The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1878

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p.3 The Armenia - The Armenia is now said to be the fastest boat on the Bay, the experiments with her wheels having been entirely successful. Passengers by the Armenia can make the round trip the same day and have a few hours for business in Picton or at any of the intervening ports.

A New Industry

Messrs. McKelvey & Birch, with the enterprise which has characterized them since beginning business, have taken up a new branch of their trade, the building of metallic lifeboats. They have at present in their workshop one of these useful boats, which will be ready for sending away on Saturday next. The boat is built entirely of galvanized iron, about one sixteenth of an inch thick, which, while being of light appearance, gives it great strength. The length of keel is 22 feet, breadth of beam 5 feet 8 inches, and the depth amidships is 2 feet 3 inches. At each end there are bulkheads 4 feet 6 inches, which are perfectly air and water tight. Underneath the seats are to be placed airtight tubes, which, with the bulkheads, will add to the buoyancy of the boat. It will be rowed by six oars. It is built to order for the steamer Maxwell, of Toronto, and is the full size of what is required by law for life boats. It will carry 35 passengers, and we are informed it is absolutely impossible to sink it. When light it is calculated to draw only 6 to 8 inches of water. Messrs. McKelvey & Birch intend to go into this business to some extent, and we have no doubt that they will succeed. We may state that the boat is of a fine model, and will prove very useful should its services ever be required.

Marine Notes

Montreal Transportation Co. - schrs. Speedwell, Toronto, 15,174 bush. wheat; Montcalm, Chicago, Chicago, 21,375 bush. corn.

J. Swift's - strs. D.C. West from Rideau Canal; Spartan from Hamilton; prop. Champlain from Ogdensburg; strs. Nile from Rideau Canal; Water Lily from Ottawa.

Port Colborne, June 24th - Up - Evening - schrs. Bay Trader, Thorold, Port Rowan, light; Morwood, Brockville, blank, light; Smith & Post, Oswego, Detroit, coal; Lewis Ross, Cobourg, Ashtabula, coal; Undine, Hamilton, Black River, light; Sligo, Kingston, Marquette, light; Mary Battle, Kingston, Toledo, light; Flora Carveth, Toronto, Black River, light; Craftsman, Toronto, Ashtabula, light; prop. Garden City, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo.

Down - schrs. A.W. Luckey, Black River, Toronto, coal; Westside, Milwaukee, Kingston, grain; J. Norris, Bay City, Kingston, timber; Wm. Home, Gratiol River, Kingston, timber; W.H. Oades, Black River, Brockville, coal; Grace Whitney, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; Dashing Wave, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; Canada, Sault Ste. Marie, Kingston, timber; J. Mathews, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; Ontario, Parry Sound, Thorold, staves; Trinidad, Chicago, Kingston, corn; M.A. Hall, Port Burwell, Pt. Colborne, wood; props. California, Toledo, Montreal, gen. cargo; Dominion, Toledo, Montreal, gen. cargo; Dromedary, Toledo, Montreal, gen. cargo; Swallow, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber.

In Harbour - schrs. Bay Trader, Undine, F. Carveth, M. Battle, Morwood, Craftsman, M.A. Hall.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1878