The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1855

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Spring Walk

Number Five of this our Spring Walk is about as lingering as the Spring itself. This third part should have been published last week, but the gentleman who took it in hand became indisposed, and the editor had to complete it.

MR. COUNTER'S SHIP YARD. --There has not been doing so much business this past winter in the ship building line, as in past years, owing to the fall in the English market, and the high price of wages; still there has been executed a vast amount of repairing. The freight steamer, Free Trader, has been on the Railway all the winter, as also has been the freight steamer, Western Miller, both of which have under gone extensive repairs, and been launched in order nearly as perfect as when first built. The Passenger steamer Sir Charles Napier, has also been on the Ways, and her bottom made as good as ever. Several schooners and barges have also had their little wants attended to, and a general good business done, though not equal to former years. At the present time, the American steam propeller, J. W. Brooks, is waiting for the Ways to be idle to be hauled on and repaired. The only vessel built in this Yard during the winter has been a fine large first class barge still on the stocks.

THE PENITENTIARY CABINET WAREHOUSE. --A great change has taken place in this large Establishment. The Messrs. Stevenson's contract having expired, the labour of the Men has been taken at an advanced price by Mr. Peter Todd, backed by James Morton, Esq., who intends to carry on the business in the same building, viz., the old Lambton House, at the corner of Princess and Bagot Streets, which is now undergoing a thorough overhauling previous to a formal opening. Meanwhile, Messrs. Stevenson have removed the remnant of their Stock to the Tug Line Office Building in Ontario Street, where they sell off at cost prices what Furniture they still have on hand.

One of the Wharves omitted in Walk no. 3 was. Mr. Hugh Fraser's, not being then aware that he had leased it to Messrs. Blood, Bond & Co. The News in its "Notes about Town" remedied our omission, and here is what it says:-

Mr. Fraser's Wharf, adjoining Mr. Anglin's, has been rented to Messrs. Blood, Bond & Co., of Kingston Mills. These gentlemen intend opening a large trade in the importation for Oswego of the articles of Salt and Plaster, and the wharf and storehouse are intended as a place of deposit, or depot, for these articles, where the market can be supplied at all times, and with any quantity, however large, that may be required. It is also intended as a place of shipment to the United States, for the lumber prepared at Kingston Mills, of which establishment Messrs. Blood, Bond & Co. are the proprietors. Mr. Fraser proposes to extend his wharf next year, 120 feet further out, thereby rendering it fitted for the accommodation of at least six vessels. He also intends constructing a railway along the whole extent of the wharf, for the better and more speedy loading and unloading of cargoes. This will be a new and important improvement, and calculated, we should think, to secure for the wharf more than a usual share of business. By the bye, it is strange that this part of the harbour is not more generally used by shipmasters, than that further up: it is more sheltered as well adapted for harborage, and as accessible as any other part of the port. It is probable that the improvements intended by Mr, Fraser may cause this part of the harbour to be better frequented.

**Speaking about Wharves reminds us to correct a mistake. In alluding to Mr. Kinghorn's United States Wharf, it was our impression that the American Line of Lake and River Steamers, in consequence of the erection of the neighbouring piers, would not readily be able to get in or out of their old depot, but we are happy to say, on Mr. Kinghorn's account, that Capt. Van Cleve, the Manager of the Line, has resolved to put up this season with some inconvenience, sooner than the company should lose the benefit of Mr. Kinghorn's services. The vessels will therefore come here as usual.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1855