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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1887

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p.5 ad - The Iron Palace Passenger Steamer Ella Ross, Capt. W. Garrett, Kingston to Montreal, returning by Ottawa and Rideau route, with drawing. April 20th

p.8 City's Public Works - (part) During the year ending June 31st, 1886, 1,648 cubic yards of rock were taken off Point Frederick Shoal at an expense of $3,937.28. Since confederation the total expenditure on the harbor has been $40,920.26.

Death of W.H. Davy - of Bath, built many vessels (not listed).

Changes In Regulations - The Department of Marine has made modifications and changes as to the inspection of vessels. The clause which gave the inspector instructions to remove part of the ceiling of boats in making inspection, has been made. The tackle on life boats shall be strong enough to lower the equipment and crew. The eighteenth clause, to regulate the dimensions of the sails to the size of the masts, has been made to read that such dimensions shall be suitable to the vessel. In cases of doubt the matter shall be referred to the chairman of inspectors. Gangways to have provision for being secured at both ends, has been made to read that they shall simply be safely secured. Clause twenty-two, which made it imperative that the trim of vessels should be given on the midship section, has been made more explicit that the said trim shall be marked on the sketch in the inspector's office.


The Crafts Are Leaving Now For American Ports.

T. Hartnett has sold the schr. Julia for $2,500.

The schr. Annandale is unloading coal for Crawford.

The schr. Grantham will load iron ore on Friday for Chicago.

The schr. Oliver Mowat is taking on lumber for Oswego.

The smoke stack of the prop. Myles was placed in position today.

The schr. H. Dudley is expected to clear for Oswego this evening.

Oldrieve & Horn are fitting out the barge Regina with sails and rigging.

The crew of the schr. A. Falconer are fitting her out. She is being repainted and repaired.

The steamer Norseman will start her regular trips between Port Hope and Charlotte on Monday.

As soon as the ice clears the prop. Scotia will go to Gananoque to load 10,000 bushels of barley for Oswego.

The schr. B.W. Folger is expected to reach Wolfe Island today. She will load barley for Oswego.

The str. Johnston brought from Garden Island today timber for Capt. Dix, of the schr. White Oak.

The str. Lotus, of Ogdensburg, has been purchased by Charles Byrnes, of Escanaba, Mich., where she will be taken to.

The ice on the Bay of Quinte is becoming quite soft. It is thought navigation will be resumed about the first of next week.

The sale of the Craftsman to Macpherson & Lee, of Goderich, was not effected. Lewis Bros. are still the owners of the boat.

The str. D.D. Calvin coaled at Breck & Booth's today. She leaves tomorrow with the schr. Prussia for Hamilton to load timber.

The str. Princess Louise, returning from Cape Vincent yesterday, was nearly caught in the ice floe, which the wind drove down the lake.

The steamer Canada will start out with a thorough overhauling, and new iron keelsons. Capt. McGriffin, Oakville, will again be in command.

The str. Deseronto will take the place of the Gipsy, which has been sold, on the Napanee and Picton route this year.Captain William Skiller in command.

During the winter the str. Gipsy was rebuilt by Capt. Garrett. Her name has been changed to Ella Ross. She will run between Kingston and Ottawa.

The damaged grain in the prop. Myles has been sold at 15 cents per bushel to American parties. Capt. Myles will ship the grain to the purchasers in New York.

Tomorrow the str. Maud will make her first to Cape Vincent. She has been greatly improved. Besides being repainted she has been refurnished. The ladies' cabin is richly fitted up. The staff of the steamer will be the same as last year with one exception of the steward, who will be Mr. F. Greenwood.

The str. Resolute will, it is expected, clear for Oswego tonight with a cargo of ties. She has been fitted out with a Fuller & Wood dynamo which will be run by a Doty engine. The steamer will be illuminated before leaving port this evening. The electric lights will not be used continually, but only when it is necessary to load and unload the steamer at night.

Mr. J. Campbell is building a handsome steam yacht. It will be ready for service in a few weeks. Her dimensions are: Length, 25 ft; beam, 5 ft 6 in. The engine which has a 3 x 4 1/2 inch cylinder wall, it is calculated, drive the boat at the rate of twelve miles an hour. Mr. Hamilton, collector of customs, is also building a fine yacht. She will carry a five horse-power engine and run very fast. The steam yacht John B. Sabre has been improved and repainted.

The following crafts are in port at Picton, and are being got ready for a start: Steamers Alexandria and Empress of India, steambarge Belle Wilson, and schooners Bullock, Olivia and Laura, of Kingston. The Alexandria and Empress will be commanded as formerly by Capts. Smith and VanVlack. They have both had considerable repairs done to the machinery, and are neatly painted and furnished. Messrs. Somerville and O'Reilly, of Kingston, are the head engineers on the steamers, and the assistants are also Kingstonians.

Today Capt. W.R. Taylor, inspector of hulls for the Marine association, celebrated his seventy-seventh birthday. He is the second oldest mariner in the city. R. Kent is eight years his senior and was sailing the Canadian lakes when when Capt. Taylor arrived in Canada. Mr. Taylor spent thirteen years on the ocean before coming to Canada. He stopped sailing about sixteen years ago, when he accepted the position he now fills so acceptably. He is well liked by his fellow citizens, who unite in wishing him peace and prosperity while he lives.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1887