Three Thousand People Were Present
Fully three thousand people of the city and surrounding district made their way to the yards of the Kingston Shipbuilding company, Tuesday afternoon, to witness the launching of the first boat which the company has turned out since locating at Kingston. A raised platform near the gate was reserved for friends of the members of the company, while the upper storey of the commodious building, alongside where the launching took place, was used as a lookout.
It had been expected that officials of the company who reside in Collingwood, Barrie and Duluth, would be present, but yesterday W.J. Fair, secretary-treasurer of the company, received a telegram saying that they could not be present, so it was purely a Kingston affair.
The Polana was not completed, the hull and cabins being the only work done. None of the machinery has been installed, as that will be done now that it is in the dock. Union jacks floated from the bow and stern, while from the first cabin floated a green penant with the initials of the commission "Government Quarantine Service" painted on.
A few minutes after three o'clock Capt. E.R. Hale, W.J. Fair and other leading citizens ascended the raised platform at the bow of the boat. Mayor Graham was called upon to say a few words to the people......W.F. Nickle, M.P.P., in a short speech......
The boat was blocked up on a carriage, all ready to start, and with the loosening of a few cables, the vessel started down the incline. Little Miss Helen Hale smashed the bottle of champagne on the prow, and the boat slid gracefully into the water, sideways. The great quantity of ice in the dock prevented the water from splashing as much as it might have, yet it produced quite a wave. Thus the first steel boat launching which has ever taken place in Kingston, was carried out, and the thousands who congregated to witness the event went home satisfied.