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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1881

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Requirements Of The Law - Overcrowding In Our Harbor.

Legislation Demanded.

To the Editor of the British Whig;

Sir; - Will you permit me space for a few remarks regarding the late London disaster, when over two hundred souls perished. I think it high time that the matter should command the consideration of the public, and if the law is not at hand (regarding safety of life and specified capacity for passengers according to tonnage) steps should be taken by some enterprising member to bring before the Dominion House, at its next session, (if no remedy can be sooner applied) such a law as is required. We have today laws regarding steamers carrying passengers which are very good so far as they go, under ordinary circumstances, requiring a boat, say seventy tons gross, or 39 to 40 tons net, to carry two life boats capable of carrying thirteen passengers each, together with twenty-three life preservers - when law is carried out to the satisfaction of the Government. But where is the safety provided if boats of the above tonnage are allowed and have carried four hundred passengers on excursions? In case of accident, under such circumstances, the present law means and reads, that if the life-boats are safely launched and life-preservers found, forty-nine are provided for, and three hundred and fifty-one are either to swim or drown. The late disaster has been the cause of many remarks from the pulpit in tones of warning. Some have gone so far as to say that the landing waiters should be specially instructed to see that no more people go on excursions, than the boats were capable of carrying. The London calamity should not be without its lessons to Kingston. I was an eye witness on the occasion of St. Paul's Church or Sunday School excursion, on the Maud, leaving the ferry wharf the boat crowded to such an extent as to cause much anxiety to many regarding her safety. The crowd was so large that the steamer Pierrepont went down to bring back part of the load. It is one thing to preach and another to practice. If church organizations cannot be sustained without making money at the risk of life, by overcrowded excursions, they should be abandoned, for in many cases it is a dissatisfaction to both pastor and managing committee if they have not got a crowded boat. Hoping the late terrible disaster at London will not only be a warning but the cause of better legislation for protection regarding safety of life.

I remain yours, T.D.


Striking Shovellers.

About 2 o'clock this afternoon the shovellers of the St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Company, Portsmouth, struck for higher wages. The grain belongs to the company, and the shovellers are only allowed $1 per thousand bushels for transferring it from one barge to another, but this grain being heated and very hard to handle they struck for $2.50 per thousand. The manager would not accede to their demands, and the shovellers marched ashore in a body. Afterwards six of the strikers went back at a raise of 25 cents on the thousand. The grain is that which was brought down by the schooners North Star and Eureka, taken from the schr. Oliver Mowat. Being greatly heated it was run through the fan in the elevator for cooling, and was again to go through it in order to increase the standard. It is reported that the grain was so warm that the men, barefooted, could not stand it.


Oswego pier will be extended 105 feet this season.

A company has been formed in Cleveland to build iron vessels only.

A large number of vessels, bound up from Kingston, passed through the Welland Canal yesterday.

The schr. Jane McLeod is loading granite at the penitentiary for Chicago. The granite is from Grindstone Island, having been brought to Kingston by a barge.

Mr. Ferris, of the opposition American line, from Cape Vincent, arrived at Montreal from New York yesterday, and was on the steamer Prince Arthur inspecting her improvements.

The captain of the schr. J.R. Noyes, from Milwaukee, arrived at Kingston, telegraphs Chicago parties that the quantity of wheat jettisoned to release her from the beach was 600 bushels. It was worth $120 per bushel.

The Gipsy met with an enthusiastic reception at Ottawa and en route. She made the trip in good time. Her rudder was found to be too small, and she has been laid up for a trip in order to have a new one put in. During her few hours stay in the basin at Ottawa she was visited by a number of persons, and on all hands was admitted to be fully deserving of the praise given her by the Kingston journals.


Str. Algerian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Spartan, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, St. Catharines, freight.

Prop. Lake Michigan, Toronto, freight.

Prop. Armenia, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Schr. D.M. Foster, Toronto, 16,134 bu. wheat.

Schr. Olivia, Oswego, 177 tons coal.

Schr. Bessie Barwick, Chatham, timber for Garden Island.

Schr. Jane McLeod, 14,000 bu. wheat.


Schr. Twilight, Oswego, coal for Toronto.

Schr. Fanny Campbell, Astabula, 250 tons ore.

Tug Glide, Montreal, four barges, 75,000 bu. grain.

Tug Eleanor and barges, Westport, for hay.

Arrivals at Collins' Bay.

Schr. Sir C.T. Van Straubenzie and Grantham, Tyrconnel, timber.

Lake Freights.

Toronto, Grain to Kingston, 1 3/4 cents. Capt. Conroy, of the Blanche, has his choice to take 1 3/4 cents on grain from here to Kingston, or go to Port Dalhousie for grain to Kingston at 1 7/8 cents. He will not go to Port Dalhousie for less than 2 cents.

Toledo - Freights reported steady to Kingston, corn 5 cents; wheat 5 1/2 cents. The recent drop has not been maintained.

Detroit, Corn to Kingston, 5 cents; wheat, 5 1/4 to 5 1/2 cents; charters made at outside figures.

Kincardine, Wheat to Kingston, 7 cents offered; vessels not offering freely.

Pentwater, M. - Deals to Kingston, 5 1/4 cents.

Wind Wafts - A copy of the storm signal code, as employed at Lake Ontario stations, has been sent us. Mariners should provide themselves with copies of it.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1881