Spring Walk by a Fresh Hand
THE ATLANTIC AND COMMERCIAL WHARVES.
A change has taken place this Spring on these Wharves. The Atlantic Wharf, which was leased to Mr. Patrick Doyle last year, and on which Messrs. Chaffey Brothers, had offices and warehouses, is now leased to the latter firm who, with their ample means of doing a great forwarding business, will keep it fully occupied, independently of the Inland Navigation Co.'s Steamers, (The Through Line) which will still stop at this wharf, on their upward and downward passages, between Montreal and Hamilton. Meanwhile, Mr. Patrick Doyle has removed his Office to the Wharf on the opposite side of the slip, known by the name of the Commercial Wharf. Here Mr. Patrick Doyle will confine his attention to the management and freighting of the several schooners owned in his family. These two wharves, at the foot of the best street of the city (Princess St.) are among the best business wharves of Kingston, and while on them is done the large business of the Through Line Steamers and the Messrs. Chaffey, no falling off in their reputation need be dreaded.
The owner of the Atlantic Wharf, James Harty, Esq., intends to build largely on the front part of the large lot in Ontario St.
BERRY & CO.'S WHARF. --At this Wharf, during the season, there is a great coal of business done; but at present there is little doing. This may be accounted for by the fact, that at Portsmouth, this firm are repairing the most of their barges, the number of which we have alluded to before. The only thing, therefore, worthy of notice at this Wharf, is the fact that a new boiler has been attached to the fine Elevator there, which will be in first rate working order for the season.--Above Cataraqui Bridge, Messrs. Berry & Co have four or five of their fine barges, which, however, will require no repairs.
ANGLIN'S WHARF.--At this Wharf, used by Messrs. Glassford, Jones & Co., lies their powerful Elevator, (Sampson) a description of which wan given in the "British Whig" some time during the Summer. She is a splendid Elevator and one of the largest of the kind afloat on the Upper Lakes, while to Messrs. Glassford & Jones, she will prove invaluable.
The schooner Princess Alexandra lies here, loaded with ice for Chicago. She was formerly known as the Marshfield. Also Messrs. Geo. Chaffey & Bro.'s. steamer Boston, which has been thoroughly overhauled and nicely painted, so as to look quite trim and neat. In connection with this Wharf it may be as well to mention that Messrs. Glassford and Jones have none of their boats or vessels laid up here. They are all at a distance from Kingston. In Montreal they have two tugs, nine barges, and one propeller, (Protection) commanded by Capt. Farrell, and are building six new barges at Cantin's Wharf . At Gananoque they have no less than nineteen barges of the largest capacity; also the steamer Ottawa, commanded by Capt, C. B. Crysler. At Bowmanville they have their fine vessel Baltimore, sailed by Capt. John Brothers, and at Cleveland, (U. S.) the fine schooner Two Brothers, Capt. W. Savage. The total river capacity of the boats belonging to this firm is 410,000.
"Fresh Hand" called in at the Axle Factory after having left Anglin' s Wharf and found everyone busily at work. There are now about 40 men employed here, but the only thing worthy of present notice is a now machine for the manufacture of rivets. It can turn out about 50 a minute.
Under the enterprise of Mr. Haight the Bowling Alley, formerly kept by Mr. Oliver, has had its character completely changed. It is now as clean as a new pin, and at the far end of it are beautifully stained glass windows, that add much to the general appearance of the place. Pictures, too, adorn the walls, and during the summer it will prove a pleasant resort for the athlete or the lounger; for Mr. Haight has resolved that none but properly conducted persons shall be allowed to bowl in it. A game of bowls is healthy exercise, and when it does not assume the form of gambling, is perfectly admissible even in the minds of the most fastidious.
MESSRS. KNAPP'S & LACHAPELLE'S BOAT-BUILDING ESTABLISHMENTS, BARRIEFIELD.--Dr. Knapp, as a celebrated boat builder, is known all over Canada, in the United States and England, as his boats have been forwarded to all parts. He built the beautiful race skiff, Dart, with which our late champion, James Medley, was so successful, --besides many other race boats, which are all over the Province. He also built the fast sailing yachts, Fannv Fern and Gazelle. In point of excellence and finish, Kr. Knapp's boats cannot be surpassed. "Fresh Hand" found him hard at work.
At Messrs. Lachapelle's Establishment all is bustle and activity, preparing their Spring Fleet. Messrs. Lachapelle have turned out, to order, 20 very pretty skiffs during the winter. They are the builders of the celebrated yachts, Bay Queen and Jeff Davis. Messrs. Lachapelle rank high as boat builders.