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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1875

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p.2 W.C. - 5.

The Wreckers - One of Messrs. Calvin & Breck's steamers is yet at work on the schooner Jessie Macdonald, driven ashore on Belle's Island in the gale of Thursday night last. Another steamer will be required to help. This evening a relief expedition is to start for the schr. Babineau & Gaudry, driven ashore at Amherst Island in that big blow of all last fall.


This new propeller is undergoing the finishing touches at Messrs. Davidson, Doran & Co's foundry wharf. She is a handsome boat in model, but is still more praiseworthy in her style of construction. The Africa, her immediate predecessor on the same stocks, following a fine fleet of vessels and propellers, has been found to be one of the most staunch and tidy boats on the lakes, easy to handle, and with carrying capacity unusual for her length and breadth of beam. The Cuba is destined, according to present anticipations, to excel the Africa in the good qualities which commend themselves to owners, and a successful career is doubtless before her. She is in length 143 feet; in beam 261 feet; depth of hold 12 feet; of hard timber, is built extra strong, her clamps being tabled, double shelf faces and extra fastened. Her boiler and engines have been supplied by Messrs. Davidson, Doran & Co., of the Kingston Foundry, who have been so successful in this line of work. The Cuba was built by order of Mr. John Proctor, of Hamilton, and Capt. Patterson, of this city, who will put her upon lake and river service as soon as she shall be ready for it.

Messrs. Power & Sons deserve more than a passing notice for the superiority of their ship building work and the high rating which their vessels attain. For strength of construction and neat lines at the same time, there are few boats which anywhere can excel their latest production. Mr. Wm. Power, the veteran member has the first rank in the province as a builder, for not only does his reputation sustain him but he can display (though he has shown an undue modesty so far in not doing so publicly) an uncommonly fine silver medal awarded by the Emperor Napoleon III as the first prize in marine architecture, won by Mr. Power over 318 competitors at the Paris exposition of 1855, at which he showed three models, an inland steamboat, a clipper ship and an ocean steamship. The honor of such an award on pure merit is one of which, we learn, he is justly proud, and Kingston with the revival of her ship building and repairing trade, as guaranteed by the promised early completion of the new graving dock, is fortunate in having at the head of her marine railway and dry dock an artisan not only of provincial but of more than continental repute.

p.3 A Loss - sch. Anglo-Saxon driven ashore on Lake Erie.

The First Raft - sent by Calvin & Breck to Quebec.

Imports - 5.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1875