The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 20, 1887

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Canada Marine Association.

Kingston, Jan. 19th - To the Editor: In a late issue of the Whig I noticed an editorial headed "A Wretched Suggestion" in which people are given to understand that the Canadian Marine Association, in petitioning for the amendment of the law relating to the carrying of certified captains and mates on barges, is trying to create a monopoly. This is not true. Canadian tows have to compete with American tows, which do not carry certified men, and it is to the interest of Canadian vessels, both sail and steam, that the law should be amended. I have known a vessel to be detained a day by the mate leaving her, and there being no other in the port causing the owner of the vessel serious expense and stoppage of trade. Vessels are constantly annoyed by custom officials asking for the certificates as to the protection of life and property demanding the enforcement of the act. It is to the interest of vessel owners to select competent men as captains and mates of their boats, and there are many such, who, though they have not certificates, are more competent to sail a boat than some of those that have been, and it is a notorious fact that there are men who have never been off Lake Ontario who, by the certificates they hold, are entitled to sail boats on Lake Superior. The Canadian Marine Association is not, as has been stated by the Whig, composed of capitalists. Every man owning a vessel, or having any interest in the Canadian marine, is invited to be a member of it. A meeting of the delegates from the different ports takes place each year when matters of importance pertaining to the Canadian marine are discussed. Sailors have their unions, railroad men their associations, and why should vessel owners not have their association?

Yours, etc., JUSTICE.

Canvas Makes The Difference.

To the Editor;

How is it that the craft composing some tows have to carry certified officers and others have not? Is there any partiality in the enforcement of the act?


Ans.: The masts and canvass make all the difference in the world. A barge, though towed and bearing sails, must have certificated officers; a barge, towed and without sails, is not obliged to carry skilled navigators. The dangers are the same so far as the lakes are concerned.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 20, 1887