The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 7, 1882

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Calvin & Son have forwarded to Toronto their new steam pump, to be used in raising the schooner Midland Rover. The pump went up by the express. A Grand Trunk engine ran into the city to take the car with it to the outer station.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly arrived here last evening with the str. Conqueror. He expresses thanks to Mayor Gravely, of Cobourg, who stood upon the wharf with a lantern and piloted the steamer into port on Tuesday night. His Worship was the first man to raise the alarm when the Conqueror was in danger. The Harbor Company at Cobourg should dispense with the services of the lighthouse keeper.

The tug Gardiner, with the barges Cherokee and Onondaga, coal laden for Brockville, had a rough passage across the lake from Oswego lately. Several times a wall of water three feet thick dashed clean over the barges, smashing in the cabin of the Cherokee and washing overboard about 40 tons of Lehigh coal from the deck of the Onondaga. The tug reached Clayton in safety and tied up.

The tug McArthur went to the assistance of the schr. Eliza Quinlan yesterday. The vessel was found on the shoal at Poplar Point, and pounding severely. The sea dashed over her, and yet she was not much damaged. The tug returned to the city last night, and as soon as the weather moderates will go back to the vessel with a steam pump, with which to empty her of water and enable her to be pulled off the shoals. The wind today blew unfavorably for the vessel's safety.


The Removal of Tonnage Dues On American Vessels

Retained On Canadian Craft.

A Committee, having investigated the cause of a decline in American shipping, has reported a Bill to Congress and moved for its adoption. One section of the Bill, as constructed by the Committee, will probably cause some concern to Canadian vessel owners whose vessels are engaged in lake traffic, and that is the section providing for the abrogation of tonnage tax on vessels engaged in trade with Canada. An American publication, at Buffalo, remarks that the Bill provides for the collection of this tax from Canadian vessels engaged in trading between American and Canadian ports, but abolishes it when the vessel is the property of an American citizen living in the United States. To the ordinary vessel trading through the Welland Canal this will mean a bonus equal to about 100 dollars per season. The hospital tolls are reduced by one half, and altogether, so far as the lake trade is concerned, with free tolls on the Erie to benefit vessels trading to Buffalo, and fairly good bonus on vessels trading to Kingston, it would seem as if the American lake marine would completely annihilate their young but pushing brethren across the border.

Accepting the statement (which, however, Kingstonians do not believe,) we declare that it will be manifestly unfair for the American Government to do such a thing, it must only result in an act of retaliation by the Canadian Government. At present vessels trading between the two countries have to pay to the United States Government a tax of 30 cents (80 cents ?) per ton. To remove this would be unfair, as according to treaty, the Americans have the use of our canals, with all the improvements, on the same terms as the Canadians. In that direction we could make no retaliation. Since the war Canadian vessels have been paying the tonnage tax and helping by it to wipe out the war debt. So long as American vessels were equally taxed Canadians did not grumble, but they must protest against the proposed discrimination.

Here & There - The yachtsmen threaten to dispose of their crafts and allow aquatic sports to die out. For the first time in the history of this or any other city the yachts have been assessed at almost full value.

p.4 Times On The Lakes - Early History of the Staunch Old Str. Magnet.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 7, 1882