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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1873

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p.1 Letter From Smith's Falls

To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir, - The schooner Acacia, launched on the 5th inst., leaves here today for Kingston. She is a beautiful vessel of about 240 tons, carpenter's measure, will class A 1, and is intended for the lake trade.

The master builder, Mr. William O'Mara, deserves praise for the model and superior workmanship of the craft.

The cabin was built by contract, by Mr. Charles Blair, and the finish on the inside testifies to his ability as a joiner.

I understand that Mr. George Oldrieve has the fit-out all ready to put on immediately on her arrival in Kingston, and that he will spare no pains to have it first class. She will be as fine a schooner of the size as runs into Kingston harbour.

She is owned by Messrs. Alfred Ayerst and George Oldrieve, of Kingston, and Mr. James O'Mara, of Lombardy. I hope this will not be the last they will build in Smith's Falls.

By publishing the above in your widely circulated paper, you will oblige, yours, etc.,

Smith's Falls, Aug. 12th, 1873 Habitant

p.2 Kingston Harbour Improvement - Mr. Kingsford, Government Engineer, arrived in the city yesterday, and has had an interview with the Mayor respecting the improvement of the harbour. He will immediately examine the harbour in order to ascertain what can be done to imrpove it. We understand the principal points to which his attention will be directed are the construction of either a solid or floating breakwater, an examination of the shoals, also the necessity for resuming the dredging commenced last season. The Cataraqui Bridge will also probably engage the attention of the engineer.

Boat Stolen - a boat belonging to Mr. John Carruthers was stolen from the wharf, and found near Nine Mile Point, drew up on beach at Simcoe Island by some fishermen.

Marine News

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - schr. Mary, Toledo, 14,871 bush. corn; barges Tweed, 377 bars rail iron and 13,000 bbls. railway chairs; Leviot, 590 bars rail iron; Powerful, light; and Minnesota, 224 tons iron.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - prop. R.W. Standly lightened 4,775 bush. wheat; the tug ? arrived with three light barges.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - The steamers Passport and Abyssinian passed up; and the Athenian and Corinthian down. The tug Elswood leaves today for the Rideau Canal, with a general cargo and barges. The Wren coaled here this morning.

Jones & Miller's wharf - Schr. Pearl, Napanee, 3,000 bush. peas; Jessie McDonald, Wellington, 5,500 bush. wheat; Elgin (sic - Eliza ?) Quinlan, Toronto, 9,000 bush. wheat; tug Wren, Montreal, 5 barges light. The Wren left here on Thursday last at noon, with a tow of five barges containing 8,000 bush. grain; and after taking them to Lachine returned with barges as above, arriving here last night at 7 o'clock. The round trip was made in 102 hours, not including Sunday, when she was detained in the Canal, and she was also detained 6 hours on this side of Dickenson's Landing, on account of heavy tows being ahead. The Wren left today with barges Lark, 19,600 bush. corn and wheat; Hannah, 14,300 bush. peas and corn; Robin, 18,000 bush. corn; Martin, 12,600 bush. wheat and peas.

Arrived - The yacht Oriole arrived in the harbour last night in tow of the Hiram A. Calvin, on her return from her trip to the sea coast.

Port Colborne, Aug. 12th - Down: Schr. London, Toledo, Kingston; prop. Canada, Chicago, Montreal; schrs. Cambria, Leamington, Clayton; Gen. Burnside, Bay City, Clayton; St. Andrews, Toledo, Kingston; E. Cohen, do., Oswego; Gleniffer, Bay City, Kingston; Yankee Blade, Chicago, Kingston; Norway, Toledo, Kingston; Pride of America, Saginaw, Kingston; Sweet Home, Sandusky, Toronto; B.F. Wade, Toledo, Kingston; prop. Prussia, Chicago, Montreal; D. Freeman, Cleveland, Toronto; Madeira, Chicago, Kingston; Ayr, Bay City, Kingston; F. Reny, Detroit, Ogdensburg; British Queen, Amherstburg, Merreton; Cecilia, Big Creek, Kingston; steambarge Westford, Detroit, Oswego; schrs. Senator Blood, Milwaukee, Kingston; Jane Ralston, Toledo, Ogdensburg; New Dominion of Picton, Port Elgin, Kingston; Atlantic, Chicago, Ogdensburg; prop. St. Albans, Chicago, Ogdensburg; schrs. E.P. Dorr, Toledo, Kingston; Olive Branch, Port Huron, Oswego; S.G. Atwater, Chicago, Kingston; Canada, Kenosha, Oswego; H. Mills, Chicago, Kingston; Bismarck, Bay City, Kingston; New York, Cleveland, Toronto; Miami Belle, Toledo, Kingston; D.G. Fort, Chicago, Kingston; Albacore, Toledo, Kingston.

Up: Schrs. Maggie Send (sic), F.D. Barker, props. Granite State, Oswegatchie, schrs. H.R. Murray, Theresa, Maggie McRae, Arctic, A. Falconer, Smith & Post, J. McLeod, C.G. Mixer, Brooklyn, Montauk, A. Hope, Magellan.

The Yacht Oriole - A correspondent of a Montreal paper writes: At the Tadousac Hotel I encountered several members of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, who in their clipping little craft, the Oriole, were out "on pleasure bent." They had, they said, had a very pleasant time, and had visited most of the places of interest along the coast. They had found splendid fishing at Grand Graves, whilst at Gaspe they had been enthusiastically received by the residents, a ball being given in their honor. They endeavoured to cross to Anticosti, to see a quondam Montreal litterateur, but, wind and sea opposing them, had been obliged to relinquish the attempt, a mishap which they much regretted. Most of the yachtsmen were of literary tastes, capital conversationalists, and made up a very pleasant party. They consisted of the "Admiral," the "Commodore," the "Surgeon," the "purser," the "Quartermaster," the "Professor" (a Montrealer), the "First and Second Lieutenants," together with one or two who came under the classification of A.B.'s. The Professor, an ardent lover of poetry, was accustomed truly to intersperse his conversations with quotations from the bards and dramatists, and his aptness in this particular was the admiration of all. He gave a very racy description of the cruise of the Oriole, and I feel sure that if he published it, it would form a very entertaining book.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1873