The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1873

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p.1 Belleville council leased to Messrs. Andrew & Pope for 10 years the stone storehouse and docks for a coal yard, to bring coal from Cleveland by barges Kincardine and David Andrews.

p.2 V.P.T.W.C. - 17.

-The John Power - this sloop yacht was built 3 years ago in Kingston, bought and renamed Foam. [Globe]

-The Steamers - a short list of arrivals and departures.

-The New Propeller Africa - The new propeller Africa, which has just been completed by Messrs. William Power & Son, of Kingston, for John Proctor, Esq., of Hamilton, and Captain Paterson, of Kingston, arrived in port yesterday, and we can confidently pronounce her the "queen of all" afloat upon our waters. The Africa is built as large as the Welland Canal will permit of, and as far as model, material, skillful workmanship and finish are concerned, ranks first-class, and the builders as well as the owners have just reason to be proud of her.

There are many new features introduced in her construction. Her planks are put on tabling - that is dovetailed one into the other, ensuring great strength and durability. The cabin is handsomely fitted up; in fact presents more the appearance of a Mississippi steamer than a lake propeller; it is entirely paneled work, and the graining is something very superior. About forty passengers can be accommodated very comfortably. The engine and machinery were put in by the well known firm of Messrs. Davidson & Doran, of Kingston. It is a low pressure condensing engine; cylinder thirty-six inches diameter, and thirty inches stroke. Capt. Paterson, who will command the vessel, does not need one word of introduction to our readers, as he is known to almost everybody in Hamilton as one of the best and most obliging officers on the lakes. The Africa will, we think, be the fastest propeller afloat in Canada. She made splendid time on her trial trip up, not withstanding that she was perfectly light, and for some hours had to contend against a storm. The first eight miles after leaving Kingston was made in forty minutes, and nearly as good time as this was made during the balance of the run to Hamilton. She belongs to the Merchant Line. [Hamilton Times]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1873