The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1879

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Washington, D.C., Nov. 11th - The Cabinet meeting today was attended by all the members, and was unusually long, most of the time being occupied discussing questions of constitutional and international law in connection with the subject of a proclamation recently issued by the Canadian Government, permitting American vessels in waters of the Dominion only when the danger of a loss of life or a cargo was absolutely imminent. The law upon our statute book permits Canadian vessels to enter our waters freely and assist American vessels in distress under any circumstances and to any extent. It was suggested today that the President should declare by proclamation that the privileges of Canadian vessels in our waters shall be precisely the same as those accorded by the Dominion to American vessels. The Cabinet were divided as to the power of the President under the existing law to issue such a proclamation. The whole matter was left undetermined. It will probably be decided, however, within the next few days.

p.3 Wind Wafts - The str. Norseman has been experiencing rough weather in her trips across the lake between Charlotte and Port Hope.


The Canadian Wrecking Company are at work on the rescue of the schooner F.B. Gardiner. It is stated that they get $4,000 if they deliver the vessel in Buffalo.

The expedition on the tug McArthur has abandoned the schooner Prince Edward, ashore on Cockburn Island. The Prince Edward measures 170 tons, was built in 1867, rebuilt in 1878, classed A 2 and was valued at $8,000.

Mr. John Donnelly, of Garden Island, the well known wrecker, writes to the Mail, indignantly enquiring whether there is any law to prevent American tugs from coming into Canadian waters and towing barges, etc. from one Canadian port to another. He cites several instances to show how they do it, and thinks it a gross injustice to the owners of tugs lying idle in port. We think so, too.

To the Editor of the British Whig:

Sir, - The propeller Alma Munroe is reported as having passed up with a cargo of car wheels for Cleveland. Query - Are these wheels of Canadian manufacture, and are they intended for use on United States railways?

Yours respectively, Protection

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 12, 1879