The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1865

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The Season of Navigation can now be said to have fairly opened, and the shipping in our harbor is already on the move. From the Cataraqui Bridge to the Marine Railway everything is activity, and everybody is as busy as can be. The steamers and vessels, the former particularly, are receiving a thorough overhauling, preparatory to entering upon the summer campaign. Kingston harbor offers many facilities to boats for lying up during the winter, and no less than twenty steamers, mostly owned in Montreal, and as many more vessels, have taken advantage of these facilities and been laid up here. A great number of dock laborers are employed working on the boats who distribute money around the city, which is one of the good results of so many steamers wintering in our harbor. Several of the vessels have been ready to leave for nearly a week, but owing to unfavorable weather are unable to start. The steamers will soon be equipped and ready to start. The Regular Lines may be expected to commence the season's trips in a week or so, though no definite period is known. The Rideau Canal is open for a great way up and the scow fleet are already on the move, but it will be some time before the steamers can make their trips through the Canal. There is nothing to prevent independent steamers from making their trips now without interruption either East or West. We shall endeavor to give a list of the shipping in our harbor. Above the Cataraqui Bridge are anchored a number of fine strong barges of the firms of Chaffey & Bros. and J.H. Henderson & Co., which are annually employed in the grain trade between Kingston and Montreal. At Glassford, Jones & Co.'s dock lie the Propeller North, Steam Tug Echo, Barque Water Witch and Brig Baltimore. The North, built last year, is being re-painted, and the two vessels are receiving general repairs in addition to being painted and rigged. The Tug Echo, so useful last summer in our harbor, has changed hands, being purchased by some one in Montreal. The firm of Glassford, Jones & Co. will this year run the Propeller North, Brig Baltimore and Schooner Two Brothers (now in Gananoque), on the lakes, and the two steamers Hope and Ottawa, with the twenty large barges of the firm (wintered in Gananoque), will be engaged exclusively in the flour and grain trade between Kingston and Montreal. The capacity of the barges is 500,000 bushels. At Berry's and adjoining wharves lie the Barque Sarah Ann Marsh and Schrs. Princess Alexandra, America, Governor and Feu Follet, all being caulked, re-fitted and painted for an early start. The Feu Follet has received new masts and is otherwise generally repaired. At Chaffey's Atlantic Wharf lie the R.M. Steamers Grecian and Magnet and fine Schooner Queen of the Lakes. The Grecian has been repainted and re-fitted. The Magnet has had more general repairs during the winter, having received a new smoke stack and many other necessary repairs, and comes out almost a new boat. Chaffey Bros. carry on the same business as last season. Their boats wintered at Brockville. The Propellers Bristol and Brockville will run as heretofore on the lakes, and the Tug Wales, with a whole fleet of barges, will ply with grain between Montreal and Kingston. The Tugs Swan, Frances, Mink and Forrest with another fleet of small barges, will ply on the Rideau Canal, and engage in the wood and lumber trade.

At the foot of Princess Street lies the Propeller Colonist, formerly of Jacques, Tracy & Co.'s line, which was sold during the winter to a firm in Milwaukie. She refits it is said for service on Lake Superior. At the Commercial Wharf lies the Barque Gem and Schooners Christina, Catharine and Canada, being painted and re-fitted for the lake trade. Near by lies the steamer Banshee, last year one of the R.M. Line, which has been sold to a party at New York. She is being re-fitted. At the St. Lawrence Wharf lies the R.M. Steamer Passport, which has been thoroughly repaired and re-fitted, and the steamer Ottawa, of Jacques, Tracy & Co. At the St. Lawrence Wharf is the office of M.K. Dickinson's Line. The steamers Bytown and City of Ottawa will make regular trips for the conveyance of passengers and freight, and the steamer Queen of the Isles, with two barges, will ply regularly with freight on the canal. The Line of Steamers between Ottawa and Montreal, by the Ottawa River, will ply the same as last season. The Royal Mail Steamers will stop at the St. Lawrence Wharf. The Line this year will consist of the Spartan, Capt. Howard, Grecian, Capt. Hamilton, Kingston, Capt. Dunlop, Passport, Capt. Kelly, Magnet, Capt. Fairgrieves, and Champion, Capt. Swales, being all iron boats, with the exception of the Champion. The Spartan, now being completed, will be ready to take her place on the Line by the first of June. It will not be known for some days what the programme of the Company is for the season. At the United States Wharf lie the steamer Huron and propellers Indian and St. Lawrence, of Jacques, Tracy & Co., which, together with the steamer Ottawa and propeller Avon, will form the line of that firm for the coming season. The boats of the firm have been thoroughly overhauled and re-fitted during the winter, and come out in very fine trim. They will make an early start. The new elevator Orb, of Messrs. Anderson & Ford, also lies here, ready for the season's operations. The elevator is a very fine one, and has an elevating capacity of 3,000 bushels per hour. The barges of Messrs. Anderson & Ford are above the bridge. The American Line of Steamers will call at the United States Wharf, and the Cape Vincent, Wolfe Island and Gananoque Ferries start from it. The steamer Watertown, placed on the Bay of Quinte route for the present, leaves this wharf daily for Belleville. The programme of the American Line is not yet known; but as far as is known, the steamers Cataract, Bay State and Ontario will make the trips from Lewiston to Ogdensburgh, where the steamers Lady Elgin and Empress will connect and carry out the connection to Montreal.

At the Canadian Engine and Machinery Company's Wharf is moored the very fine iron steamer Corinthian, of Mr. Gildersleeve, in process of construction. The work is proceeding with wonderful activity, and the steamer will be ready to be placed on the route between Coburg and Rochester by the first of June. The machinery, boilers, etc., are nearly all in, and a large number of men are at work on the upper decks, which is progressing rapidly. The steamer has a remarkably fine appearance, and when finished, no doubt, will be the handsomest boat on the Lakes.

At Jas. H. Henderson & Co.'s Wharf lies the propeller Brantford, fitting out for a start. The Line of the firm will consist this year of the propeller Brantford and steamer Osprey, the latter being now in Halifax, which will ply the same as last season. The elevator Weston, of the firm, is fitted out for service, and the fifteen fine large barges of the firm will be used for the grain trade between Kingston and Montreal. The firm received a great check last season, owing to the loss of two of their boats. It will be remembered that the propeller West was totally lost below Quebec while making a trip to Halifax, and the steamer George Moffatt was driven ashore near Bowmanville. Mr. Henderson, one of the firm, has visited the steamer to see if she can possibly be raised.

On the Marine Railway is the steamer Bay of Quinte, which has received full and extensive repairs during the winter, and comes off the Railway almost a new boat. She has been considerably strengthened, and has had her hull repaired. She will shortly be able to resume her trips on the Bay of Quinte. On the Railway is also the elevator Sampson, of Glassford, Jones & Co., which has been repaired in the hull and will come out quite new.

Near the Railway is the propeller Avon, of Jacques, Tracy & Co., which is being re-fitted and painted, and the schooner Helen, which has been ready for a start for some days.

Near Messrs. Davidson & Doran's Foundry are the propeller East and steamer Ranger, owned last season by Messrs. Black & Co., of Montreal, and sold during the winter, together with the propeller Whitby. They are re-fitting, and will be ready in a few days.

At Portsmouth is moored the ship Narborough, launched on Tuesday from Mr. Berry's ship-yard. The ship is a very fine one, and being very large, is quite a contrast to the small schooners and barges around her. She is being rigged for ocean service, and will be ready in a month or so to leave for Liverpool. On the stocks in Mr. Berry's yard are four other large vessels, larger than the Narborough, two of which are nearly completed, one being planked and one being ribbed. Mr. Berry employs a great number of ship carpenters and the work on the ships is progressing rapidly. It is expected to have the vessels all off the stocks by the first of September. At Portsmouth is also the propeller Whitby. There are several small schooners and some barges of Mr. Berry's at Portsmouth, which make up its quota.

We shall endeavor to give the shipping at Garden Island, a most important part of the Harbor, a notice in a future issue.

p.3 The Convention of Vessel Owners - actions repudiated in Chicago. [Milwaukee Sentinel]

-Imports - 5.

-Marine - For Gananoque - str. Pierrepont made first trip.

-The Ice At the Straits - will delay navigation. [Chicago Journal]

-The City of Toronto- made first trip to Lewiston.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1865