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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1876

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p.2 Navigation - Pierrepont making trips from Picton to Cape Vincent with sheep, breaking ice.

Dec. 19, 1876

p.3 The Harbor - Pierrepont came from Cape Vincent, but couldn't return; Maud is laid up.

W.W. - Pierrepont got all broken away barges to safe quarters.

Dec. 20, 1876


(To the Editor of the British Whig)

Dear Sir: - There is seldom any project, having for its object the advancement of commerce or prosperity of a city but it will meet with some opposition from one quarter or another; and the Dry Dock in question is no exception to this rule. The dock is owned exclusively by my own family and connections. Outside of them there is no other person forming the Company, consequently "A Citizen," or snake in the grass, is wrong in his statement. And as an Alderman I deem it my duty to promote the interests of the citizens generally, and by endeavoring to construct the Dock here I cannot recommend any work that will be of more lasting benefit to the city. As to its construction, and the workmanship thereon, any practical engineer will bear me out. The bottom is solid limestone and no fissure is within the limits of the dock. When cut, on each side the stone forms a wall and is not like docks that could be named. It will never break down under a heavy weight, and vessels can be taken in loaded as easily as if light. Any master of a vessel will inform you how much better and safer it is to have a vessel docked than it is to be hauled out on the Marine Railway. Any person keeping pace with the march of improvement, and takes into account the large vessels that must come here when the Welland Canal is enlarged, cannot deny the great advantage of a Dry Dock at this harbour. You can imagine vessels coming to this port carrying upwards of 50,000 bushels of wheat in one cargo. These as well as other vessels require repairs. When I say vessels I mean steam or sail. The machinery will require repairs and many other branches of trade will be benefitted by having a Dock at this port; in fact, sir, the harbour is not complete without such a place. As to the amount of stock asked by the Company from the city I am fully satisfied that it will all be refunded by the Dry Dock Company in due time. The town of Owen Sound has paid Mr. John Simpson, shipbuilder, a bonus of $15,000 for a similar purpose, and he also obtained some five acres of land to construct the Dock. The town of St. John's, Quebec, lately took stock in a woolen mill to the amount of $20,000. Now, sir, the Dock we are constructing here will, I am quite certain, be of as much benefit, if not more, to Kingston than the stocks above named are to those respective towns.

The total cost of the Dock will be $38,000. The amount paid out is $13,000; amount subscribed, $10,000; amount required of city will be $15,000; making in all, $38,000.

Kingston, Dec. 20th William Power.

p.3 The Pierrepont - broke ice to Cape Vincent today.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Dec 1876