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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1873

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p.2 Launch of the Oliver Mowat

By invitation of Messrs. Fraser & George, a select party left Carruthers' wharf yesterday morning at 11 o'clock to be present at the launch of the new barque which has been building for this enterprising firm at Milhaven. The party found everything ready for them on board the steam barge Saxon, a late addition to the marine of the Kingston harbour. Starting sharp on time a most enjoyable sail was had up the bay, and the various points and headlands were admired as much as if they had never been seen before. Finally after a splendid trip of nearly two hours, the wharf at Millhaven was reached, and the whole party disembarked to find the wharf and every space about the shipyard filled by about one thousand people. It was evidently a gala day all round, for we found people there who must have driven at least ten miles to be present. Every body seemed determined to make the most of the day, and although it was the hottest one of this year, still we heard no complaint.

The workmen on the arrival of the Saxon, immediately began to get everything ready, and soon the steady clip of the hammers resounded quite briskly, and the studding beams and supports fell one after the other, leaving everything ready for the final slide. But it was somewhat long of coming, and various devices had to be tried to induce the good ship to glide into her native element. At last at 4:15 precisely the start was made, and on the instant Miss Helen Fraser gracefully performed her allotted duty by breaking the traditional wine bottle and naming the splendid vessel the Oliver Mowat, a graceful compliment to the Attorney-General for Ontario who was present. At the time when the vessel reached her native element, a beautiful streamer floated from her mizzen peak displaying her name, and the good ship then shot far out into the bay and rode very beautifully upon the water.

The Oliver Mowat is a finely modelled vessel of the capacity of 18,000 bushels of grain, is a three master, and a credit to her builder, Mr. Beaupre of Portsmouth. She is valued at $25,000, and yesterday an offer was made for her of very near that figure. The Saxon then sailed out, and having attached a rope, brought her after some time to the wharf, where she was secured to take on her anchor, sails, etc. The duties of the day being now over, the Saxon steamed homewards, and after landing portions of her company at Portsmouth and Garden Island, arrived at her destination at 10 o'clock, all being well pleased at the day's enjoyment provided by Messrs. Fraser & George.

Marine News

There has been no arrivals since yesterday, and the wharves present a very quiet appearance indeed.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - The strs. Passport and Abyssinian passed up, and the Osprey, Magnet, and Athenian down. The tug Rescue coaled here.

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - Prop. Ocean will lighten 4,000 bush. wheat from Chicago this afternoon and then proceed to Montreal.

Loss of the S.S. Merritt - The S.S. Merritt, belonging to Messrs. Allan, foundered in the lower St. Lawrence on Sunday last during the heavy weather. The captain and crew were picked up and brought to Gaspe by a Norwegian vessel. The Merritt was built at Brockville 8 years ago by Messrs. Chaffey, and was intended for lake navigation, having made her first trip from Chaffey's Wharf, Kingston. She was too large, however, to be profitably engaged in these waters, and so for several years has been employed in the Lower St. Lawrence and ocean trade.

New Coal House - Messrs. Swift have just completed the erection of a new coal house on Ontario Street, where they have storage for about 1,200 tons of coal.

Port Colborne, July 15th, Up: Schrs. W.H. Oades, Senator Blood, Jessie H. Breck, M.L. Breck, H.P. Murray, Atlanta, Scud, Thos. Parsons, Acontra, props. Milwaukee, Lake Ontario, Scotia; barges Lathrop, India, John Mark.

Down: Prop. Young America, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; City of New York, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schrs. P. Branch, Pt. Huron, Clayton, lumber; D. Freeman, Bay City, Kingston, staves; Dauntless, Pt. Huron, do.; Garibaldi, Bay City, Kingston, staves.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1873