p.3 York July 20th
On Saturday evening, a schooner of about 60 tons built for Mr. Oates and others, was launched in this port. She went off in very fine style until she reached the water, where, from some defect in her ways, her progress was checked, and from the lateness of the hour, she could not be freed from the impediment before the next morning, when she glided into the bay in safety. Those who are judges, say that it is a very fine vessel of the class.
It is now several years since any launch has been here, it therefore, although so small a vessel, attracted a good deal of attention.
Were rope manufactories established on this side of the Lake, together with the working of the rich iron mines that exist in the neighborhood the construction of vessels might be carried on with much greater facility than at any former period, particularly when we consider the great reduction in the price of labor arising from the rapid increase of our population. That the soil and the climate are admirably adapted to the culture of hemp; was fully proved by the exportation of many tons from this port previous to the late war. The cultivation of it would have no doubt continued, had not the general peace in Europe, caused the profit of hemp sent to England from this Province to be very precarious. But in the event of another war either in Europe or this part of America, an established and extensive cultivation of that important article would be equally beneficial to the individual and to the government.. This can only be effected by the domestic manufacture of the raw material which is much facilitated by recent improvements in the necessary implements. No person however ought to embark in such an undertaking without a sufficient capital. [U.C. Gazette]