The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), Thursday August 25, 1864

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Shickluna's Latest Launch

Last Monday afternoon, Mr. L. Shickluna, the famous ship-builder, launched from his dock-yard in this town, another splendid propeller for the Welland Railway Company. The launch was to have taken place on Saturday, but was postponed on account of the rain til 2 o'clock yesterday, at which hour a crowd of persons assembled to witness the pleasing spectacle. At 15 minuets past two precisely, the noble vessel glided swiftly and gracefully off the stocks, amid thundering cheers from the men, and waving of handkerchiefs from the ladies. The Christening ceremony was performed by Miss. Stovin, daughter of Cornelius Stovin, Esq., Manager of the Welland Railway. The young lady broke a bottle of wine at the vessel's bows, just as she began to move and bestowed upon her the very appropriate name of Enterprise. It was certainly a spirit of enterprise that prompted the stockholders of the Welland Railway to embark additional capital in the construction of these splendid propellers, in order to ensure the permanent success of the road; and it was also a most commendable enterprise of Mr Shickluna to undertake their construction and finish the work in so short a time, with a degree of skill and artistic design that would reflect credit upon the most famous shipbuilders of the Mersey and Clyde. The Enterprise is in every respect similar to her consort the Perseverance, the launch of which notice in this paper three or four weeks ago. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of Keel 177 feet; length over all 180 feet; breadth of beam 31 feet; depth of hold 12 1/2 feet capacity 750 tons or 37,000 bushels of wheat. Her machinery was manufactured by Mr. Gartshore, of Dundas and consists of a 450 horse power condensing engine cylinder 50 inches in diameter, 30 inches stroke; two boilers 26 feet long each and 8 feet diameter 160 tubes in each. These two vessels are doubtless but the precursors of many others of the same class; for it cannot be doubted that, running in connection with the Welland Railway, they will abundantly repay the cost of construction, and realize the expectations of their owners and builder. Mr Shickluna deserves more than the thanks of St.. Catharine for his very successful efforts to establish the reputation of this place as a shipbuilding depot of no ordinary kind. We venture to assert that there is not another marine architect in Upper Canada who could turn out so large an amount of first-class work as he had done with the past three years. Nor is he going to curtail his effort in future. On the contrary he has actually commenced laying the keel of a fine new barque on the same spot where one of the propellers above alluded to was built, and will push her forward with all possible despatch. Long may the Perseverance and the Enterprise continue their career in the service of Industry and Commerce; and long my Shickluna live to build other ships to follow in their wake!

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Richard Palmer
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St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), Thursday August 25, 1864