Shipbuilding in Kings County, PEI. - 1864


From the library of Donna Collings - dcollings@islandtelecom.com. Published in The Examiner, Page 3, 1864, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Thank you Donna for the use of your wonderful resources.


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SHIPBUILDING IN KING'S COUNTY. - On a recent visit to Georgetown, we were pleased to observe a fine Brig, of about 250 tons, launched there on Monday last, for Capt. A. McDonald. A Brig, near about the same time, was launched from the Shipyard of the Hon. Joseph Wightman, St. Andrew's Point. There are, some three or four other vessels building in Georgetown - one by Daniel Gordon, Esq., another by Captain John Westaway, and another by Mr. Michael Bourke.

Opposite to Georgetown, on Montague River, may be seen a Brig on the stocks, at the Shipyard of Robert Cameron, Esq, building for Benjamin Davies, Esq., of this City.

At Cardigan, a Bark of some type of six hundred tons, is being built at the shipyard of Donald Stewart, Esq., for Messrs. Owen & Welsh. We understand she is destined to take the place of the Bark Theresa, as a trader between Liverpool and this Port. This Bark is low in frame, is being diagonally strapped with iron, and in our opinion is worth anything, we should think she will be a fast sailer. Less than a mile from Mr. Stewart's yard, we came to the shipyard of Thomas Owen, Esq., close to the new Bridge at Cardigan, - here is building by Mr. Owen a very fine little Juniper brig to class seven years1. About a mile above the Bridge, we observed another vessel on the stock, the name of the owner we have forgotten.

The new bridge across Cardigan River, built some two or three years since, is substanially constructed, and must be of benefit to the inhabitants of that part of King's County. It is sufficiently long, and the water of sufficient depth, to allow some three or four vessels to lay alongside and load. On looking at the Map of the Island we should think that Cardigan Bridge would be a good shipping place for the inhabitants of St. Peter's and St. Peter's Bay, to cart their produce to, in the fall of the year. Already there are some five or six houses built, and being built, at the Bridge, and no doubt in a few years there will be quite a thriving little village there.

"Montague Bridge," and "Cardigan Bridge" bid fair to draw a large amount of the business hitherto done in Georgetown from that place.

1Class of seven years means she was built to last seven years, her lifespan

From the Examiner 27 June 1864 pg. 3


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