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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 4, 1845


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REGULATIONS.

To Ensure the due Collection of the Tolls on Canals, and the proper using the Canals

Section 1 - Be it ordered, That every Owner, Master or Person in charge of any Vessel, Boat or Barge, entering into any Lock, or navigating or passing through any Canal, shall make a full and complete Report of the contents of their Cargoes, or on failure thereof, shall forfeit and pay to the Collector of Tolls, under a penalty of not less than 20 Shillings, nor more than Five Pounds, Currency.

And Collectors of Tolls and Superintendents of Canals, are hereby authorized to require from the Owner, Master or person in charge of any Vessel, Boat or Barge as aforesaid, communication of all Manifests, Clearances, Bills of Lading, or other Papers relating to the Cargoes of such Vessels, and any person refusing to submit the same when so required, shall incur a like penalty of not less than Twenty Shillings, and not exceeding Five Pounds, Currency.

Section 2 - And be it further ordered, That each Report to be made to the said Collector of Tolls under these Regulations, shall be signed by the person making it, and the correctness thereof shall be declared to by such person before the said Collector of Tolls, who is authorized to receive the declaration, and for any and each wilful misstatement in such Report, the person making it shall incur a penalty of not less than Five Pounds, Currency.

Section 3 - And be it further ordered, That no Vessel, Boat, Barge or Raft, shall depart from any Collector's Office without obtaining a Clearance or Permit; (which Collector of Tolls are hereby required to grant), which clearance the Owner, Master or Person in charge of such Vessel, Boat or Barge, shall exhibit to the Superintendent, or to any Lock Keeper, or to any Collector of Tolls, whenever and as often as the same shall be demanded by any such Officer, under a penalty of not less than Ten Shillings, and not exceeding Five Pounds, Currency, for each and every time such Owner, Master, or person, shall refuse so to do.

Section 4 - And be it further ordered, That every Vessel, Boat, or Barge navigating the Canal, shall be supplied with a Horn or a Bell, which it shall be the duty of the person in charge to cause to be sounded at least twenty hains before entering a Lock, or passing a Bridge on the long levels where Lock or Bridge tenders are employed, under a penalty of not less than Ten Shillings, and not exceeding Five Pounds.

Section 5 - And be it ordered, That every Vessel, Steamboat, Boat or Barge under weigh or at anchor, navigating any Canal, or passing through any Lock, or lying in the channel at any entrance to any Canal or Lock within two hundred yards of the same shall, during the night, show a light at the bowsprit, and that any person in charge of any Vessel who shall neglect to cause such light to be shown, shall incur a penalty of not less than Twenty Shillings and not exceeding Five Pounds, Currency.

Section 6 - And be it further ordered, That Owners, Masters or persons in charge of any Vessel, Boat, or Barge shall, when required so to do by the Superintendent of the Canal or other Officer duly authorized in that behalf, promptly and with all diligence, move such Vessel, Boat or Barge to any place which the Superintendent or other Officer shall direct, whether the same be necessary for the purpose of repairing a breach, or for preserving the free and uninterrupted navigation of the Canal, and for the maintenance of order and regularity at the wharves and landing places, or otherwise, under a penalty of Five Pounds, Currency.

Section 7 - And be it further ordered, That no person shall open or shut any of the Large Gates or the Paddle Gates in any of the Locks or Waste-wares, or shall draw down and level by means of the machinery or otherwise, unless by the consent and under the direction of the officers or person in charge of the same; and any person committing a breach of this Regulation, or interfering with, or obstructing the Collectors of Tolls, Superintendents, Lockmasters, or persons employed under them in the execution or performance of his or their duties, shall incur a penalty of Five Pounds for each and every offence.

Section 8 - And be it further ordered, That all Vessels navigating any Canal shall have their Yards topped up, their Booms and Riggers rigged in, their Jib Booms rigged in as far as practicable, their Studding sail boom irons taken off, their Sprit sail Yards laid fore and aft, and their Anchors secured so as to avoid doing damage to other Vessels, under a penalty against the Master or Person in charge, not exceeding Five Pounds Currency.

Section 9 - And be it further ordered, That no Master or Person in charge of any Vessel, Boat, Barge or craft navigating any Canal shall cast Anchor in the same, or in the channel leading thereto, nor fasten or moor any such Vessel, Boat, Barge or Craft whilst in the Canal or Channel leading thereto, nor discharge any part of their Cargo or take in any Lading without the express permission of the Collector of Tolls, Superintendent, Wharfinger or Lockmaster so to do, under a penalty of not less than Twenty Shillings, nor exceeding Five Pounds, Currency, for each and every offence.

Section 10 - And be it further ordered, That no person shall build or repair Vessels, Boats or Barges on any Canal ground unless with the permission of and at such places as the Superintendent may point out, under a penalty of not less than Twenty Shillings, and not exceeding Five Pounds Currency, and that any Master of any Vessel or any Person whomsoever who shall boil or heat Tar, Pitch, Turpentine, Rosin, or Grease for greasing or paying Vessels, or for any other purpose, on any Canal ground, except with the permission of and at such places as the Superintendent may point out, shall incur a like penalty of not less than Twenty Shillings, and not exceeding Five Pounds, Currency.

Section 11 - And be it further ordered, That any person or persons who shall throw into the Canal or into any Lock, Feeder, Basin, or Waste-ware connected therewith, or into the Channel or within two hundred yards of the entrance thereof, any carcass or dead animal or putrid substance of any kind, or stones, lumber, brush or other rubbish, shall incur a penalty of not less than Ten Shillings, and not exceeding Five Pounds, Currency.

Section 12 - And be it further ordered, That no pike poles, or sharp metal instruments shall be used in or about the Locks, or the Canal under a penalty of Five Pounds. And all Owners, Masters, or persons in charge of any Vessels, Boats, Barges or Rafts shall be held answerable for any injury or damage done to the Canal, or its works, or to any building or land adjoining the Canal, by the persons on board of their Vessels and may be prosecuted for the same in any Court of competent authority, and it shall and may be lawful for the Collectors of Tolls, Superintendent or other officer of the Canal, to seize and retain such Craft, Boat or Raft until the injury so done shall have been repaired, or until security shall have been given to the said Officers of the Canal, to his or their satisfaction for such amount as shall be awarded in account of such damage.

Section 13 - And be it further ordered, That all owners of Mills, or those in charge of them, shall stop or shut down their Gates when directed by the Superintendent, or person in charge of that part of the Canal on which they are situated to do so, and not at any time draw down the level below high water mark, under a penalty of Five Pounds.

Section 14 - And be it further ordered, That when several Boats are lying by or in waiting to enter any Lock, or to enter any Canal, they shall lie in single Tier, and at a distance of not less than 330 feet from such Lock or entrance, under a penalty of not less than Twenty Shillings, nor more than Five Pounds, and that all Boats shall advance to pass a Lock in the order in which they lie in such Tier, except in the case of Steam Boats carrying Her Majesty's Mail or passengers only, to which priority of passage will at all times be given.

Section 15 - And be it further ordered, That all Vessels approaching a Lock, while any other Vessel going in the contrary direction is in the same, shall be made fast to the Posts placed for that purpose, on the off side from Trackway, and remain there until the Vessel going through the Lock shall have passed, under a penalty for every such offence, for not less than Twenty Shillings, nor more than Five Pounds.

Section 16 - And be it further ordered, That in all cases of Vessels meeting in any of the Canals, the Vessels descending the Canal shall keep the Tow Path, the ascending Vessel passing to the off side, and when any vessel navigating any Canal shall overtake another Vessel which shall not be moving at the same rate of speed, the vessel overtaken shall bring up and lie at the first convenient place in order to allow the faster Vessel to pass by, under a penalty of not less than Ten Shillings, nor more than Fifty Shillings, for every offence against this Section.

Section 17 - And be it further ordered, That no Vessel shall be permitted to pass through any Canal, in a less time than that fixed in the instructions given to the Superintendent or other Officer in charge thereof, (the particulars of which may be ascertained at the first Lock on entering such Canal,) under a penalty, for every offence, of Five Pounds, Currency, and subject further to be detained at the last Lock, until the time limited for passing such Canal shall have expired.

Section 18 - And be it further ordered, That all Boats or Scows, built with a square head or sharp corners, shall be provided with a semi-circular platform firmly fastened upon the bows thereof, and so constructed as to prevent other Boats or Scows coming in contact with such corners, under a penalty not exceeding Two Pounds, Ten Shillings.

Section 19 - And be it further ordered, That every Vessel, Boat or Barge navigating any Canal shall have its rudders so constructed as not to catch or cut the tow rope of any other Vessel, Boat or Barge, under a penalty to be incurred by the Owner, Master, or person in charge, of not exceeding Five Pounds, Currency.

Section 20 - And be it further ordered, That no Vessel or Boat shall stop, lie by or be moored witin 20 rods of any Lock, except in a basin, or some other place duly appointed and set apart, or other authorized office for that purpose, and the persons in charge of such Vessel, or Boat shall conduct the same, into, through and out of every Lock in a careful manner, so as to do it no injury; and in order to facilitate the passage of all Vessels or Boats through any Lock, all such Vessels and Boats shall be provided with at least two good and sufficient hawsers, or check ropes, one at the fore and one at the quarter, with one of the crew to attend each rope, which on entering the Lock are to be made fast to the snubbing posts in order to check the speed of the Craft and prevent it from striking against the gates or other parts of the work, and to hold it fast while the Lock is emptying, the then attending said ropes to take in slack or to give way as the Boat rises or falls, and so keep it from moving about in the chamber, under (penalty to be incurred) against the Master or person in charge, not exceeding Five Pounds, Currency, provided notwithstanding that if upon the entrance of any Boat into a Lock, the Lockmaster thereof should see another Boat approaching and within a reasonable distance, and if in his opinion such Boat can be locked through with the one then entered, it shall be his duty to keep the Gates open to receive such other Boat, and to pass the two Boats through together.

p.3 Notice - gives freight rates downward and upward from Kingston & Rideau Canal. signed by Murray & Sanderson; Pioneer Company (W.L. Hilliard); Quebec Forwarding Co. (Alex. Ferguson); Macpherson, Crane & Co.; Hooker, Holton & Co.; Henry Jones & Co. Oct. 25th.


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Date of Original:
Nov. 4, 1845
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KN.5321
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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 4, 1845