The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1887

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p.1 Picked Up On The Shore - bottle with message, supposedly from two men afloat on Lake Ontario; thought to be a hoax.


The str. Rideau Belle started today on her Rideau canal route.

The schr. Philo Bennett has cleared for Collinsby.

The schr. Clara Youell has arrived from Toronto with a cargo of grain.

The schr. B.W. Folger has been tied up and her crew discharged.

The steamers Reliance cleared today for Charlotte with a cargo of ties.

Freight on iron ore from Kingston to Chicago is quoted at 60 cents to 75 cents per ton.

The schr. Julia has arrived from St. John Island with a cargo of stone for Toronto.

The schr. Pride of America will clear tomorrow for Georgian Bay to load timber for Collinsby.

The schr. Jessie H. Breck has been chartered for two cargoes of grain from Duluth to Kingston at 7 cents per bushel. It is thought great quantities of it will be shipped via the St. Lawrence route this year.

The canals of New York will be opened on Sunday. There are 5,000,000 bushels of grain on the lakes en route to Buffalo, to be transported through the Erie canal. By the 1st of June there will be 150 new boats on the canals. Sixty new propellers have been built on the lakes this season.

This morning the prop. Ocean arrived at Swift's wharf with all her colors flying. During the past winter Sylvester Neelon, of St. Catharines, owner of the steamer, expended $7,000 in making improvements to her hull and machinery. Capt. Towers, in command, is a native of Kingston, and a most genial, obliging and careful officer.

Personal Mention - Capt. Pierce, of Evansville, Indiana, who has been absent during the winter months, returned to the city today. He looks well.

p.8 Repairing The Shipyard - Power's shipyard will be put in condition for work as soon as possible. Mr. Carruthers, who owns the property, is determined to make the best use of it. Arrangementts have been made for the replacing of the old main railway, (the usefulness of which is gone) by a modern one. Other improvements will be made.

Useful Career Ended - George Davidson, of Davidson & Doran foundry, one of the best marine foundries in Ontario; former mayor.

Incidents Of The Day - John Donnelly, jr. and diver Kelley returned after repairing water valves of paper company at Campbellford.


The deputation, consisting of Alds. McIntyre, Gildersleeve, McGuire, Muckleston, Harty and Capt. Gaskin, waited upon the minister of justice, Hon. J.S.D. Thompson yesterday, and laid before him the scheme of for the building of a dry dock by convict labor. It was pointed out that a great many convicts had been removed from industrial pursuits, and that as the marine interests demanded the erection of a large dock at the eastern end of Lake Ontario it was feasible to employ the convicts in its construction. They would not be placed in competition with free labour, but would rather be an aid to it, for the dock, when completed, would give employment to a large number of mechanics and labourers. The minister could not see anything objectionable in the proposal. If the ministry concluded that the dry dock was a useful and needed institution in Kingston he thought from seventy-five to one hundred convicts might be put to work upon it. The matter was then laid before Sir Hector Langevin and he said the proposal appealed to him. However, as other places securing similar considerations took a share in the responsibilities it might be necessary for Kingston to do the same. For instance if the rent secured was inadequate to pay a proper percentage on the capital it might be necessary for the municipality to meet the deficiency. Such a contingency was a matter for future consideration. The deputation assured the minister that no such difficulty as he surmised would occur. If the scheme was judiciously carried out, it would rent for enough to meet all expenses. Sir John Macdonald was called upon and he was already informed about the matter. The only objection he saw as to the employment of convict labour, was that a cry might be raised against the government. However, if the deputation could show him that the people of this locality would not look at the matter objectionably he thought the scheme could be accomplished. Both conservatives and reformers upon the deputation informed the premier that the employment of the convicts was not of a permanent character; that without the government taking the matter up a dry dock could never be built in Kingston; that it would be the means of giving much work to mechanics and laborers hereafter; and they were satisfied that the proposal would meet with the almost unanimous sanction of the citizens. They would give him evidence upon that point at a later period. The minister of public works intimated that he would send an engineer to report upon the matter, and he also said, when the deputation spoke to him about the shoals, that the work of removing them would be begun on an extensive scale this summer.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1887