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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1898

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Another fine addition to the M.T. company's fleet of barges was launched from the company's shipyard, foot of Ontario street, this afternoon. She who slid buoyantly and gracefully into the waters of Cataraqui bay, is not constructed wholly of steel, as her two recent predecessors, but of wood and steel combined. Her dimensions are 180 feet long by thirty-six foot beam by twelve feet deep, with a capacity of 50,000 bushels of grain on the lake and 32,000 bushels at river St. Lawrence draught. The launch was made without a noticeable hitch and as she gradually descended from the ways L. Spencer Henderson, son of Lawrence Henderson, gave the name of "Kingston" breaking the bottle of champagne on her bow according to the usual custom. The tugs Jessie Hall, Glide and James A. Walker with Capt. Gaskin on board, assisted in starting the monster craft from her resting place and towed her to the company's docks at the foot of Queen street after the successful launch.



Dr. Black's yacht Kestrel was launched at Portsmouth on Thursday.

J. Hurley has purchased the sloop Rover and will sail her in the sand trade.

This morning the steamer Cambria, owned by Donnelly Bros., left the port of Sarnia for Port Colborne, where she will remain until the canal opens. She will reach the latter port tomorrow afternoon. Capt. Booth, jr., is in command.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived from Wolfe Island last night with hay and oats for W. Peters.

The K. & M.F. company's barge Jet was launched this afternoon from the company's marine ways at Portsmouth. The barge Beauport will descend into the water on Tuesday.

James Stewart, local manager for the K. & M. F. company, and Capt. Gaskin, outside manager for the M.T. company, have been notified by the government that the Welland canal and St. Lawrence river canals will be opened for traffic on Monday, April 25th.

p.6 General Paragraphs - Capt. J.H. Scott has renovation and refitting well under way on the propeller Persia and expects to start the season on April 25th.

The propellor Ocean, under Capt. J.V. Trowell, will sail on either April 27th or May 4th.

This afternoon Capt. Donnelly received a telegram from Detroit to the effect that the steamer Cambria had passed that point at eleven o'clock, on her way down to Port Colborne.

The Steamer Lost No Time - The steamer New Island Wanderer made a very quick round trip on the Cape Vincent route this morning. The speedy steamer left Cape Vincent for this port at 7:15 o'clock, landed here, handled considerable baggage and reached the Cape again at 10:20 o'clock, just three hours and five minutes. On the round trip she covered fully forty four miles, and made a very quick passage.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1898