The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Aug 1865

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p.3 Marine Items - arrivals and departures (part) - The tug Advance arrived from Cape Vincent with the barge Crosby, light, in tow on Wednesday night. The following vessels reported yesterday, having arrived at Garden Island:- Barque Republic, Toledo, walnut lumber; Brig Lafayette Cook, Lake St. Clair, timber. The barges Clyde and St. Lawrence (in tow of tug Matamoras) from Saugeen with timber, have also arrived.

The Launch at Portsmouth - Mr. Berry's new ship Sparkenhoe was launched on Wednesday afternoon at Portsmouth, but unfortunately not so successfully as might be expected. Owing to the shallowness of the water in the bay, the ship on leaving the ways did not right instantly, but stuck in the mud at the bottom. Fortunately the cradle of the ways held fast to the vessel and came in contact with the mud, or some injury might have been caused to the ship. A great crowd of persons witnessed the launch. The christening ceremony was performed by Miss Yates, of Kingston. The Sparkenhoe glided most gracefully off the ways, and made the prettiest launch of the whole of Mr. Berry's vessels. The tug William was in waiting to tow her to her moorings, but her services were not required. The Sparkenhoe's dimensions are:-Length, 193 feet; breadth of beam, 37 1/2 feet; depth of hold, 24 feet; registered tonnage, 1,223 tons. She is the largest vessel of Mr. Berry's class, and is iron kneed, copper fastened, and otherwise built very strong. She will be ship rigged, wire rigging being used as far as practicable. She makes the sixth vessel built for Mr. Berry at Portsmouth within the last two years, her predecessors being the Ayleston, Braunstone, Narborough, Knighton, and Rothley, with an aggregate tonnage of about 6,000 tons. When it is taken in account how many men are kept constantly employed in building these ships, it will be seen that a great deal of money is launched into the city. There are at present three vessels on the ways in Mr. Berry's yard, two of which are far enough advanced to be launched this fall. The frame of the other is nearly completed, but she will not be ready for launching till spring. Mr. Berry does not intend going on with building any more ships at present, but it is to be hoped he will not discontinue building altogether. The Sparkenhoe will be sent to Quebec as soon as she can get out of the present difficulty, where she will be equipped for sea.

The Corinthian - The cylinder to replace the one broken by the late accident to this steamer, has arrived from Dundas, where it has been cast for Mr. Gildersleeve. The cylinder is as fine a piece of workmanship as was ever turned out of a foundry, which speaks well for the enterprise of the village. The Corinthian will be ready to resume her trips shortly after the first of September.

-The American Express Line - very busy, to get 2 more steamers.

-Imports - 23,24.

-New Tug Steamer - boilers arrive at Sorel. [Montreal Transcript]

-Loss of the Schooner A. Frederick - foundered 20 miles W.S.W. of Grand Haven. [Chicago Journal]

-Vessels Cleared From Chicago From Canadian Ports - Aug. 19.

-Vessels Passed Through Welland Canal - 23.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Aug 1865