The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 1, 1888

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p.5 A Long Felt Want Supplied - by str. Hero.

p.8 Incidents Of The Day - During the season of navigation the prop. Persia consumes 1,500 cords of wood. Capt. Scott will leave for the east in a few days, to make arrangements for the purchase of fuel.


Collinsby Rafting Company - Mr. W. Leslie, manager of the Collinsby rafting company, which does a large business in shipping and forwarding, was asked, "How would commercial union affect the shipping trade of the lakes?" "It would be a great advantage to it," said Mr. Leslie. "I have no doubt the capacity of the Canadian shipping would be trebled in a couple of years. Shipbulding would be begun at once, which would mean the opening of shipyards, the employment of tradesmen, and the extensive use of iron and timber. Not only would our ores be sent in large quantities to the United States, but our home market for it would be greatly increased. There would be a demand for a large number of hands on the extra vessels employed, and the carrying trade generally by water and rail would be developed, and all this would be attained without giving up much of our present trade in rafting, etc. to the Americans."


The minister of customs says, with regard to Hon. G.A. Kirkpatrick's notice concerning American wrecking vessels, that it has been the policy of the government to protect Canadian wrecking companies from competition at the hands of Americans in Canadian waters except in cases where, by delay in securing the services of a Canadian tug, life and property would be in danger of loss or injury. The American government has intimated its desire to enquire into a reciprocal arrangement by which Canadian wrecking vessels might enter American waters, on similar concessions being made by this government as regards American vessels in Canadian waters, but in view of the fact that four-fifths of the wrecks on the great lakes occur on the Canadian side, the American companies would be placed in direct and undue competition with our own vessels, without any corresponding benefit being afforded.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 1, 1888