The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 17, 1877

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p.3 Shipbuilding at Portsmouth

The prevailing dullness of the times does not seem to be felt at Portsmouth in the shipbuilding line, as we are informed that there is really more work on hand than can be accomplished before the opening of navigation. We are glad to be able to record this, and hope the good times will keep up, so that the village may again rise to the position as a shipbuilding station that it formerly held.

At Messrs. Chaffey's yard work has been particularly active during the winter. The firm has employed as many as 110 men, and would have had more but for want of room. There is on the stocks at present a powerful tug, which is being built for the Collin's Bay Rafting Co., for the purpose of towing rafts. It will be a very powerful boat, and when finished will be one of the best tugs ever built at Kingston harbour. Besides this, the firm have on hand a splendid yacht for Col. Gilmour, of Ottawa, which will be finished in the same manner as the Pullman cars. There is also a large amount of repairing done at this yard.

At Mitchell's shipyard the steamer Rochester is being thoroughly overhauled, and is getting a new bottom. This popular Bay of Quinte boat will likely hold her own during the ensuing season. Mr. Mitchell has also done a considerable quantity of work during the winter.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 17, 1877