Spring Walk by a Fresh Hand
Seeing that the opening of navigation is at hand, and that there is little time to be lost, "Fresh Hand" will leave the consideration of the lions of Kingston, and will describe business at the different wharves, &c. The stranger will accompany him in his walk to get his coat daubed with tar, and eyes and nose saluted with smoke, for, as has been said before, he cannot go there without being so annoyed. This first place the two travellers will stop at will be the
GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY WHARF.--The bark St. George, belonging to Capt. Gaskin, is being refitted here, and is getting a number of repairs. She is iron kneed, and is a fine looking vessel. Capt. Gaskin has already chartered three vessels to carry stores when navigation opens; and he will probably require more. They will first of all ply on Lake Ontario, and on Lake Erie when summer comes.
MARINE RAILWAY AND SHIP YARD.--There are a number of vessels here needing repairs. They are hauled out of the water by steam power, so as to enable the ship carpenter to refit them. There is also at the Marine Railway and Shipyard a seam saw-mill for sawing timber for vessels, and capable of supplying enough timber to keep 200 or 300 men employed. The vessels receiving repairs here include the steamer Moffat, belonging to Messrs. Holcomb, Cowan & Co. The Moffat was wrecked last fall in South Bay somewhere and, after having had the water pumped out of her by a steam pump brought to Kingston from Montreal, was transported hither by rail to be repaired.--She needed it greatly, being almost dashed to pieces by the storm, and will require a new frame and a new keelson. Capt. Gaskin is building a fine vessel here which judges say will class with the best in the lake trade. She has twenty-six iron knees running from the deck to the bilge, and is trenail fastened. The steamer Indian will receive repairs here, and the Colonist, Ottawa. The yacht Glance also lies here, and two very fine large barges, the property of Messrs. Holcomb & Cowan, and named respectively the Cleveland and Wren. One hundred and forty men are employed in this ship-yard which belongs to Mr. Jenkins. They are under the superintendence of Mr. Thurston who has held the situation for twenty years. The stranger had by this time expressed his desire to Fresh Hand that they should view no more vessels as he felt tired and would fain return to the hotel; but Fresh Hand advised him to persevere, assuring him he had not seen half enough; and that in this uncertain world it is wise to accomplish as much at once as we can. The stranger (whose name must be for the present concealed) acquiesced in Fresh Hand's decision and they proceeded to
HOLCOMB & COWAN'S WHARF.--The steamer West is the only one lying here belonging to this firm. She is having a new boiler placed in her which will burn either wood or coal.--The barque Stork lies here, which has been purchased by Mr. A. M. Smith & Co., Toronto. She is intended for the coal oil trade, and will make her first trip from Toronto to Halifax. Also the schooners Alma and Jenny Lind.
The barges here, which belong to this firm, are the Lark, Lyre, Linnet, Packet, Eliza Jane, Georgiana, Margaret, Louisa, Sophia, Ethind, Weston, Rook, Jet, and Western Miller. They are very busy at this wharf in getting everything ready, and Messrs Holcomb & Cowan will, undoubtedly, do a large business in the summer.
KINGHORN'S WHARF.--The mail steamers Pierrepont and Gazelle are here, but will require only a few repairs for the season. Besides those there are the schooner Hannah and yacht Belle, belonging to Mayor Gildersleeve, and an exceedingly pretty craft, too. The steamtug Rescue also lies here. Mr. Kinghorn has a very large quantity of grain in store, which he will ship to the American, and it may be, to the
English, market. RAILROAD WHARF.--Barque S. A. Adams, laden with flour, which has been allowed to remain near this wharf. It will be transported elsewhere during the summer.
ANDERSON AND FORD'S WHARF.--The steamer Bay of Quinte lies at this wharf, and is undergoing the usual repairs. The berth on board this steamer originally designed for the Prince of Wales is now in disuse, but it is a roomy one, and must have looked exceedingly well when in readiness for His Royal Highness. The Bay of Quinte is commanded by Capt. Carroll, and is a general favorite with the public. She will be ready at the opening of navigation to resume her regular daily trips; also the Bowmanville, belonging to the Beaver Line. She looks as good as new and is owned by Messrs. Perry and Black. She is to be commanded by Capt. Smith. Alongside of her lies the Huron, belonging to Jacques, Tracy & Co. Of Montreal. She has had a great deal of repairs done to her this year, and has been thoroughly overhauled. The steamer St. Lawrence, belonging to the Beaver Line, lies near the Huron at the same wharf, and has received complete repairs. Also the brig Mohawk, owned by Capt. Murray, and which has got a new deck frame and deck, as well as a new poop, with a Belleville steering apparatus. She is a nice little craft.