(original at Queens University Special Collections)
p.2 Launches - The new brigantine Quebec, which was launched on Thursday last from the foot of Long Island, arrived here yesterday morning to complete her fitments. The Quebec is a beautiful model, strongly built, and works admirably. - Her dimensions are as follows - 114 feet keel; 26 feet breadth of beam; 10 feet depth of hold, and about 280 tons burthen. She is intended for the Lake Erie Timber Trade, and is commanded by her principal proprietor, Capt. Wm. Donaldson, who has our best wishes for his success.
The Liverpool - This is the name of another new brigantine built by Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co. on Garden Island. It was proposed to launch her also on Thursday, but after running nearly to the waters edge she suddenly stopped at a small rise in the ways, and was obliged to be pushed into her destined element rather unceremoniously, yesterday morning. The Liverpool is a fine vessel - as strong as wood and iron can make her, - and is also intended for the Lake Erie Timber Trade, as soon as the enlarged Welland Canal is completed. Her dimensions are 127 feet 9 inches keel; breadth of beam 26 feet; depth of hold 10 feet, and about 350 Tons burthen. We trust the Liverpool will earn for her Proprietors that rich reward which their enterprise so justly merits.
The Liverpool and Quebec are the pioneers of a new class of vessels, which is destined ere long to supersede those now plying on our great inland seas. We consider either of these two vessels perfectly sea-worthy for a voyage across the Atlantic; and no doubt within a very few years we shall hear of vessels taking in timber on Lake Huron and landing it in safety at the port of Liverpool - returning with passengers or freight - with the former it may be to populate the wilds of the far west where the timber grew. Some simple people are disposed to look upon ideas like these as altogether visionary, but we have witnessed more wonderful things in Canada within the last 20 years than this - even if it were accomplished. A ship has been sent from Cincinnati to Liverpool by the Southern route, and we can discover no difficulty in a vessel of 350 tons reaching the same destination by the Northern route from Chicago.
Police Force on Welland Canal present Superintendent of Police William Benson with a silver Snuff Box.
p.3 Garden Island 31st July, 1845
Capt. John McIntyre,
Dear Sir: - We beg to return to you our sincere thanks for the prompt and efficient service rendered to the schooner William Penn, when she grounded yesterday, on the small "shoal," a Rock lying between Long and Snake Islands; and at the same time, as large schooner owners, we cannot but avail ourselves of this opportunity of expressing to you the correct views you entertain of the importance of adding to the safety of the Lake Navigation by recommending the building and placing of additional lighthouses and buoys; and in none is this more necessarily required than one on the shoal or rock mentioned above. Many schooners have been grounded and some have been wrecked upon it, and this too within a few miles or Kingston, the foot of Lake Navigation.
Wishing you that prosperity and success which your meritorious and enlightened conduct entitle you to,
We are, Dear Sir,
Yours very respectfully, Calvin, Cook & Co.
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