The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 17, 1887

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Buoying The Shoals.

The Recommendations of Capt. Taylor.

Capt. Thomas G. Taylor, marine inspector, has sent a letter to the minister of marine, requesting him to buoy the dangerous spots in the lake above and below this port. He has pointed out that there is a shoal 12 feet under water and opposite to the Kingston penitentiary, and another 11 feet deep and abreast of Murray's tower. By striking on the latter the prop. Myles received the injuries that caused her to sink near the Kingston foundry dock, and incur a loss of about $60,000. There are two dangerous places east of the harbour. One is about a mile and a half distant. In 1885 the schr. Bolivia struck on it. The vessel and her cargo of corn were lost. A 16 feet shoal exists about five miles from the city, off the head of Sir John's Island. Inspector Taylor explains that the occurrence of accidents in this vicinity is detrimental to the through carrying trade of the St. Lawrence. The rate of insurance will be higher and the larger class of vessels will not come this way, causing an increase in the rate of freight where smaller vessels are employed.

The deputy minister of marine has forwarded Capt. Taylor's letter to Harbour Master Smith with instructions to favour the department at Ottawa with a pencil sketch of the harbour and the approaches thereto, showing the points now marked by buoys and the points, which should be marked (and are not) in the interest of safe navigation.

p.8 Bridge Co. vs. K. & P. R.R. - A meeting of the wharves and harbours committee was called for yesterday afternoon. No business was done, a quorum of members not being present. The meeting was to consider whether the K. & P.R.R. Co., in extending its spile dock, was encroaching upon navigable waters. The bridge company object to its construction, and sent its case to the council in the form of a resolution. The committee will meet again on Saturday afternoon.

Incidents Of The Day - The schrs. W.R. Taylor and O. Mowat have been released from the ice surrounding them.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 17, 1887