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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), 20 May 1828

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The undersigned commissioners, appointed by his Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, under the provisons of an act of the Provincial Legislature, passed at its last session, hereby give notice, that they will receive Tenders until twelve o'clock on Monday, the second day of June next, for the construction of a Light House,on the False Ducks Island, in Lake Ontario, according to a design which may be seen at the office of John Macaulay, Esquire, and to the following specifications.


The Tower to be built sixty feet high from the ground line to the top finish of the walls - the ground plan to be a hexagon, and eighteen feet in diameter or breadth, taking it from side to side - the inside, or well-hole, for stairs, to be circular, and ten feet in diameter, in the clear of the walls - the walls to be four feet thick mid-way between the angles of each side or face, at the ground line, and two feet thick at the top, the wall to be carried up plumb on the inside from the ground line to the top finish, and kept fair - the outside face of the building to batter 2 feet on each side from the ground line to the top, and to be kept straight and fair in all its parts - all to be neatly hammer dressed - the quoins to be well axed and formed to their proper angles - the door way to have a good hammer dressed arch turned over it - there are to be six windows in the whole height of the tower, of two lights, each of 7 by 9 glass, set into cut stone reveals, and well splayed on the inside - the sills of each window to be well weathered down - the foundation below the ground to be properly excavated, not less than 2 feet 6 inches below the above mentioned ground line, and more if required; that is, the excavation is to go to the depth that may be necessary to ensure a solid foundation - the walls to be then built five feet thick, of good, large, and solid stones, all well bonded, and well bedded in good strong mortar - the same is required, with respect to the other parts of the tower, which are not to be filled in with rubbish, but to be built up with good large solid stones, well bonded and bedded. It is to be observed, that the joints through the thickness of the wall are to be well broke every course, with good long headers, not less than three feet each in length; and particular attention must be paid that they are well bedded in every part in good mortar, and that all building stones are laid on their natural beds - to put in a good strong wrought and rabbitted door case to the entrance with transom rail and fan light over it - the door to be made in two inch thicknesses well nailed together, wrought, tongued, & groved the door to be hung with stout T hinges, and a good stock lock to be put on it - the fan light to be glazed and made complete - to prepare and put in the six windows, and all to be glazed, and fixed in securely - to put up a newell post from a good solid foundation to the top, fifteen inches in diameter, the lower end to be well charred before it is set in its place - to put up a substantial staircase, with steps and risers made of 2 1/2 inch pine plank, wrought and properly fixed, which are to have about an inch and a half of bearing at the wide ends in the wall, by leaving indents for each step and riser as the stone work goes up - the riser of each step to be about 7 1/4 inches - to build in proper wood and iron work towards the top of the tower, for fixing and securing the lantern, and also to bed the plates, etc., for the platform or gallery on the top, the two last mentioned items being furnished by the Commissioners; that is, the Commissioners will supply the timber and iron work for the platform, and the timber and iron work which is to be built in with the wall, for fixing and securing the lantern - which said timber and iron work are to be built in where pointed out hereafter by the commissioners - the outside of the tower is to be rough cast in a neat manner. Now, it is to be understood, that the contractor is to find all labour, and all materials, except the two items as mentioned above; and the workmanship, as well as the materials, are to be of the best quality - that the said work and materials are to be subject to the inspection of the Commissioners, and such person or persons as they may from time to time appoint - and that the Commissioners shall have the right to direct portions of the mason work, etc. to be taken down by the Contractor at such times as they may see fit, and to pay for rebuilding of the same a certain specified rate per solid foot; that is, in the event of the work thus taken down, appearing to be perfect, but on the contrary, should any defect appear therein, the contractor is to take down and replace the said work in a proper manner at his own expense.

Tenders will at the same time be received for building the Tower in a circular form, which may specify the difference that would be made between a tower that is circular on the outside, and one that is hexagonal.

Persons intending to offer for this contract will, on examining the island, find that there is stone of a suitable quality for building, and for making lime. Sand is to be obtained on the beach near Point Traverse, at a distance of four or five miles.

It will be observed that the fitting up of the lantern is reserved for a separate contract.

Tenders will not be received from persons who omit stating in their proposals the names of two good and sufficient sureties who will guaranty the satisfactory completion of the work, on or before the 15th day of September ensuing.

John Macaulay

Michael Spratt

Jas. McKenzie

Kingston, 15th May, 1827

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), 20 May 1828