The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 27, 1884

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A Plucked Mariner.

The Editor, British Whig.

Sir, - I was one of the candidates at the late Mariners' Examination, held in Kingston, and I think I have a right to complain of the way in which the Examiners handled a practical seaman. I commenced sailing in 1860 and I have sailed on the lakes for 17 years; the rest of my time was spent at sea, in different country ships. I have been mate, second mate and master for 12 years on the lakes. I was master of a Canadian vessel for two years, and I was for one year on a steamer under tonnage, but she did service on the lake. And I was told that my recommendations were no good by the Examiners, and that the Custom House Officer at Wallaceburg, Ont., Mr. Fraser, would certify to anything I would ask him. In the years that I have been at sea I was mate of American and Australian vessels. Now the Examiners did not consider me qualified to go as mate of a lake vessel. Those Captains took me from the forecastle because they considered me a good man, although not a passed mate. That there was partiality shown I am satisfied. A Kingston Captain was only asked one question, and that was in regard to the distinguishing of colors, and he failed to answer it and yet passed the Board. I say give every Canadian a chance. Many a skilled mariner knows well that I have not got justice. If every lake Captain was put to the same kind of examination that I received not many would have passed. They would then, I suppose, have to send to England for navigators. Would these men sail the vessels safely? I say no. But there is a wide country not far away where every man will get equal justice and where there is a chance for every man to compete. This is a true statement and I defy contradiction. I remain, yours, etc.

Howe Island, March 6th, 1884 JAMES MCDONALD.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 27, 1884