The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 3, 1881

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Copies of the report of the Minister of Marine & Fisheries have been distributed, somewhat late in the season. The publication is not so interesting as some of the big blue books, and yet perusers of it will find stray paragraphs of more or less public and even local interest. We find that the total amount expended on the various branches of the public service administered by this department, including the salaries of the establishment staff, during the year ending 30th June last, was $809,492.28 while the total amount voted was $890,048.52, which last named amount includes the departmental salaries. The whole number of persons engaged in the outside service of the department, at the close of the calendar year, was (1,704 ?). In the summary of

Light House Improvements

we observe that the repairs to the breakwater at Nine Mile Point light station, near Kingston, have been carried out satisfactorily at a cost of $598.55; also those at the light station at the east end of Long Point, at a cost of $1,117.79 ?. A contract has been let for the construction of the lighthouse at South Bay Point, Prince Edward County, but the work has not yet been completed. According to this report 205 sailing vessels and 54 steamers are registered at Kingston, the gross tonnage of the steamers being 15,749 ?, and the net tonnage 27,115.

Items Of Local Interest.

The following was the outlay in connection with lighthouses in which we are most interested: Gananoque Narrows, $424.79; Nine Mile Point, $1028.59; Pigeon Island, $371.84; Point Pleasant, $375.75; Salmon Point, $616.94; Spectacle Shoal, $639.07; Weller's Bay, $979.28; Wolfe Island, $253.60. Among the items of general expenditure we find the following: Late Darius Smith, $7.00; P. Harty, one month's salary as Inspector of Lighthouses, $83.33; W. McRossie, lumber and shingles, $22.70; R.M. Horsey, lime, $33.75; City Corporation, share of gas and twelve months attendance, $388.13; W. McRossie, making and placing buoys in harbor, $65. The list of officials includes the following: P. Kiel, overseer of Wolfe Island and the southern part of the county, comprising the townships of Storrington, Pittsburgh and Kingston, $200; John A. Cameron, Westport, overseer of that part of Frontenac north of Loughboro Lake, $100; A.D. Sills, overseer of the lake shore and inland waters, counties of Lennox and Addington, including Amherst Island, $150.

Wind Wafts - str. Island Chief to run as last year, between Alexandria Bay and Kingston.

Sale of Propellers - N.T. Co. has sold ten during the present winter, now have only Champlain, Lawrence and Nashua.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 3, 1881