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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 April 1856

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Spring Walk

Having devoted a long day's Walk to matters foreign to our original purpose, we take up to day the Walk along the Wharves in front of the harbor. And the first public Wharf we arrived at is—

Holcomb & Henderson's, late McPherson & Crane's, at the foot of Clarence Street, and once known as the Rideau Wharf. Here we find but few vessels, and those chiefly large barges, the steam boats and schooners belonging to this firm, being laid up at Hatter's Bay, and mentioned in Walk No. 3. Messrs. Holcomb & Henderson own or control a larger fleet of Forwarding Craft than any house in America. Independently of the numerous vessels lying at Hatter's Bay, they have at their several depots in Montreal, Quebec, Prescott, Hamilton and Port Stanley, other vessels more or less numerous, and comprise, as we said before, a most splendid fleet of Steamboats, Propellers, Schooners and Barges, some of the latter capable of carrying 3,000 barrels! They do their Kingston business at this Wharf, but their office is in Clarence Street, immediately below the British American Hotel.

SCOBELL'S WHARF.--This season, Mr. Scobell keeps his Wharf in his own hands, intending to do a general business on his own account, having one of the very best stone warehouses on it in Canada.--Messrs. J. & J. Miller, the Wholesale Merchants and Tanners, do their business on this Wharf.

THE COMMERCIAL WHARF.--Here lie, or rather did lie, Mr. Hamilton's three fine Steamers, Passport, Kingston, and Ottawa; all in apple pie order, and ready for business. These vessels form portions of the River and lake Mail Steamboat Line, which now consists of eight vessels, four on the lake and four on the River. The plan of the season's operations is as follows, viz.: The Passport, Capt. Harbottle; the Magnet, Capt. Twohy; the Arabian, Capt. Slater; and the Kingston, Capt. C. Hamilton; will form a Daily Line between Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston and Brockville, reaching the latter town in time for the Montreal Cars; and return in like manner. The Banshee, Capt. Howard; the Ottawa, Capt. Kelly; the St. Lawrence, Capt. Maxwell; and the New Era, Capt. P. S. Crysler; will form a Daily Line between Kingston and Montreal, leaving Kingston every evening at nine o'clock, and reaching Brockville in time to take the down River Passengers off the Lake Steamers before breakfast. Passengers will thus have two modes of reaching Montreal speedily, the Cars and the swift Steamers, both routes being equally sure of taking its Passengers and Freight into Montreal by daylight. In cold and bad weather, the Cars will be preferred; but in fine and warm weather, every sensible person will give the preference to the steamers. We may add, that two of Mr. Hamilton's Boats are now on this route; the Ottawa making three trips a week between Kingston and Prescott, which she will continue to do until the St. Lawrence Canals are open; and the Kingston, on her regular trips between Kingston and Hamilton, not descending to Brockville, until the whole Line is in operation. The Passport goes on duty next Monday, we believe. And the Magnet and Arabian will also join the Lake Line so soon as the ice is out of Burlington Bay.

THE ATLANTIC WHARF.--Here Captain Putnam, who is now well established as a General Forwarder, does his Business, and with as excellent Premises as any Forwarder in the City. The wharf is large and very convenient to approach; while the Warehouses are of stone and fireproof, a matter which merchants should well consider when they leave their valuable goods in bond for months perhaps. The Atlantic Wharf is the Kingston stopping place of that fine and magnificent steamer, the Europa, Capt. Harrison, which intends to pursue the same route and do the same lucrative business that she did last season, in the face of so much serious opposition, making two trips a week between Ogdensburgh, Prescott, Brockville, Kingston, the Lake ports, Toronto and Hamilton; intending to be in Kingston on her way up, every Tuesday and Friday evening. The other steamer Boston will do a similar business, but not being so fine or large a vessel, will not command so large a Passenger trade, though the Globe says she will form one of an Independent Freight Line, composed of the St. Nicholas, City of Hamilton, and Bowmanville, running between Hamilton, Oswego, Cape Vincent, Ogdensburgh, Montreal and North Shore ports. The Boston has had a number of new state rooms added to her upper deck, besides several good improvements in strengthening her. M. W. Brown, of Hamilton, controls this vessel.

At the Atlantic Wharf, Messrs. T. Drummond & Co., Penitentiary Contractors, do their business, and keep their office. All the Canada World and his Wife, that is to say, all who have ever travelled, remember Capt. Thomas Drummond, who commanded several steamers on the lake some twelve or fifteen years ago, and was then so popular. Well, he went home to Scotland, stopped there ten years, and returned about a year ago; and in connection with other people, took Mr. Skinner's Penitentiary Labor Contract off his hands, and is now busily engaged in manufacturing those most useful articles, which used to come in such abundance from the United States, viz., Agricultural Implements. At the Provincial Penitentiary Messrs. T. Drummond & Co. Employ fifty Convicts, and to use their labor profitably, have put up a 20 horse power steam engine together with most extensive and ingenious machinery for the manufacture of Hay, Straw, and Manure Forks, Grain Scoops, Hay Rakes, Snaths [??], Grain Cradles, Scythes and Corn Brooms. These articles must be of prime quality and excellent manufacture, for Mr. Thomas Drummond took no less than Six Premiums at the last Provincial Show in Coburg [Cobourg], where they competed with numerous manufactures from other establishments. A Manure Fork, which lies by our side as we write, is better made than any we have ever seen, whether made in Canada or the United States. It is really an excellently made Implement, and we do not wonder that a similar Fork took the 1st Premious at Coburg. Mr. Skinner, a splendid mechanic, superintends the Works inside the Penitentiary.

And this mention made of Messrs. T. Drummond & Co.'s Manufacturies reminds us of a duty too long neglected that of noticing commendably the penitentiary Manufactures of Messrs. J. P. Millener and company, who have a larger Labor Contract than the former gentlemen. The Provincial Penitentiary is tabooed in the Kingston Press, (doubtless for fear that any of the evil doings therein committed should be brought to light) but we know by hearsay, that Messrs. Millener have put up capital machinery for the making of Axes and Edged Tools, and are doing a first rate business. They have a hundred men at work, and they turn out daily many other things in the iron and steel line, besides Axes and Edged Tools. An Axe, that has lain upon our desk to notice some weeks, is as fine a sample of the pure American Axe as if made in the most celebrated manufactory. Their Office is in Princess Street.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 April 1856