The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1852

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p.2 American Lake Steamers - had no accidents. [Os. Times]

-Canada in December - steamers Free Trader and Ida running.

- The Kingston Marine Railway ship-yard presents just now quite an animating scene. Three very large vessels are in progress and preparations are making for laying the keel of a fourth. The first of these which strike the eye is a very finely modelled and strongly timbered schooner, building for Capt. Gaskin, intended for ocean navigation, and to be fastened accordingly. The vessel has 126 feet keel, 26 feet 6 inches beam and 11 feet hold: will measure about 370 tons. Another of like dimensions, but fitted with a double slip keel, is in frame hard by. This vessel, intended for the lakes, and like the last, of about 370 tons, is for J. Boyd, Esq. of this city. Further on, the frame of a smaller but yet a very large schooner, of about 300 tons, is nearly up. This vessel, building for W. Meyers, Esq. of the Trent, will have 120 feet keel, 25 feet 6 in. beam and 10 feet hold. Besides these, a large steamer is to be built for the Wolfe Island Canal Company, intended as a Railroad ferry-boat. This steamer will be 220 feet in length, and have 84 feet of beam. It is intended that she shall draw but three feet of water, and be propelled by a powerful engine, having a 46 inch cylinder and a stroke of eleven feet. She is guaranteed by the builders to run 16 miles an hour, but will, in all probability, make 18. The engine will be built at the Kingston Foundry.

-Imports - 6-8; Exports - 2-7.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1852