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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1873

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p.2 V.P.T.W.C. - 10.

-The Spartan Ashore - a short distance below Nine Mile Point, lightened, pulled off by Pierrepont; "The wooden casing to the iron plate of the Spartan's hull saved her from a dangerous leak. It is a good protection."

-the Simcoe Island light is a reality.

-Marine - sch. Eliza Fisher jettisoned part of deck load of lumber because of a small fire; arrivals and departures listed.

-Launches On Saturday - The Africa and Gatineau

On Saturday afternoon about five o'clock and quite close to the hour appointed, the propeller Africa was launched from the ways of the Marine Railway. She is owned and will be commanded by Capt. Patterson, of this city, who had the misfortune to lose by fire last fall the fine propeller China, built on the same ways and in similar style the winter previous. They were intended as sister boats, the contract for the Africa having been given out before the China was burnt. The Africa is a superior boat, and will be a model of good build as well as a very remunerative carrier. She is 143 feet in length, 26 feet and a quarter in breadth of beam, and 11 feet 8 inches deep in hold amidships. She is extra fastened, and her clamps are put together in the manner known as tabling; her strength, therefore, will be unusual. Her lines are neat and her general appearance quite handsome. Her cabin and state-rooms for passengers are most convenient, and deckroom ample. The Africa glided very gracefully from the ways amid considerable cheering, the baptismal ceremony being performed by Miss Falconer, of Kingston. The new candidate for nautical distinction sat as gracefully in the water as a duck, only twice as captivating. She was taken in charge by a tug and towed into Messrs. Davidson & Doran's wharf, where she will receive her new low pressure engine, and be ready for her trips between Montreal and Western ports on the 1st of June. We wish Captain Patterson and the Africa a succession of prosperous seasons.

To Mr. Power, of the Marine Railway, great credit is due for the building of the propeller. His work is not to be surpassed, and he is about to lay the keel of a steam barge for Mr. C.F. Gildersleeve.

On Saturday afternoon, at three o'clock, three hundred persons assembled at Brewer's Mills, to witness the launch of the new steam barge Gatineau, owned by Mr. R. Anglin, and built by Mr. D.J. Ainslie. The launch was very successful, and the Gatineau is herself an equal success. She will be a fine, serviceable boat - a credit to the Rideau and her builder.


The Steamer "Maud"

One of the most pleasant trips that we have taken recently was from Cape Vincent to Kingston on the ferry-boat Maud, which is one of the finest and best boats of her size that is to be found on the river. She was built in Kingston in 1872 and is therefore entirely new, and in first-class order. Her engine is what is known as "compound" - working on both high and low pressure, is a fine piece of machinery, and successfully run by Mr. Wm. Derry, engineer. It runs ordinarily at the rate of 65 revolutions per minute, which gives a speed of about 12 miles per hour, - a trifle faster than the Pierrepont. Among the improvements upon the style of boats that have heretofore run on this route is the spacious upper deck extending over the entire length, and affording a pleasant promenade, - a dining-room on the main deck, easy of access, and handsomely furnished; a cabin which is to be furnished with Brussels carpets and a piano; and a covered space for freight, etc. forward of the shaft. The engine is placed under the dining-room, out of the way, and thus affording additional room. Capt. C. Hinckley, Jr., formerly of the Pierrepont, has charge of her this season, and it is but due him to say that no better choice could have been made. Fred Folger, the affable and gentlemanly purser, is the right man in the right place, while Elliot, the steward, pleases every body by the manner in which he manages his department. With such a boat and such management the season cannot fail to be a successful one, and with the privileges and low prices offered to the Cape Vincent people (as usual), the boat becomes one of their most popular "fixtures", and will undoubtedly be well patronized by them. [Watertown Dispatch]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1873