The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 27, 1831

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p.1 Notice to Navigators - It is not presumed that any navigator would intentionally injure the Buoy laid down at the entrance of York Harbour, but masters of small vessels boating in and out are particularly requested to avoid running foul of it, or they may do it serious damage, also not to ride by it, as by so doing they may shift its moorings.

The moorings of the Buoy are laid down on the westernmost spit of the shoal off the garrison, in 7 feet water, with the Flag-staff on with the easternmost chimney of the commandant's brick House. The Buoy is moored with a single chain 18 feet long. With the wind southerly it will be on the shoal. Vessels coming from the southward, may steer in as soon as they bring the Buoy on with the Government Store, (a white building on the beach) and steering for the store, giving the Buoy a birth of from 20 to 30 feet, until they bring the Flag-staff clear of the Commandant's house, they will free the shoal and carry from 12 to 13 feet water, and may then steer more southerly.

The deepest water in the channel, 14 feet 6 inches is about 170 feet from the shoal.

Vessels drawing 9 feet water will find a channel upwards of 800 feet in width, and vessels of 12 feet draught of water, a channel of 500 feet, giving the buoy a birth as above mentioned.

These soundings and measurements were taken on the ice in January this year, when the depth of water at the southwesternmost corner of Mr. Feehan's Wharf was 10 feet 9 inches, consequently the rise or fall on the Bar may be ascertained on the Wharf.

As the Buoy is private property and irresponsibly laid down by the undersigned, navigators will place confidence in the above directions accordingly.

Hugh Richardson

Editors in the vicinity of Lake Ontario may serve the interests of navigation, by giving this an insertion, and will oblige their very humble servant. H.R. York, 9th April, 1831

p.3 In the Navy Estimates brought forward by Sir James Graham in the Commons, many reductions are announced, amongst which the superannuation of the Commissioner's Clerk and Master Attendant at Kingston Dock Yard are mentioned. These situations are filled by S. Yarwood and M. Spratt, Esquires. The vote for foreign dockyards in this year only £21,000, instead of £65,000 the vote of 1830, being a reduction of two thirds. [Montreal Gazette]

A Schooner called the Ann and Jane was upset in a squall near the mouth of York Harbour on Tuesday the 19th inst., and an Irish emigrant, who happened to be in the Cabin, was unfortunately drowned.

Commodore Barrie left for Niagara on the Alciope.

*** COPY Michael Spratt and Stephen Yarwood to leave H.M. Dockyard. [Patriot]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 27, 1831