The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 27, 1882

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The following absurd, silly and erroneous statement has been telegraphed from Ottawa to the Chicago Inter-Ocean.

"An expert shipbuilder was sent, about a month ago, by the Government to visit all shipyards in Ontario, to examine and inspect vessels there under construction, with a view of introducing an Act at the approaching session. He has returned, having visited Kingston, Toronto, Owen Sound, Hamilton, Port Robinson, Dalhousie, St. Catharines and Windsor, and reports an alarming state of affairs. He says vessels and steamers, numbering about 50, of all sizes up to 1,500 tons, were built and put together in the poorest manner, and that nearly all of them were "coffins." Ship work, he found, was better done and stronger at Windsor, and next Hamilton, than in other places in Canada. He examined some 400 Canadian vessels lying at different ports in Canada, and found them of the same grade as at the shipyards - not staunch, unseaworthy. He also examined American vessels at Sarnia and Detroit, and found them much superior to Canadian vessels in staunch and seaworthy qualities, although they were not up to the standard excellence. The majority of Canadian vessels examined were about half up to American vessels. A few were nearly, but not entirely, up to American vessels examined. It has long since been suspected that some such state of affairs existed, but the Government were not prepared for such sweeping reports. Strict measures, no doubt, will be taken to correct this and prevent the wholesale sacrifice of life that has been so long going on."

Mariners at this port have been interviewed on the subject, and denied the allegations contained in the above article. One gentleman, of fifty years' nautical experience, emphatically declared that the article was a tissue of falsehoods, concocted for a purpose. There are numerous applicants for the position of Government Marine Inspector, and no doubt one of these, by representing the state of Canadian shipping as above, hopes to bring about a speedy appointment. He has stretched the truth a little too much and made a palpable blunder. The Marine Department will be questioned as to the facts.

p.3 A New Grain Elevator - may be erected on Ontario St. by Eilbeck & Co.

Will Take Soundings - A Government Engineer has arrived from Ottawa and, in accordance with the promise of Hon. H.L. Langevin, will take soundings of the depth of water over the shoals in the harbor. To remove the former and make the latter capable of accommodating the Welland Canal fleet will require an expenditure of $5,000.

Whats The News - Capt. Cuthbert to rebuild sloop Glasgow and build new str.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 27, 1882