The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1887

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p.5 Why Not Buoy The Shoals? -Some three months ago, Capt. Taylor, of this city, in a document sent by him to the government, pointed out the necessity of having the shoals in the harbor buoyed. Up to the present no action has been taken in the matter. Mariners are anxious to know why this is the case.



The str. Varuna has had repairs made here to the wheel which she broke on May 24th.

The schr. Annie Falconer has been chartered to load coal at Oswego for Hamilton. Freights 40 cents.

The str. Spartan passed down to Montreal this morning with a large number of passenges on board.

The tug Easton and three barges, with 300,000 feet of lumber, are on their way from Ottawa to Kingston.

Three barges are en route from Oswego with coal for Ottawa.

Arrivals: schrs. C. Gearing, Oswego, 156 tons coal; P. Bennett, Oswego, 176 tons coal; Jennie, Duluth, 10,935 bushels wheat; Regina, Duluth, 8,585 bushels wheat; G.M. Neelon, West Superior, 22,818 bushels wheat.

Clearances: schrs. Annandale, Oswego, light; Maggie McRae, Ashtabula, light; steam barge Bruno, Ashtabula, light.

Death Of A Mariner - Capt. Walters, of Picton, became ill after searching for people from Ducks who got lost last spring.


Some weeks ago the customs officials here received notification that a fee of $1 should be collected from every vessel, Canadian or American, entering from or departing for an American port. This had been the law, but the collector had previously ignored it so far as Canadian vessels were concerned. Of course there was a growl. Every Canadian got on his high horse and proclaimed the thing "a piece of imposition," and remonstrances poured in upon the minister of customs. The tax was most unfair and just as the Whig showed it to be some days ago. In several instances all the profits on ferry steamers were swallowed up by the fees imposed. Yesterday notification was received that the law, so far as Canadian vessels were concerned, had been abrogated and vessel owners are happy again. "I knew that the law would only be enforced for about a week" said a custom official, "for in that time such a hornet's nest would be stirred up that the minister would gladly call a rest."



regular meeting of board of trade - (part)

Mr. Pope. secretary of Sir John A. Macdonald, wrote as follows, under date of June 10th: "I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th inst., and to say to you with respect to the question of the erection of a dry dock and the employment of convict labor, that inasmuch as parliament will probably rise in a week it will not be practicable for the government to bring down any measures bearing thereon this session. I am to add that both these subjects will engage the attention of the government between now and next January."

Hon. Mr. Thompson wrote that no work could be done by prisoners at the penitentiary in connection with the dry dock until the construction of such a work was directed by the government, and even then, if the convicts were to be employed, they would be merely placed under the direction of the officers of the minister of public works.

Mr. Muckleston reported that the chief engineer of the public works department would be in Kingston between July 20th and July 25th to look at suitable sites for the dry dock.

Messrs. Muckleston, Gaskin, Cunningham, Minnes, and J. Richardson were appointed a committee to assist the engineer while in the city. The president was also requested to call the committee together to consider the course that they would pursue in presenting their case to the engineer....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1887