THE LAKE MARINE.
Ottawa, Feb. 27th - With reference to his motion for the return of all vessels lost on inland waters last season Mr. Dawson states that it is his intention to secure this session legislation necessary to prevent a large number of rotten hulks now engaged in the carrying trade from carrying cargoes next year. He says that the great demand for tonnage has induced owners of barges which have remained at the bottom of the lakes for years to raise these vessels, which are now being repaired for next season's work, and his object is to prevent these floating coffins from entering into the carrying trade if possible.
The government have promised to assist him in promoting the measure, and without doubt next season will see some radical change in the present inspection law.
The Spartan's Insurance - Detroit, Feb. 26th - On June 19, 1883, about 2 o'clock a.m., the steamer Spartan foundered on Caribou Island, in Lake Superior. The vessel was insured in five companies, among which was the Thames and Mersey Insurance Company, in which a policy of $7,500 was placed. The insurance companies refused to pay the claims on the ground of unseaworthiness and carelessness. Suit against five of them was brought in the Wayne Circuit Court by the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company, to which the Spartan belonged. The suit against the Thames and Mersey Insurance Company came up for trial before Judge Reilly over a week ago, and has ever since occupied the court's attention. The trial resulted yesterday in a verdict of $9,527, being the face value of the policy and interest accrued thereon.
p.8 Incidents Of The Day - The steamer Pierrepont was cut out of the ice today.
The steamer Pilgrim, declared unseaworthy, has been broken up at Deseronto.
At last the government has asked that an engineer examine and report whether the east breakwater at Oswego is dangerous to vessels entering the harbor. The majority of Canadian mariners have greatly complained about the obstruction.
Commercial Union - Talk With Mr. H.M. Folger: How would the extension of American coasting privileges affect Canadian vessels?