The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1847

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On Saturday last we walked out to Portsmouth, formerly Hatter's Bay, situate about 2 miles west of Kingston.

Portsmouth being a safe and commodious harbor for laying up vessels for the winter, it is crowded with Schooners, Steamers and Barges, and the greatest activity prevails in fitting them out for service for the opening of the navigation; besides there is a good deal of building going on. The first yard we came to was that occupied by

The Messrs. Beaupre,

where we found the new hull for the engine of the steamer Wm. Henry, owned by Messrs. Glassford & Smith, far on towards completion; as also, four Barges, on the ways, being repaired. We next came to the building yard of Messrs. McPherson & Crane, and saw their new schooner The Governor, in rapid progress. This vessel was only commenced about the latter end of January, and will be ready for sea on the 25th of this month - a proof that our Kingston builders are not only amongst the best in the Province, but also the most expeditious.

We next stepped into the yard owned by

Mr. Thomas Dissett,

and found three vessels on the stocks; the first named the Rachael, which has been lengthened 25 feet, and from having been a vessel of 1200 barrels capacity, is now capable of carrying 17 to 1800 barrels. The Lord Nelson also has been lengthened 20 feet, and has been enlarged to the extent of nearly ten thousand bushels of wheat. The Montreal, long known as a war schooner on the Lakes, has undergone a thorough repair, and we noticed the introduction of a new feature in shipbuilding - that of bilge keels, which Capt. Gaskin, her enterprising owner, thinks will serve a good purpose when the vessel is on a wind.

The Navy - Among the late naval promotions, we observe that of Mr. T. Stratton, of the Royal Navy, on the Lakes. [Colonist]

The Weather - Notwithstanding the frost which we have had for the last three nights, the Harbour is this morning free of ice, as far eastward as the Marine Railway. There is some floating ice between the Penitentiary and Simcoe Island, but a Steamer could very easily make her way through this. The navigation may thus be said to be open - much sooner than was expected.


On Monday next, the 12th inst., two fine vessels, fully rigged and sails all bent, will be

launched by Mr. Shickeluna, down at the ship-yard here. One is a three-masted schooner of 400 tons burthen, 133 feet keel and 138 feet over all, 26 feet beam and 11 feet hold; the other, a fore-and-after, of 250 tons, 100 feet keel, 23 1/2 beam, and 9 feet hold. Mr. S. is to deliver them all ready for service - the first for N. Merritt, Esq., St. John, N.B., to be commanded by Capt. Jones - the other is for Messrs. Benson and Merritt, to be commanded by Capt. King.

There is also on the stocks a propeller of 142 feet over all; and a schooner of 110 feet keel, has just been commenced.

For want of sufficient assistance Mr. S. cannot have the dry dock opened before the 1st of May, and plenty of employment is anticipated for it.

The amount of shipbuilding at this yard is limited for want of hands. As many as thirty additional shipwrights would meet with constant employment at high wages. [St. Catherine's Journal]

Wolf Island

Steam Ferry Company.

The Stockholders in the Wolf Island Steam Ferry Company, are requested to pay an instalment of twenty per cent on the amount of their Subscriptions, to the Treasurer, on or before 10th May next.


Secretary & Treasurer.

April 10th, 1847.

The Corporation - letter from Sydney Scobell, asking for payment of balance due him for building Light-house.




For 1847.

The Subscribers will be prepared on the opening of the Navigation to contract for the forwarding of flour and produce of every description, and to


on the route between Kingston and Montreal, at such rates as they hope will ensure them employment. Their steamers and barges being new and in perfect order, they trust to give satisfaction in the performance of all contracts they may enter into.

An opportunity will thus occur to enable owners of schooners or other vessels on the Lakes of not greater than 95 feet in length and 19 feet beam, to engage their cargoes for Montreal, the steamers being of sufficient power to return them to this port laden with up freight.


Kingston, 7th April, 1847.

Canal Wharf, Montreal.

22nd March, 1847.

The Subscribers have this day admitted Mr. Wm. J. McDonell, of Kingston, and Mr. John Farrow, of Montreal, as partners in their FORWARDING and COMMISSION BUSINESS.

H. & S. Jones & Co., Brockville.

H. Jones & Co., Montreal.

H. & S. Jones & Co., Kingston.



And Vice Versa,

Via The Ottawa River, and Rideau Canal, and River St. Lawrence

The undersigned, with an increased stock of Barges and Steamers at their command, will transport (with safety and despatch,) all property confided to their care. Passing Custom House Entries, of Goods from England and Scotland, will be promptly attended to, and free of charge.

Thanking their customers for the patronage they have hitherto extended to them, they solicit a continuance of public support, being determined to do business at as reasonable rates as Any others in the Trade.

J.S. MCQUAIG & Co., Montreal.

p.F. MCQUAIG & Co., Kingston.

Kingston, 6th April, 1847.



With reference to the above announcement, the undersigned will be prepared on the opening of the Navigation, to carry on the Forwarding business between Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, and other Ports on Lake Ontario, and also on Lake Erie, and vice versa, for the transit of Produce and Merchandize.

Their stock of first-class Barges, Propellers, Steam Freight Boats and Schooners, is such as will enable them to do justice to such parties as may confide business to their care.

Produce, etc., in store before the opening of the Lachine Canal to be at the risk of the owners thereof.

Colcleugh & Greer, Montreal,

John H. Greer & Co., Kingston,

Wm. Colcleugh & Co., Hamilton.

R.U. Innes, Managing Agent at Montreal.

Kingston, April 5th, 1847.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1847