The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 15, 1887

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p.1 Entertaining Marine Railway Men - An oyster supper was given by the foreman of the Portsmouth marine railway to the employees on Wednesday evening last. It was in recognition of the successful manner in which they docked the steamer Hero during the cold weather. All the culinary attachments of the railway were brought into play, and about ten gallons of oysters were served up, all hot, to about forty persons, besides dessert. Songs and speeches were given, and all made a move for home about 11 o'clock.


Reduction Of Tolls and Improvement of Navigation Discussed.

The annual meeting of the Canadian Marine Association was held in Toronto on Thursday afternoon, members being present from Kingston, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Collingwood and Toronto. A resolution was passed asking the dominion government for an immediate announcement that reduction of canal tolls on grain to two cents per ton will be continued this year, so that arrangements can be made for the coming season's business, and praying for a similar reduction on lumber. A resolution was passed that the association considers that the law in Canada, requiring barges in tow of steamers to carry certified mates, is oppressive to the trade, as this is not required in the same class of vessels running on the lakes under the American flag. A deputation, consisting of Captain Crangle, J.H. Hagarty, W. Hall, Captain Neelon, Captain Gaskin, Captain Fairgrieve, and the secretary was appointed to proceed to Ottawa to lay before the proper department the resolutions adopted, and the representation made last season of the urgent necessity to complete the St. Lawrence canals to the same capacity as the Welland Canal, and that pending completion of this work expenditure be made whereby ten feet of water may be obtained in the Cornwall and Beauharnois canals. The co-operation of the boards of trade of Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton and Port Arthur was asked by the passing of resolutions and sending of deputations to act in conjunction with the association's deputation. The government will be petitioned to erect a storm signal station at Tobermory, Georgian Bay, with a telegraph station attached, and to dredge out the mouth of Windfield Basin, and have the Georgian Bay between Collingwood and Cabot's Head surveyed by Commander Boulton. The following officers were elected: President, W. Hall, Toronto; vice-president, Capt. Gaskin, Kingston; secretary-treasurer, W.A. Geddes, Toronto.

p.8 Incidents Of The Day - Mr. Myles, owner of the propeller Myles, sunk near the Kingston foundry dock, will arrive on Monday and perfect arrangements for raising the boat.

Personal Mention - Capt. Thomas Donnelly and Capt. Carter, Deseronto, have been elected members of the executive committee of the Canadian Marine Association.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 15, 1887