p.3 Vessel Sales - Capt. Thomas Blanchard has bought the schr. Octavia, now lying in Toronto harbour. The schr. Ida Walker, now lying at Port Colborne, has been bought by Messrs. Guy & Allan for $3750.
Feb. 25, 1881
Meeting of Vessel Owners and Captains.
A meeting on Wednesday of vessel owners of St. Catharines district was held for the purpose of taking action upon matters of importance to the shipping interests and the public at large. Among the matters brought up were the subjects of forming a Vessel Owners Association of Canada, sailors' wages, freights, the wreckage question, canal tolls, harbor dues, towing charges, and the enlargement of the lower canals. The following resolutions were moved and carried:
St. Lawrence Canals
Moved by Captain Sylvester, seconded by Captain James Norris, that the St. Lawrence canals is urgently demanded in the interests of commerce, as vessels adapted to pass through the enlarged Welland Canal are especially fitted to continue the voyage to tide water, whereas, if vessels after passing through the Welland Canal are compelled to tranship their cargoes before reaching tide water, the enlarged Welland Canal will not be productive of increased commerce by the St. Lawrence route; that in neglecting the enlargement of the St. Lawrence canals the large expenditure of money on the Lachine or Welland Canals cannot be utilized or made productive of increased traffic until the whole St. Lawrence system of canals is complete.
Reduction of Tolls.
Moved by Capt. J.C. Graham, seconded by Capt. B. Tripp, that in the opinion of this meeting for the promotion of traffic on the St. Lawrence route, and the acquisition of that full return from the construction and enlargement of our canals and the improvement of the St. Lawrence River contemplated in these great investments of public money, and for vessels and other transportation interests to compete on the most favorable terms with their American rivals, that the harbour and wharfage dues at Montreal, the charges for pilotage below Montreal, and the tolls on the Welland and St. Lawrence canals should be materially reduced, substantially, as recommended by the delegates to Ottawa in 1880.
Montreal Harbor Dues.
Moved by Richard Wood, seconded by Mr. G.C. Currie, that this meeting is strongly of the opinion that the commerce of the country on the St. Lawrence route should justly be relieved from the heavy burden of providing annually the large amount necessary to meet the interest upon the debt for deepening Lake St. Peter, and is heartily pleased to learn the intention of the Government to relieve the Montreal Harbor Commission from the duty of providing this interest from the wharfage and harbor dues; at the same time this meeting urges the necessity coincident with the assumption of the debt for deepening Lake St. Peter by the Dominion, the harbor dues on hulls of vessels be abolished forever at Montreal; and it is also of opinion that it would be equitable and right for the municipal corporation of Montreal to assume the debt of the harbor trust for improving Montreal harbor itself, so that the said harbor may be made as nearly as may be free.
Moved by Captain Tripp, seconded by Captain Sylvester, that a delegation be appointed to urge the carrying out of the measures recommended by this meeting, the following to be such delegation: Captain James Murray, Dr. L.S. Ollie, Captain S. Neelon,Captain Sylvester, F.C. Currie, and R.C. Smith, jr.
p.3 Wind Wafts - Capt. Thos. Dennis has entered into rafting business; his yard at foot of Wolfe Island, near Port Metcalfe.
Capt. Rusho will sail Belle Mitchell, and Capt. Vincent will move from Mitchell to Mary Copley.
Purchase - Mr. S. Wilson, of Picton, has purchased schr. St. Louis for $13,500 for carrying timber.
Down The River - Capt. Ed. Birtrand building steam yacht at Watertown; he built Reindeer, Idlewild and Ione.
PROTECTION OF LIFE
A number of captains, some being business visitors of the city, yesterday discussed the question of having life stations provided by the Government at Salmon Point and on the shore between Presque Isle and Long Point. The great loss of life last year has given the subject a significance which it never had before, and it is hoped that the present agitation may not be unfruitful of results. Our marine friends cannot excuse the Government's hesitancy on the ground of expense since economy does not seem to be the motto of those in power. The Government's duty is plain. The sailors of Canada are entitled to the same consideration as those of the United States; life on one side of the lake is as valuable as it is on the other side. The petition to Parliament respecting the carrying by vessels and steamboats of life-boats and life-preservers will likely lead to desirable legislation.