Shipbuilding Facilities. -- A few days since we stated that Mr. McKay, of East
Boston, was building, and about to build 17,000 tons of shipping to be
completed in a year; we have since learned that he is about erecting an
extensive saw and planing establishment in his upper ship-yard, for the
purpose of dressing timber. The ground plan of the saw mill, &c., will be 150
feet long by 60 wide, and adjoining it an engine house. The main building will
contain an upright saw and a long timber planer which will work the whole
length of 150 feet, and besides these one of Woodworth's planers, and a knee
planer. The whole of these will be worked by a steam engine of 150 horse
power. Keel and keelson pieces, ceiling, planking, beams and knees, in the
rough state, will come out of the mill, ready for immediate use. This will be
a vast saving of manual labor, and will be more expeditious, and more
uniformly perfect. The engine will also be applied to hauling heavy timber on
board of the ships, such as beams, ceiling, &c. The engines will be made by
Mr. George M. Bird; and Mr. Orville Leonard, of the firm of Leonard, Holden &
Co., East Boston, will superintend the arrangements of the machines and
engine. Mr. Leonard is well known as having superintended the construction of
the steamer R.B. Forbes, and as having been her first engineer. He will
doubtless see that his present undertaking is made as perfect as all his other
Boston Daily Atlas, 1854, March 28.
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