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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1841

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p.2 Apparatus for Preventing the Explosion of Steam Boilers


Preparations for the opening of navigation are going forward in our Harbour on an unusually extensive scale. The proprietors of Steamers, and the different Forwarding Companies are wide awake, and according to our usual and favorite phrase, the "busy note of preparation," at our wharves, is of a most cheering character.

The Kingston Marine Railway Company - At the Marine Railway Establishment there are two Steam Boats on the Ways, and a Steamer and a Barge on the stocks. The boats on the Ways are the Sir James Kempt, (which has been repaired during the winter,) and the Union, (formerly the Hamilton,) which has been lengthened, and is now a boat of the first class. This vessel is owned by the Ottawa Company, and is intended to ply on the Bay of Quinte. The Steam Boat on the stocks is also owned by the same Company, and is intended for the Rideau Canal, exclusively for passengers; the Barge which is of the first class, is owned by the Railway Company. These Boats will take their destined element as soon as the ice will give room. There has also been erected during the winter, at the same Establishment, the following Piers and Wharves,viz:

one 83 feet long, 20 ft. wide, and sunk in 10 ft. water

one 85 feet long, 22 ft. wide, do 20 ft. water

one 85 feet long, 24 ft. wide, do 23 ft. water

one 38 feet long, 21 ft. wide, do 26 ft. water

one 38 feet long, 21 ft. wide, do 30 ft. water

one 64 feet long, 32 ft. wide, do 32 ft. water

one 150 ft. long, 12 ft. wide, do 8 ft. water.

These Piers and Wharves were built under the immediate superintendence of that most indefatigable friend to improvement and enterprize, Henry Gildersleeve, Esq., the President of the Company, in sixty five days. The range of stone buildings lately leased by the Company to Government for public offices, are ready for occupation.

Steamer St. George - David John Smith, Esq., the enterprising and spirited proprietor of this well known boat, is making very extensive repairs upon her, - embracing new decks and new boilers, by which her speed and convenience will be much increased. She is to form one of the Mail line from Kingston to Toronto,and is to be commanded by that experienced seaman, Captain Twohy.

The Brockville, Capt. Maxwell, is being repaired and painted, and will be ready on the opening of the navigation to take her place in the Mail line, on the River route, in connection with the Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Bowen.

The Commodore, Capt. Patterson, is receiving a new coat, and will, as we before stated, be a daily boat between this port and Oswego.

In addition to the new boats building at this place, already mentioned, the Messrs. Ives have a steamer on the stocks, destined we believe for the Canal - and which is to receive the Queenston's engine. The model of this vessel is somewhat novel, but from the well-known talents of her proprietors, we have no doubt of her "going ahead."

The Ottawa Company have also built a new barge on their own premises, which will take her station in their fleet on the opening of the navigation. It is not to be denied that the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company, under the able management of Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, have proved among the best and steadiest benefactors to the Kingston community. We understand on undoubted authority, that the Company have added to their Stock during the past season not less than £25,000, and when we say their expenses for the last year at this end of the route, exceeded the enormous sum of £15,000, chiefly spent in the Town and neighborhood, we think we are borne out in the assertion we set out with.

Portsmouth - Wm. Dickson & Co., have improved this splendid harbour, by raising their protecting pier at its mouth, thereby rendering it the most desirable haven for safety, to be found in this vicinity; they are also preparing their vessels for the spring trade.

Messrs. McLeod and Logan have built a first class barge at Portsmouth, during the past winter.

Extensive preparations are also making to accommodate the great increase of our Commercial Marine. Messrs. Hooker & Henderson are "clearing away for action" in the rear of their already very extensive and really splendid warehouses - and are about adding a new stone store to their premises.

Messrs. H. & S. Jones, not being able to obtain accommodation enough in the Town, for their extensive business, have purchased three or four acres of Mr. A. McDoo's farm in Pittsburgh, about three miles from Town, (on the St. Lawrence) where they are erecting large wharfs and spacious storehouses; principally intended we suppose for the transhipment of their down freight.

Our enterprising friend, Wm. Garratt, Esq., has erected a wharf extending along the whole front of his capacious premises in front street.

James Brown, Junr., Esq., has laid down a new Wharf, and is erecting extensive storage accommodations upon it, in the rear of his beautiful Wholesale Establishment in Front street.

Our respected townsmen Messrs. R. Anglin and Gay, are building an extensive Pier and warehouse in front of their premises on the Bay, a little below the Bridge.

We learn also that Capt. Cameron has been preparing accommodations for some of our Forwarders. on Garden Island. - At which place Messrs. Calvin, Cook and Counter, are making ready for a very extensive business in the Timber and Stave trade, during the coming season - and whose station on the Island is conspicuous from the grove of masts at their wharves.

In addition to all this, and as forming part of the shipping of this port, we may mention that Messrs. Hooker & Henderson and H. & S. Jones, have made arrangements for putting a new line of Passenger and Tow boats on the Rideau Canal, to consist of five new steamers now building at Brockville and Prescott and the Albion. The Burlington recently destroyed by fire at Toronto was also destined for this line. These, with Messrs. Sanderson & Murray's four new Barges to be propelled by the "Ericson" invention, will greatly facilitate the transport of passengers and goods on the Canal.

Messrs. Easton Matthie & Co., as will be seen by their advertisements in another column, have formed a new Forwarding line on the St. Lawrence between Kingston and Montreal - which will test the superiority of that and the Rideau route.

The Hon. John Hamilton is building a new steamer at Prescott, which, with the Lake steam-boat and Barges now building at Niagara are destined for the trade of this Port.

In closing these observations, we may just remark, that it is matter of regret that the Town Authorities have no control over the harbor; and we hope, should any alteration be made in our Corporation Act, that this deficiency will not be over-looked.

p.3 The Steamer Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Bowen, arrived from Toronto on Sunday last, and landed her passengers at Fredericksburgh, about seven miles above Bath....

At the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Kingston Marine Railway; held at their Office this day, the following gentlemen were elected Directors for the ensuing year, viz. Henry Gildersleeve, John S. Cartwright, Douglas Prentiss, John Counter and C. W. Jenkins.

A statement of the past year's business having been submitted to the Stockholders, it was found very satisfactory, and showed a steady and profitable increase of business from the commencement; and it appearing evident that the amount of capital hitherto deemed sufficient was no longer adequate to carry out the views of the company on so extended a scale as the present flourishing condition of the works would warrant, it was unanimously resolved, that in order to give greater facility to their operations, and to enable them to place the establishment in a state to meet every exigency, the capital stock of the Company be extended to the full amount limited by the charter, and that stock books be opened in the office after the sixth day of May next; for the purpose of subscribing the names of those wishing to become purchasers, where every information can be obtained.

At a meeting of the Directors held immediately after the above, Henry Gildersleeve, Esq., was re-elected President, and Mr. C.W. Jenkins elected Secretary and Treasurer.

C.W. Jenkins, Sec'y and Treasurer, K.M.R.

Kingston, April 5th, 1841.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1841