The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1887

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The Dry Dock Scheme.

(part) ..."After the minutes were read President Muckleston made the following address:

"Since the last meeting of the board the government engineers, sent by the department of public works, have made a survey of the different sites selected by the board of trade for the proposed dry dock, and sent in their report to the department. It is for the board now to take action on the important subject as they see fit, and as the procuring of the dry dock is of enormous benefit to this city it is hoped that all the help that any member can give towards its completion will be forthcoming."...

..."It was moved by J. Gaskin, seconded by James Minnes, and resolved, that as the dominion government has acted upon the suggestion of the Kingston board of trade in reference to the proposed dry dock, by sending a staff of engineers to make surveys and report on different localities suitable for said dock, and the staff having returned to Ottawa, with all respect we urge upon the government to follow the matter up by deciding on the locality and have work started the coming winter, and push through until completed; that we believe it only reasonable to ask the government to do such a work, considering that it has done so much to assist in building dry docks for the accommodation of the ocean marine, and up to the present no money has been spent by the government in building docks for the accommodation of our inland marine, which is so much required on the lower end of the chain of lakes; and that Messrs. J. Gaskin and Muckleston be a committee to proceed to Ottawa, when they deem it expedient, to urge the matter upon the government.

Capt. Gaskin made a short address, pointing out the needs of the dry dock. He could not see why the knights of labour should oppose the scheme, for private enterprise would never build here what would be an undoubted benefit. If the government built it and then rented it a company could run it, and it would give employment to many workmen. The resolution was carried."...


The schr. Philo Bennett is loading lumber here, the schr. Singapore barley at Gananoque, and the schr. B.W. Folger barley at Wolfe Island, all for Oswego.

The barges Southampton and Gaskin have gone into winter quarters. The prop. Scotia and barge Oriental have been chartered to carry ties from Deseronto to Charlotte.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1887