The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 15, 1881

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Re City & Ferry

To the Editor of the British Whig;

Dear Sir, - It occurs to the writer that the city is now entitled to the lease for the next two or three decades. At other points where ferries have been established and licensed the lease alternates between the corporations directly interested and connected thereby. The island having had the control hitherto the city is now clearly entitled to it. I doubt not if representations are made to the Government by City Council that they will be able to secure the lease and get the ferry under license, with much needed restrictions and improvements introduced.

Yours, etc., Citizen Kingston March 12th, 1881

(Our correspondent is not posted on the law regarding ferries. The power of controlling them was taken from the cities under an act of Parliament passed in 1857. Under the Act Respecting ferries (page 1100 Consolidated Statutes of Ontario) it is expressly declared that when a ferry is between a city, town or village and an island, the license shall be granted to the island municipality.)

p.3 Toronto Letter - Canal Tolls - The delegates from St. Catharines, Hamilton and Toronto, appointed to wait on the Government to ask for a revision and reduction of the tolls on canals in order to compete with the Americans in carrying ocean bound freight, will shortly proceed to Ottawa. The tolls on the Erie Canal have been largely reduced and vessel owners in Canada claim that they are at the disadvantage in being compelled to pay heavy canal tolls. A deputation from Montreal is expected to meet those from the west at Ottawa to discuss the question. It is stated that the output from the west has increased 100 per cent in the last ten years, but that only some seven or eight per cent of what has gone down the St. Lawrence.

Marine - The schr. Nellie Sherwood, ashore at Weller's Bay, will be taken off by Capt. Courson on the opening of navigation. The vessel is not seriously damaged.



Capt. Cuthbert has determined to again challenge the New York Yacht Club for the American Cup, and is now building at Belleville a vessel to compete for that trophy, which he expects to finish by the first of June. Her principal dimensions will be as follows: Length of keel, 63 feet; length on water line, 64 feet; length over rail, 70 feet; extreme breadth of beam, 19 feet; depth of hold, 5 feet 10 inches; draught of water aft, 5 feet 6 inches; draught forward, 3 feet 6 inches; centre board box, 18 feet long; draught with board down, 16 feet 6 inches. Spars - mainmast, 70 feet; heel to head topmast, 34 feet; main boom, 70 feet; gaff, 36 feet; bowsprit outboard, 25 feet; tonnage, 84 tons. She will be cutter rigged, and the principal dimensions of her lower canvass will be as follows: Stay foresail, 22 feet on foot; jib 28 feet on foot; hoist of mainsail, 49 feet. A balloon jib, gaff topsail, and other light canvas will of course be provided. The frame will be white oak, and more than usually heavy, and the same timber will be used almost entirely, if not wholly, in the construction of the hull. The challenge will be formulated at the next meeting of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club. The model from which the new craft, which is partially in frame, is being constructed is a very fine one, and embodies all the builder's skill and experience.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 15, 1881