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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 14, 1837

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p.2 Welland Canal Company bills to be taken up by Upper Canada Bank. [Montreal Gazette]

Niagara Harbour & Dock Co. - We lately had an opportunity of inspecting the works of the Niagara Harbour & Dock Company, and as we believe many of our readers are quite unaware of their magnitude we make no apology for giving a brief description of a portion thereof, and first as to


This section of the Company's property which occupies an area of about five acres in extent is entirely set apart for the purpose of building vessels, and is well provided with every requisite material and apparatus, constantly employing about thirty men. There is now on the stocks (building for Mr. Lockhart under the superintendence of Mr. Gilkinson) a steam boat intended for the Lake trade; in length she measures 119 feet, in extreme length 129 feet, and in breadth of beam 19 1/2 feet; she will be worked by two engines of twenty-five horsepower each, and is expected to be ready for launching early in December. All the metallic work requisite for the boat will be cast in

The Foundry,

a large brick building 80 feet long by 40 feet wide, containing two furnaces, capable of casting about three tons of metal, which are blasted by steam operating on a fan, through a communication under ground of thirty yards in length. In this department 37 men are employed, and orders of any magnitude or construction, from a steam boat cylinder to a fire grate - from a mill wheel to a plough share - are executed with the greatest celerity. Among a number of agricultural implements recently manufactured by the Company we observe a quantity of machinery for cutting hay and straw - a process which effects a great saving for the farmer in the article of provender. On


which is worked by a steam engine of considerable power, vessels of any burthen can in ordinary circumstances be drawn up from the river, high and dry, in the space of half an hour, and from the number of men employed to their own works, which of course give place to others, the Company, in almost all cases, can complete any repairs within the 48 hours allowed vessels to remain on the cradle. In


thirty vessels can find a commodious and safe harbor during the winter months, and be provided with sufficient and secure storage in the Company's warehouses.

There is not, we believe, a single port on the Lake possessing half the advantages for wintering vessels that are presented by the Niagara Dock Company. For, in addition to the security and convenience of the Harbour, it is clearly manifest, as we saw proved last spring, that schooners and steam boats can run hence to Toronto, etc. full a month before most other ports are open.

The reader will observe by an advertisement in another column that the Company have recently lowered their rate of charges very materially. [Niagara Chronicle]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 14, 1837