p.8 Incidents Of The Day - Last evening the str. Pierrepont brought to the city from Clayton the str. John Thorn. She will winter here and be generally overhauled.
MEETING IN COUNCIL.
The Marine Engineers May Form An Association.
Tomorrow evening a meeting of marine engineers will be held in the council chamber for the purpose of discussing matters pertaining to the trade, and probably a branch of the Canadian marine engineers association, the headquarters of which is in Toronto, will be formed. Mr. Anderson, of Toronto, a member of the associaton is in the city and will be present at the meeting. The second annual report of this association has been presented. It indicates a steady increase in membership. It also points out that during the past year certain events have transpired which prove the uselessness of the present steamboat inspectors' act, so far as the clauses relating to the compulsory carrying of licensed engineers on passengers and freight vessels is concerned. Experience has taught engineers that the machinery required to make the claims in question effective do not exist, and in consequence owners of vessels and unlicensed engineers pay no regard to the claims in question to the great detriment of properly qualified and licensed engineers and to the public. It is likely that a committee will be sent to Ottawa during the forthcoming session of parliament to ask that the following changes be made in the steamboat inspectors' act:
That all vessels, propelled in whole or in part by steam, irrespective of size or class, shall carry properly licensed engineers.
That they shall be inspected in their hulls as well as in their machinery.
That inspectors be compelled to prosecute all owners and engineers infringing this act.
That steamboat owners or their agents be compelled to report to the local inspector all changes of licensed officers as they occur.
That inspectors be appointed at the different ports whose duties will be to see the act enforced in every particular.
That engineers' certificates, when granted, be good during life, unless revoked for incompetency.
A cordial invitation is extended to all marine engineers in the city to attend the meeting tomorrow evening. It is the intention in time to transform the engineers' association into an engineers' brotherhood.
Dec. 17, 1886