p.2 Another Watson Cutter For Toronto - Mr. George H. Gooderham getting new racing yacht designed by G.F. Watson of Glasgow; already two Watson yachts in Toronto - the Vreda and Aileen (details).
Given The Contract - The Bertram Engine Co., Toronto, through their agent, A.R. Milne, has received the contract of compounding the engines of the steambarge Nichol, owned by Capt. Hinckley. Mr. Milne went to Toronto on Saturday to look after the affair.
Capt. Burns has still an interest in the excursion steamer Columbia, out of Buffalo, and will run her next year.
The managers of the forwarding companies expect a pretty busy season. There is a lot of grain to come down.
Capt. A. Welsh, who has charge of the coal docks at Amherstburg, is in the city. He is looking after trade for that port next year.
Tell Them The News.
Kingston, Feb. 19th - To The Editor:
At a meeting of the property committee of the city council in Toronto, held last Thursday, the question of building a dry-dock came up, and Capt. Crangle supported the proposal, and claimed that the Don dry-dock was a failure, but if a proper dock was constructed a great deal of work would be done. On the Canadian side of the great lakes there were at present no docks for the proper repair of the large class of vessels now engaged in the Canadian trade. The result of this was that big ships had to go to the American side for repairs, but when the repaired vessels came back the dominion government charged a duty of 35 per cent on these repairs, although the work could not possibly be done in Canada. No one present at the meeting made any reply.
As captains of vessels on Lake Ontario do not yet know that there is a dry-dock of great capacity at Kingston, I think that some means should be taken to inform them of the fact.
p.4 Toledo To The Sea - Feb. 19th - G.F. Jacques, of Montreal, and A.B. Mackay, of Hamilton, are in this city with a view to establishment of a steamboat line between Toledo and Montreal. They have decided to put on the steamers Acadia and Melbourne, and will make connections at the Canadian port with ocean steamers for Liverpool and other ports.