The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1862

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p.2 -Lake Defences - bill now before the American House of Representatives for appropriations for lake defences.

-Opening of Navigation - schooners Ellen Baxter & Royal Albert left for Oswego; schooner George Laidlaw loaded with barley for Oswego; the Marco Polo and Mary Grover are loading for Oswego; the Resolute and Defiance to start loading. [Globe]

-Opening of Navigation - Sea Bird attempted to get through ice; Ruby advertised to leave Detroit on Monday. [Sarnia Observer]

-First Arrival of the Season - schooners Pioneer and John Wesley arrived from Canada. [Oswego Times]

-First Clearance for Lake Michigan - brig Pilgrim, Capt. Burns left for Chicago; sch. Beaver left Youngstown for Toronto.

-New Trade - Shickluna sends 2 90' masts to Oswego by rail. [St. Cath. Journ.]

-First Clearance of the Season - prop. Portsmouth. [Cleveland Leader 31st]


"Spring Walk by a Fresh Hand" No. V

BAKER'S WHARF. - The brig New York lies here, commanded by Capt. Ratcliffe, of this city. She is having new planking, and new timbers are being placed in her stern. She has new taffrail, rails all round, and is being caulked and painted so as to render her fit for the coming season. Her decks will be quite new, and her rigging is being thoroughly repaired. This vessel is one of the largest and finest timber vessels on the lake, and is chartered by Messrs. Fowler & Asselstine, of Clayton. The New York is owned by Mr. E. A. Burrowes, of this city. The steam yacht Fairy lies here, which is owned by the Kingston Yacht Club. Also the propeller Protection. She will have a new boiler, which was much needed; while other portions of her machinery will be thoroughly repaired, so as to render he fit for the approaching season. She is commanded by Capt. Farrell. The steamer Banshee lies at the railroad track near this wharf. She is one of the Through Mail Line, and is commanded by Capt. H. C. Swales. She is still undergoing thorough repairs for the coming season, and has had a new shaft put in her, as the other was broken last fall. It was broken in a very heavy gale, thereby rendering her almost useless. Had it not been for that, she would have gone through to Toronto, as she received no further damage whatever.

THE ATLANTIC WHARF. - Here lies the steamer Kingston, of which too much cannot be said, as she is one of the finest steamers on the lake. She belongs to the Royal Mail Line, and is commanded by Capt. Hamilton. She is the boat which carried the Prince of Wales and Prince Alfred all over the lake. This fine steamer will wear her best looks this summer. The Passport, Capt. Harbottle, is being repaired here, as well as the Champion, which requires greater repairs. The latter steamer is commanded by Capt. Kelly. This schooner Queen of the Bay, owned by Mr. P. Harty, also lies here. She is a trim, well shaped vessel, and is admirably adapted for lake trade. Business at this wharf will be conducted by P. W. Doyle as successor to his father, the late Jos. Doyle.

Besides the vessels already mentioned lying here, are the Barque Gem, Schooners Christina, Christiana, Canada, and Sir E. W. Head , all now fitting out for the spring trade. The Mail Line of steamers will stop at this wharf as heretofore, and Mr. M. K. Dickinson's Ottawa steamers. Messrs. Chaffey & Dickinson's barges, numbering sixty in all, with a capacity of 500,000 bushels of grain, will continue their business on the St. Lawrence in connection with Mr. P. W. Doyle's establishment. At this wharf, also, there will be a new floating Elevator stationed, belonging to Messrs. Chaffey & Bros. It will be capable of discharging 3,500 bushels of grain per hour. At this Wharf there is likely to be a large business done in iron ore this season, as well as a good lumber business. The Propeller Nicolette, lately at this wharf, has been purchased this season by Mr. Wyatt, of Toronto. She is commanded by Capt. Riddell.

ANGLIN'S WHARF. - Propeller Avon , owned by Messrs. Jacques, Tracy & Co., Montreal. All the winter, men have been working at her, and she will soon be completely repaired. The steamer Ottawa lies here, but she is stuck in the ice, owing to some leak in the lower part of her hull. This can easily be remedied, and she will ply as usual on the lake this summer.Schooner Helen, owned by Mr. Ferguson, and commanded by Capt. Gibson. She is a new vessel, and will be nicely fitted out for the season. Also the schooner California, (a Kingston vessel) owned and commanded by Capt. MacMaster.

BAY EAST BY NORTH OF CATARAQUI BRIDGE. - Here lies the Schooner Cataraqui, owned by Mr. Robert Anglin, and commanded by Capt. Middleton. She is undergoing thorough repairs, and is having a new ceiling, new keelson, and new bilge keelsons; also painting and other refitting. Schooner Convey ( Convoy ?), owned by Capt. McRay, is having the usual repairs done to her, with the usual spring fit out. There are a number of barges lying here belonging to Chaffey & Bros. Sloop Messenger, owned and commanded by Capt. Finkle. She requires no repairing, but the usual fit out in painting, &c. She is employed in the grain trade, and classes as one of the best grain vessels. She will be ready at the opening of navigation, and generally plies between Kingston, the Bay of Quinte, and Oswego. The Messenger will have good freights this summer, as she makes very successful trips, though, comparatively speaking, a small vessel. Some thirty wood boats lie inside of the Grand Trunk Railroad Bridge, which are principally employed in carrying wood and lumber on the Rideau Canal. Outside of the railway track lies the schooner Two Brothers, of Montreal, owned by Messrs. Glassford & Jones, and fourteen barges, belonging severally to the last named firm, and to Messsrs. Holcomb & Cowan. Fresh Hand had now taken the stranger round the different shipyards and wharves, and the latter expressed himself much pleased with what he had seen. It was true, he said, that he had got his coat daubed with tar, and had more than once stumbled over pieces of timber lying in his route; but these petty griefs were more than balanced by the amount of information he had gained. He had come to these wharves almost sceptical of their importance in the city, but had left them impressed with the amount of business which must be transacted there in summer. He would probably, he said, wander yet through many lands, but would never forget the Kingston Shipyards.

"Fresh Hand" assured the stranger he was correct in his conclusions, and that there were two other places near Kingston which they must see - Garden Island and Bateau Channel. To leave the city without having seen them would be a pity, for the stranger might never again have an opportunity. "Fresh Hand" and the stranger then returned to the hotel, feeling fatigued with their walk.

Messrs. Berry & Co.'s Establishment and Falconer's Sail Loft have yet to be noticed.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1862