A BUSY COMPANY.
The Montreal transportation company, through Capt. John Gaskin, gave a contract yesterday to the Kingston foundry to build two fore and aft compound engines for the tug Bronson, and a new tug to be built, the engines to be ready to place in the tugs next spring.
The company this winter will build two large steel barges at a cost of $75,000, and a new tug to replace the Walker, which foundered two years ago. Capt. Gaskin says he can employ all the ship carpenters in the city from now until spring. There will be no scarcity of work if men want it.
The M.T. company tugs Thomson and Hall are at present undergoing repairs in the government dry dock. When they are completed next week, the S.S. Bannockburn will enter the dock and remain for the winter, receiving extensive repairs.
The whole M.T. company fleet of fifty vessels is laid up at Kingston, and thousands of dollars will be expended again this winter in repairs.
p.6 Edward Freeman yesterday brought to the city a car load of timber for the Canada forwarding company, to be used in repairing their vessels at Portsmouth. He will supply two or three more loads.
It was Robert and not Thomas, Gaskin, who returned home from Buffalo yesterday, where the boat, on which he had been sailing as mate, was laid up for the season.
The task of discharging the schooner Augusta of 1,500 tons of coal at the locomotive works wharf, was finished this afternoon.
The steamer Chieftain, frozen in at Trenton, will be stripped and winter there.