The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1865

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p.2 ad - For Bath, Picton and Belleville - steamer Watertown, Capt. Hinckley.

p.3 Marine - First Arrival - The first vessel to arrive in Kingston Harbor was the Brig New York, which arrived yesterday morning from Clayton, N.Y., where she wintered.

-The Watertown is to take the place of the steamer Bay of Quinte until the latter is ready for the season of navigation now opening up. The Watertown will make her first trip up the Bay on Thursday, ice permitting.

Launch Yesterday - One of Messrs. E. Berry & Co's ships was launched yesterday from their Yard at Portsmouth. About four o'clock in the afternoon the ship slided off the ways very gracefully, amid the cheers of a large number of persons who were present. The candidate for nautical honors was bestowed with the name of Narborough by Miss Dobbs, daughter of the Rev. Mr. Dobbs, of Portsmouth. After the ship had been launched the steamer Pierrepont took her in tow, and conveyed her to her moorings. The Narborough is 184 feet in length over all, 35 feet 10 inches breadth of beam, 22 feet 6 inches depth of hold. Tonnage, carpenter's measurement, 1,100 tons. She will be ship rigged. wire rigging being used as far as practicable, and will be fully fitted for sea before leaving Kingston. The ship is a very fine one, and Mr. Berry deserves great credit for the interest he takes in the shipping line.

"A-1" - The expression A-1, applied popularly to everything of the first quality, is copied from the symbols of the British and Foreign shipping list of the Lloyds. "A" designates the character of the hull of the vessel; the figure 1, the efficient state of her anchors cables and stores; when these are insufficient in quantity or in quality the figure 2 is used. The character A is signed to a new ship for a certain number of years varying from 4 to 12, according to the material and mode of building, but on condition of the vessel being statedly surveyed, to see that the efficiency is maintained. When a vessel had passed the age for the character A, but is still found fit for conveying perishable goods to all parts of the world, it is registered AE asterisk in red. Ships AE in black form the third class, and consist of such as are still found, on survey fit to convey perishable goods on shorter voyages. Classes E and 1 comprise ships sufficient to carry goods not liable to see damage; the one class for voyages of any length, the other for shorter voyages.

-Opening of Navigation - operations of the Richelieu Steamboat Co.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1865