The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1866

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p.2 Arrest of Supposed Disinfectants - crew of Minetta thought to be Fenians.

-Unfortunate Accident - a sailor from one of Capt. Gaskin's vessels had thigh broken by coil of wire rigging he was rolling on board the Gazelle.

-Atlantic Wharf - The Steamer Bay of Quinte - This first class steamer lies at the foot of Princess Street alongside of the Atlantic wharf, awaiting a general opening of navigation to make a move and resume her trips on the Bay of Quite, between Belleville and Kingston. She has received some necessary general repairs, besides having been painted above and below deck, exterior and interior. Her saloon has been handsomely fitted up, and she comes out this season a perfect model of neatness. Having but recently been thoroughly overhauled in strength and build, she is as good as new in those particulars. Capt. Carrell again commands the Bay of Quinte this season, and under his management and experience, she is in excellent hands. With little or no opposition the Bay of Quinte must take the lead this year, in the passenger and freight business of the Bay ports.

-The Steamer Osprey - This steamer lying near the Bay of Quinte, is fitting out for service between Hamilton and Montreal. She has been chartered for the season by Capt. Frank Patterson, the energetic and enterprising lake captain, who is preparing her for sea in a style highly commendable. The Osprey is one of the most staunch and commodious steamers on the lakes and perfectly sea worthy, a proof of which was her very successful trip to Halifax and New York last summer. She will call regularly at the St. Lawrence wharf for freight and passengers, and sail at stated hours. We can highly recommend the Osprey as a passenger steamer, being fitted up with spacious and elegant saloon and state rooms. Her forward deck is one of the most commodious on the lakes. We hope Capt. Patterson will be successful in reaping a good harvest out of his vessel this season, and that he will be fully repaid for his trouble in fitting her out so handsomely. Capt. Patterson has already secured a cargo of pig iron, the first charter of the season, and will make a trip to Hamilton about the beginning of next week.

The United States Wharf - The American Express Line - The Ontario Steamboat Company again place their three large and commodious steamers - Ontario, Capt. Estes; Bay State, Capt. Morley; and Cataract, Capt. Ledyard - on the route between Lewiston and Ogdensburg, connecting at the latter port with the river steamers Lord Elgin and Empress for Montreal. The lake steamers are fitting out at Oswego and Charlotte, and being refurbished in a substantial manner. The Line will commence this season's trips shortly after the First of May, calling at Messrs. Anderson & Ford's wharf regularly after that date. As soon as the extensive docks at Charlotte are completed it is the intention of the Ontario Steamboat Company to build a new lake steamer to replace the Cataract - and fit her up in a superb style far in advance of their present steamers, though the latter are models in themselves. The American Express Line is still under the superintendence of Capt. H.N. Throop, a very energetic and enterprising Manager.

Mr. Gildersleeve's New Wharf - Mr. Chas. F. Gildersleeve has made quite an extensive addition since the winter set in, to the old wharf at the foot of Princess Street, known, from its recent connection with the Law Courts, as that formerly occupied by Mr. Robert J. Jordan. The old wharf, which was a small and dilapidated affair at best, has been thoroughly overhauled, newly faced, and filled in, and an addition of two hundred feet added. The dock now extends as far into the water as Mr. Berry's wharf, and makes a very important addition to that part of the harbor. The new wharf has been built of the strongest timbers and in the most substantial manner, the intention being to make it a permanent structure. Mr. Gildersleeve finished the wharf for his own especial benefit, having extensively engaged in the wood and lumber trade. Great quantities of both materials are awaiting shipment on Opinicon Lake and other points on the Rideau Canal. To convey this stuff to Kingston Mr. Gildersleeve has secured a fleet of barges, which will be constantly arriving and discharging at the new dock. A good deal of the wood will be re-shipped to other ports. Mr. Gildersleeve's dock will be a great convenience to himself, as well as the general trade of Kingston.

-The Vessels In Port - Since the first appearance of Spring-like weather the sailors belonging to the vessels in port, have been most actively engaged in preparing their craft for the summer campaign. The port, therefore, is full of clean neat and nicely rigged vessels, all ready for a start when opportunity offers. However, the busy noise of preparation is not lost, for there are new alterations and improvements to be made every day, and therefore, the sailors are still actively employed. Capt. Gaskin's two fine barques, the Robert Gaskin and British Lion, were fitted out for immediate service more than a week since. Being new vessels, they required no repairs to the hull, but a general caulking. A fine new coat of green paint has added infinitely to their good appearance. The vessels are entered for Milwaukee, but cannot leave port for a couple of days at least. The barque Water Witch has also been refitted in a handsome manner, by her new and enterprising owners Messrs. James Swift and Samuel Frazer. She has already taken in her ballast and has been prepared for some days to start for Chicago. The barque Arabia is also fitted up for an early passage to the upper lakes, and is now taking in ballast. The schooner Queen of the Lakes, Capt. Taylor, is also fitting out in fine style for the upper Lakes. Her beautiful model is greatly improved by a new coat of black paint. The schooner Princess Alexandra, Capt. Middleton, has received extensive repairs to her decks and beams and is materially strengthened. She has been rigged out for immediate service on Lake Ontario. The schooner Governor, Capt. Taylor, is also receiving the ordinary outfit. The following vessels are repairing and refitting in the usual manner - schooners Caroline, Despatch, Feu Follett, America, Canada, Ellen, and H.S. Jones. The whole of these will have left the port by the beginning of next week at farthest, and by that time scarcely a boat at all will be left in the harbor.

-The First Boat For the Lakes - prop. North leaves with new screw wheel on board.

-Sprung a Leak - Pierrepont to go back on railway.

p.3 Cattle For the States - 500 cattle and sheep carried on Watertown.

-First Vessels Through the Welland Canal - a list of vessels which passed through on 17th.

-The Prescott - a new ferry boat running between Prescott and Ogdensburg; built from the old steamer Jean Baptiste; the New York laid up for repairs.

-Launch - new steamer Consort launched at Ottawa for Ottawa River Nav. Co., built by A. Cantin; 166 x 25 (43' extreme breadth) x 8; this is the 127th steamer built by Cantin.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1866