The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 29, 1888

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p.8 Incidents Of The Day - A new foremast is being placed in the schr. B.W. Folger. About $500 is being spent by Capt. Dandy in improving this vessel.

Today the schr. Jessie H. Breck was chartered to carry three loads of timber from Toledo to Garden Island. The terms are private but over 10 per cent in advance over last year's rates.

Following are the captains of the Central Vermont line: prop. W.L. Frost, W.S. Shay; W.J. Averell, Wm. Rollo; W.A. Haskell, H. Brown; John Pridgeon, D.N. Sherwood; Newburgh, G.W. Stoddard; Waverly, Joseph Hulligan; B.W. Blanchard, James Owen; St. Paul, W.D. Waite.


[Detroit News]

In the fall of 1884 the steamer Spartan, owned by the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, ran on a reef at the Caribou islands in a fog. The navigation company, believing that she was total loss, sent a formal notice of abandonment to the Thames & Mersey insurance company, who had a risk on her for $7,500. The underwriters' agent brought her to the Detroit dry dock, when it was found that she was not so badly damaged as at first supposed. The dry-dock company went ahead and made repairs, but the insurance company refused to pay the bill on the ground that repairs not resulting from the accident were included in the bill; that the company did not accept the abandonment of the vessel, and that the fact that the vessel was running at full speed in the fog and was being steered by a defective compass when the accident occurred, relieved them from responsibility for any injury to the vessel. The vessel was finally sold under a degree of the United States district court on a suit by the dry-dock company, and the navigation company then began suit against the insurance company. The case was on trial before Judge Reilly all last week and terminated in a verdict of $9,527.08 for the navigation company.


The Scheme Discussed At Some Length At Toronto.

[Toronto Globe]

A deputation of the Kingston Board of Trade composed of Mr. J. Muckleston, president; Capt. J. Gaskin, W. Leslie and C.F. Gildersleeve arrived in this city yesterday morning, met a committee of the Toronto board of trade at noon, and discussed the question of a dry dock for Kingston. Mr. W.D. Matthews, jun., occupied the chair, and in opening called upon Mr. Muckleston to speak. The necessity of a dry dock at Kingston, Mr. Muckleston said, was admitted by all, and for some years past the people of Kingston had been moving to have one constructed. It had been brought before the dominion government, and Mr. Perley, after examining the locality, sent engineers to report on its feasibility. But nothing had been yet heard of the report. The object of the deputation was to ask the board of trade of Toronto to give their support in pressing upon the government the necessity of aiding the work, and he felt sure that the board would deal generously with them in the matter.

Mr. Gildersleeve said that the erection of a dry dock in Kingston was a matter beyond private enterprise. With regard to what assistance Kingston would give to the work it was difficult to say as no estimates had yet been made. The dock, if constructed, should be large enough to take in two of the largest vessels that sailed the lakes. But no definite scheme had yet been submitted. When the scheme was finally completed Kingston would not be far behind in helping on the work.

Captain Gaskin said the immense amount of freight handled in Kingston was sufficient proof that a dry-dock was a necessity at that place. Two attempts had been made to erect dry-docks at Kingston by private enterprise. They were both unsuccessful and nothing was done. When the question of the employment of convict labor came up the business men of Kingston saw their opportunity. They waited on the government and secured the promise that if the people of the west were willing to have the dock built they would not hesitate to grant assistance, and the object of the mission to Toronto was to obtain the acquiescence of the board of trade on the scheme. Capt. Gaskin spoke at length regarding the great utility of the work.

Mr. Leslie said that the people of Kingston were as anxious to see the St. Lawrence canal deepened as the shippers of the west, and the deepening of the canals would not interfere with the construction of the dock.

Mr. A.M. Smith was pleased to hear that the people of Kingston were in favour of deepening canals. This statement from Mr. Leslie was now reassuring. It was a great obstacle to have vessels of fourteen feet draft coming through from Duluth having to discharge, and if they wanted to go through with their "skin" on they had to draw only eight or nine feet of water. Farmers would get more for their grain if it could be carried through and if it were not necessary to tranship at Kingston.

Capt. Hall said it was necessary that the dock should be built at Kingston. He therefore moved:

"That this meeting, a committee of the Toronto board of trade, having heard the opinion of the Kingston deputation in reference to government assistance towards building a marine dry dock at Kingston with a view to assist vessels in distress at that point, would hereby recommend to the government the favorable consideration of the prayer of the Kingston board of trade in this matter, retaining to themselves control of said dock if built, so as to make a work of utility for the lake marine; and we would recommend to the Kingston people the advisability of using their influence with the government with the view of deepening the St. Lawrence canal to a depth of fourteen feet of water."

Capt. Crangle spoke at length on the apathy shown by the people of Kingston as respects the deepening of the canals, and said that while he believed in the dry dock being a necessity, he thought that in return for the people of Toronto granting assistance to the scheme, the people of Kingston should show a better spirit in urging upon the government the necessity of deepening the canals.

Mr. Leslie suggested that reciprocity in wrecking be urged upon the dominion government. It would be a mutual benefit to Americans and Canadians. Mr. George Kirkpatrick had a bill to the effect before the Canadian parliament, and Mr. Leslie asked that the Hamilton board of trade and Toronto board of trade assist in having such an act passed. A resolution approving of the bill was passed.

[The opinion was expressed at the meeting, we learn from a returned delegate, in reference to the canal scheme, that it was practicable to obtain a depth of 11 or 12 feet in the St. Lawrence canals, which would be beneficial to barge companies as well as propeller owners.]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 29, 1888