The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Apr 1891

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W. Power, who for many years was proprietor of a shipyard doing a large business, is sixty-three years of age. He is remarkably vigorous. He was born in 1827 on Prince Edward Island and at the age of fourteen years indentured himself in Quebec for seven years to learn the ship building business. When twenty years of age he understood his business so thoroughly that his employers released him from his apprenticeship. Under his superintendence some of the fastest steamers and sailing vessels that have floated on the ocean were built. During a world's fair at Paris he exhibited models of vessels and steamships which carried off first prizes against the ablest competitors then living. Besides building many ships in Quebec, he also built large boats in New York. He drew lines for boats that have sailed on all the existing seas.

While in Quebec he worked for many months, night and day, preparing plans of work in connection with ship building for from 300 to 400 men. During the years he was in Quebec he did more work in a given time than was ever done before or since. He has had much experience in wrecking and has superintended the raising from the river St. Lawrence of some very large boats. Models of boats designed by him are on exhibition in a large (unreadable) Washington. There are few (unreadable) can boast of as (unreadable) in the shipbuilding as (unreadable).


The steamer Maud will go on the route to Cape Vincent next Monday.

The tug Olivia Gordon coaled at Swift's today. She is in fine shape and will be put in service on Monday.

Capt. Eccles has sold his schr. L.D. Bullock to Capt. Edmunds, Port Hope, the consideration being $4,000.

Dock laborers are condemning severely the action of an American who brings Yankee freight handlers here under contract to load hay in cars.

Work at the dry-dock was not carried on today, because of scarcity of timber. No ties being on hand the crib-work could not be continued. As soon as the harbor is clear of ice the timber belonging to the company, floating near the cotton mill, will be towed to the dock, and work will be resumed.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Apr 1891