Along the Docks
The sound of the caulker's mallet is low.
Even timid women cross the river on the ice without hesitation.
The ferry boys are praying for navigation to open so they can commence pitching pennies and dunning men whom they never ferried for "five cents. "
From present appearances it will be some time before the sailors will sing:
Hey they bowlin', the captain he is growling.
Hey they bowlin', heave and haul!
Goble & Macfarlane are doing good work on the schooner L. L. Lamb, and will float her from the dock stronger and better than she was when she first came out. New frames are being put in both forward and aft, and as they are to be well fastened, the water disturber, Lamb, will vie in strength with vessels of more ferocious names.
The old schooner Carlton, now past her twenty eighth year, is being thoroughly overhauled in Bond's slip and will, upon the opening of navigation, be ready for the grain trade. A visit to the Carlton will repay one interested in vessels, for an idea of the longevity of floating property may be formed by looking at her frames and floor timbers which were put in her when she first touched the water. Her timbers are as well preserved as any vessel we ever saw opened.
The owner of the Carlton, Charles Guthrie, will spare no expenses to put the vessel in good shape, and judging from the work already done he will succeed. She will receive new ceiling throughout, the bilges being three inch oak bolted through on every frame, and the rest of the ceiling oak plank two and a half inches thick. As soon as the weather will permit, she will be taken on the dry dock and a seven inch keelson will be put on the present one and securely bolted. New stanchions will be supplied where-ever needed, and she will be given new bulwarks and stringers. Her stern, which was damaged last fall, has received all new work and is now quite presentable.
The repairs, which are under the supervision of an excellent ship-carpenter, John Shepard, will cost over $1,500. - Captain John Gibson is giving his attention to the work in hand.
Commodore Crimmins informs us that the tug Major Dana is to be thoroughly overhauled before the opening of navigation.