The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 23, 1883

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p.1 Civic Legislation - petition of James Richardson & Sons, stating that they were situated like other Forwarding Companies doing business in the city, that they are improving their property at the foot of Princess street to the decided advantage of the shipping facilities of the port, and desired its assessment to be left at what it was before the fire. (full column)

Municipal Exemptions - positions of aldermen on forwarding companies.

p.2 Petition To Minister of Public Works - to make chain of lakes between Rideau and Sydenham Lakes navigable to Rideau Canal.

p.3 Light House Wanted - at head of Carleton Island.


Last evening the steamboat Engineers, to the number of 40, assembled in the Firemen's Hall. They met to discuss their grievances. Gilbert Johnson was moved into the chair, and J. Gillie was appointed Secretary. It was decided to petition Parliament to the following effect:

That Engineers were unfairly dealt with under the Steamboat Act passed at the last session of Parliament.

(1) - That the fees for the renewal of certicates had been increased from $1 to $5, while the American Engineers, who receive double the remuneration, only pay 50 cents for renewals.

(2) - That the Engineers holding first class certificates are exempt from paying any fees, and therefore enjoy more priveleges than the lower classes.

(3) - That Assistant Engineers' papers being cancelled will cause a scarcity of men to act as Second Engineers next season; that these men suffer an injustice, many of them have been taking out Assistants' papers for years, and are now out of occupation altogether.

(4) - That boats up to 150 tons, gross tonnage, which do not carry passengers, are relieved of the necessity of engaging qualified Engineers, and can engage whom they like.

The petition points out that the lives of those on these boats require as much protection as the lives of those upon passenger boats. The Engineers hope that the law will be amended. The M.P.'s in this city will support the petition. A meeting on Friday night will decide who shall present it at Ottawa.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 23, 1883