The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1845

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p.3 Canal Meeting at Oswego - held on 18th, about proposed changes to canal tolls.

Merchant Seaman's Society - This Society, instituted for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, is about to be incorporated by an Act of the Legislature. The want of such an Institution has long been felt, and much is due to the energetic philanthropy of those who have so far succeeded in undertaking and carrying out so important an object. The amount of British tonnage on the lakes we understand to be about 17,000; affording employment to 500 seamen. It will therefore be at once seen that there is an imperative necessity for establishing a refuge for those who in the frequently perilous occupation of seamen, become sick or otherwise disabled.

The proceedings of the last monthly meeting will be found in our advertising columns.


At a meeting of this Society, held on the 10th inst. a copy of the petition for a charter for the Society was read, and a communication from J.A. Macdonald Esq. M.P.P. transmitting a copy of a bill founded upon that petition. After a short discussion, the meeting expressed its satisfaction with the bill: when it was

Moved by Capt. Wheeler, seconded by Capt. Smyth.

That this meeting record a vote of thanks to J.A. Macdonald Esq. M.P.P. for Kingston for his vigilance in behalf of this Society in his place in the Assembly.

On motion of Capt. Wheeler seconded by Capt. Burns, it was ordered that the Committee of the Society meet every Monday previous to the next monthly meeting, at 2 o'clock P.M.

Stewart McHenry,

Sec'y pro. tem.

Kingston, Feb'y 10th, 1845.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 13, 1845