p.2 The Caroline Outrage and the McLeod Affair
THE NIAGARA DOCK COMPANY.
[Niagara Chronicle 25th March]
The workmen of the Niagara Harbor and Dock Company, about 250 in number, are busily engaged in preparing for business the various vessels now in course of being repaired in that extensive establishment.
The new mail steamer the City of Toronto, to be commanded by Captain Dick, is so nearly finished that no doubt exists of her being ready by the 10th of April, although the contract does not commence until the 20th of that month. All the vessels to form this line are, or will be built by the Niagara Dock Company. They are the Niagara, City of Toronto, and Princess Royal. The last mentioned will be on the stocks in a day or two. Her materials are all ready, but some delay has been experienced in consequence of her timbers having been subjected to the Kyanizing process which is believed to possess highly preservative qualities. The Niagara was built here last year, and is a beautiful, speedy and strong vessel. No expense nor labour has been spared on the City of Toronto, she will be as splendid a specimen of naval architecture as almost any country can exhibit. She is the exact model of the Acadia, one of the Halifax mail steamers, and is ship rigged; her length is 168 feet, beam 24 feet depth of hold in the clear, 11 feet; she has two powerful engines of over a hundred horse power, her shafts and cranks are of wrought iron, and were imported from Glasgow, which in the manufacture of such articles is unrivalled. Her cabins will be fitted up with splendour and will possess every possible conveniency. Indeed every thing which skill or cash could accomplish towards rendering the City of Toronto safe, speedy and elegant, has been done, and we heartily wish her enterprising owners the success they merit. We have omitted in a proper place to mention that her figure head is an Indian Chief, with a tomahawk in one hand and a knife in the other, looking furious enough to frighten an army of "pale faces," and standing six feet three inches in his moccasins. It was carved in the river Clyde by an eminent artist.
The vessels forming the mail line will extend their trips to Niagara.
The steamers Cobourg and Gore have been undergoing repairs at the Dock, and are nearly ready for business. The Burlington is expected in a day or two for a like purpose; she has been sold to Messrs. Hooker & Henderson and is going below.
The Dock Company are building a fleet of twelve Barges for one of the new Forwarding Companies. There are now seven 7 on the stocks; two are already launched, and the remainder will be proceeded with immediately. Each of these Barges is about 80 feet long, and will contain a vast quantity of goods.
p.3 The Steamer Burlington was destroyed by fire on the 30th ult. at the Government Wharf at Toronto.