The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1875

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p.2 A Canadian Plimsoll - an editorial on the article in Montreal paper about the Algerian.

W.C. - 19.

p.3 Swift's Wharf - a list of steamers which called.

Bound Up - The steamer Algerian, which was recently injured by striking Split Rock, has been repaired and again placed in readiness for service. She is expected to go on her upward trip tomorrow.

Regatta - International Regatta to be held at Charlotte on 3d September.


Very satisfactory progress is being made in the construction of this important work. It is an enterprise of greater magnitude than many imagine, and hence, to perfect it and carry out the design of Mr. Power, much time as well as labour are required. The marine community must hail the completion of the dock as a great boon to them. It is what has been wanted for many years, there being nothing of the kind heretofore between Port Dalhousie and Montreal, consequently it will be seen how valuable it will be in more respects than one, being a convenience which vessel men will surely properly estimate, while it will retain and bring trade to this port which in times past has been diverted elsewhere, and simply because Kingston did not possess the facilities that it should. The venture was one which entailed heavy expenditure - too much for a single individual to undertake. Satisfied of its necessity and of its pecuniary benefit Mr. Power, as the chief of a company - (the dry dock being distinct from the Marine Railway) - entered upon the scheme with a determination to succeed, and the accomplishment of that worthy object seems nigh at hand. When our local editor called around yesterday, and made an examination of the work, he found the coffer dam nearly completed. It will be ready for pumping out in a few days, preparatory to the completion of the sills. The dimensions of the dock are: Length, 300 feet; width, 61 feet; depth of water, 16 feet; width of gates, 45 feet. A centrifugal pump (American manufacture) will empty the dock when required. This pump will be situated in a chamber on the west side of the dock, and will discharge at the rate of 30,000 gallons per minute, into a flume 10 feet below the surface of the water. Its suction pipe measures 30 inches in diameter; its discharge pipe 22+ inches. It will be worked by a steam engine, now building at the Kingston Foundry, 100 horse power. The pump, however, is already on hand, ready for being placed in position. The location is such that it is not an easy matter to build such a structure, but Mr. Power appears to have surmounted every difficulty, and judging from appearances the dock will be ready for use before the close of navigation. The advantage of the dock is generally acknowledged, and with the enlargement of the Welland Canal its value will be recognized the more. The work is not temporary, but substantial, solid and permanent, and fully deserves all the encouragement which can be bestowed upon it by marine men, the citizens of Kingston, and even the Government. The latter could not fail to appreciate its importance and usefulness if any of their steamers or craft needed repairing, which can only be done by its use. When finished Mr. Power anticipates fruitful results. We hope his expectations may be realized.

The schooner Newcastle, that went ashore on the False Ducks, was got off by Mr. John Watters, of South Bay Point without the aid of a tug. She is not damaged.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1875