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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1847

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The most active preparations are making for this important branch of business. Several new Firms are being organized. Amongst others, our enterprising townsman, J.H. Greer, in connection with our old and respected friend, Captain Colcleugh, who commanded the Princess Royal, known to all travellers as one of the most attentive and business like captains on Lake Ontario. The firm of Glassford & Smith are also engaged in making busy preparations; their office will be that occupied last year by Jones & Walker, in Ontario St. James A. Walker, late of the firm of Jones & Walker, has taken the capacious stores on the Marine Railway, under the firm of J.A. Walker & Co. E. Brown & Co., from Hamilton, have taken the stores and premises lately occupied by J. Counter, Esq. and will no doubt from their connections both at Toronto and Hamilton, do a large business.

The old firm of Macpherson & Crane are making great preparations, and Capt. Gildersleeve is about to build a new Steamer on the most improved principles, adapted for the altered circumstances of the times. A new Steam Vessel of large dimensions is also building for Mr. Bethune in our Marine Railway yard, so constructed as to pass through all the locks in the entire navigation. The old firm of Hooker, Henderson & Co. are also fully prepared; and the Quebec Company are equally on the alert. New wharves are being erected, and the greatest activity is apparent from one end of the City to the other. Mr. Counter is building a large store on his new wharf.

There is scarcely a house to be procured of any size in the city, and upwards of thirty applications have been made to the Corporation for leave to lay down building material for new erections.

We are happy to report that the Bethel Society, after some considerable exertion, has obtained a house for a Sailor's Home, and is now in course of fitting it up for that purpose. This establishment is to be a benevolent institution, but not as a gratuitous charity. It is expected that those who reside at the house will as a general thing pay their board; while the stranger, the worthy objects of charity, the destitute and shipwrecked mariner, will meet with a welcome within its doors, and share freely in its hospitality. [News]



We yesterday took it into our head to visit the neighbourhood of the wharves of the city, to see what was there going on. Proceeding in a direct line from our mansion to the River, we reached the

Marine Railway.

We found this fine establishment as full of business as ever - the axe and caulking iron resounding merrily everywhere. At present there is one of the finest freight boats on the Stocks, we have ever seen. She is being built for the Mail Line on the Lake. Her length is 140 feet, breadth 26 feet, depth of hold 10 1/2 feet. She will be propelled by a splendid low-pressure engine, and is intended for both the Lake and River. Having made enquiries of those well qualified to judge, we find that no establishment in this country turns out better work than the Kingston Railway: as some proof of which we may state that the spirited proprietor has this year had more work offered to him than he could undertake to finish before the Spring. We have, moreover, every reason to believe that the vessel the dimensions of which we have just given, is but the first of a large line to be built in his ship-yard.

The Steamers Wm. the Fourth and City of Kingston have wintered in this Railway: the former is being refitted for towing, and is the best Tow-Boat on these waters; the latter, the property of John H. Greer, Esq., has received a thorough and expensive overhaul, which will render her much better adapted not only for the Bay of Quinte, but for the River St. Lawrence.

The Prince of Wales lies at the wharf, ready for her route on the Bay, under the charge of her popular master, Captain Crysler.

One of the River Mail Line, the Henry Gildersleeve, has also been laid up during the winter, at this place. She will be ably commanded, as before, by Capt. Maxwell.

We had no conception, until informed by Mr. Fowler, that so much money was circulated by his establishment: he has paid during the past winter over $5000 to the farmers in the neighborhood of Kingston, for timber and knees, and his pay-list averages over $350 per week.

Proceeding from the Marine Railway we took a view of other establishments. We have no space today, however, to devote to a description of the observations we made regarding them, as two very long Corporation advertisements have occupied the room we intended for that description. We shall proceed with the subject next publication day. We would here only observe that we found the Harbour in a most disgraceful state, all the accumulated rubbish and filth of the by-gone year having been deposited in the slips, to fill up the Harbour and render nauseous the water used by the inhabitants. [Argus]

ad - M.T. Hunter, Ship Chandler, No. 1 Hardy's Buildings, Ontario St.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1847