Ontario Dry Dock. - A Great Enterprise.
We recently paid a visit to the Ontario Dry Dock, situated at the foot of West First street, which has been completed and is now in course of operation.
This work is owned by F.G. Carrington, and was commenced a year ago the present spring. It is formed by blasting out of rock in such a manner as to admit of floating in a vessel, and the, by pumping out the water, leave her ready to be taken in hand by the workmen in order to make repairs. The dock is 160 feet in length, 60 feet wide at the top, drawing in slightly toward the bottom, and twelve feet at low water depth over the keel blocks, the total depth being 17 feet.
It is calculated to accommodate the largest sized vessels which pass the Welland canal, and a vessel in distress, with cargo, can be floated in with perfect ease. It will take in a vessel 35 feet wide, - the same width of gate as the locks which pass the largest propeller. The capacity of the dock can be readily increased at any time when the facilities and necessities of the port demand it.
An engine house has been built adjoining the dock, containing an engine of 50 horse power which operates the rotary pump used in exhausting the water from the dock after a vessel has passed in. Mr. Carrington is also putting up a steam planing mill, 70 feet long, and of great capacity, which will be operated by the same engine. It will be ready for operation in about two weeks, and has already been leased to a certain party in town.
The dry dock has been leased by Messrs. Goble McFarlane, who operate it in connection with their shipyard. They now have a large force of men and are prepared to do anything in the way of repairs, on short notice and with dispatch. The W.B. Allen, one of the largest schooners on the lake, had just been let into the dock when we visited it, and the Kate Kelly, which collided with the sunken schooner Baltic, in the mouth of the harbor, last fall, has just been discharged.
All navigators who have visited the Ontario Dry Dock, unite in pronouncing it the finest work of the kind on the lake, and fully equal to anything on the upper lakes. Captains and vessel owners would do well to visit this dock and inform themselves as to the facilities we now have for thoroughly repairing vessels. There is no good reason why Oswego should not now demand her share of such work, having provided all the requisites at great expense.