalogue has been a fearful one, and the loss of life truly appalling. Of the side-wheel boats which have in service on the lakes eighty have been burned, of which sixty have been total losses, involving the loss of 1,098 lives, and a valuation of property amounting to $1,608,125. The number of propellers burned since 1845 is found to be a total of sixty-eight, of which thirty-six were total losses, the valuation of $1,400,300, with a loss of 315 lives. Forty-seven tugs were burned, twenty-two of which were total losses, the valuation of which were $141,650. They were chiefly of the smaller class. [Detroit Free Press]

Off Point Au Pelee - Capt. J.C. Brown, of Kingsville, Ontario, reports the safety of the schrs. Alice, Josephine, and Minch, that have been locked in the ice all winter off Colchester reef. Monday evening they were clear of the ice, and with a light spread of canvas were playing off and on, unable to enter port. They were about eight miles off Point au Pelee. The schr. Montcalm had gone below, having safely passed the cut.

An Immense Vessel Building - Messrs. Ballentine & Co., of Bay City, are building a sail vessel, 244 feet in length, 40 feet beam, and 1,100 tons burden. She is intended for freighting grain and iron ore. The vessel and a propeller which is having new machinery, will together be worth $200,000.

The Typo - This is the name of a $25,000 canaler launched at Milwaukee recently. She will be commanded by Capt. Wm. Callaway, the hero of the Naomi disaster.

New Barge - Messrs. A. & D.W. Rust have just laid the keel for a new double deck steam barge of a capacity of 1,200 tons, and to cost in the neighborhood of $35,000 to $40,000. It is expected that the boat will be completed and ready to launch about the 1st of September. It is intended to be run in the iron ore trade. [Saginaw Courier]

p.2 Spring Assizes - Chaffey vs Sherman et al - This was an action brought by Mr. John Chaffey to recover the amount of freight on a cargo of iron ore conveyed to plaintiff's vessel from Port Henry, N.Y., to Erie, Penn. The cause was undefended, and after proof of the plaintiff's claim, a verdict was entered for him for $1,745.12. Mr. James O'Reilly, Q.C., counsel for plaintiff.

- Fraser vs Elliot - This was an action for demurrage brought by Samuel Fraser, owner of the schooner B.W. Folger, against Mr. John Elliott, an extensive contractor residing in Toronto. It appeared that some two hundred and four tons of black staves were shipped by the defendant on the plaintiff's vessel at Cleveland, to be carried thence to Toronto, subject to freight and charges as agreed upon, the dangers of navigation only excepted. The vessel arrived in Toronto in due course, but the plaintiff, as he alleged in his declaration, was unreasonably detained by the defendant in unloading and hence his claim for demurrage. The defendant denied that the vessel was unreasonably detained, but on the contrary he alleged that he used the utmost despatch in unloading her, and that the trouble and delay was caused by the captain of the vessel and his crew. The question then to be decided, was, was there an unreasonable delay on the part of the defendant in recovering and unloading the cargo. A large number of witnesses were examined on both sides, and the case was proceeding when our reporter left the court. Mr. Britton and Mr. Machar for the plaintiff; Mr. James O'Reilly, Q.C., for the defendant.

p.3 The Marine Bill - The "Evening Board," representing the leading masters, merchants, etc., of the city, discussed the marine bills now before the House of Commons, in all its phases last evening. The objectionable clauses were duly considered, and amendments suggested thereto, which will be forwarded to Mr. G.A. Kirkpatrick, M.P., for amendment upon the bill previous to its final passage. It was at the instigation of Kingstonians that the proposed Act was drafted, but it will benefit the whole country.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1873