The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 23, 1888

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The Dry-Dock Committee And The Claims They Made.

The dry-dock deputation, consisting of Alds. McIntyre, Minnes, Gildersleeve, Capt. Donnelly, G. Richardson, Capt. Carter, J.H. Metcalfe, M.P.P., Hon. G.A. Kirkpatrick, U. Wilson, M.P., G. Taylor, M.P., and Captain Labelle, M.P., waited on Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Hector Langevin yesterday and pressed their claims upon the consideration of the government. Ald. McIntyre presented the deputation to the ministers, who received them graciously. The facts of the case were gone over again and the evidence requested to be produced, that the marine interests demanded a dry-dock in Kingston, was handed in in the shape of resolutions from representative bodies of all the leading ports between Hamilton and Kingston. There was a unaminous desire that the government should build and control the dock. It was shown that to secure the grain trade by the St. Lawrence route it was eminently desirable that the large vessel owners should have a place at the foot of Lake Ontario where they could have their craft repaired in case of damage, especially as the chief points of danger were at the lower part of Lake Ontario. Capt. Labelle, M.P., the manager of the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company, strongly urged the claims for the dock, saying that Kingston was undoubtedly the place for such a marine work. The subject was generally discussed, the chief features brought out being as above mentioned. The ministers replied that they had a great deal about the proposed dock, and had been considering the matter, as well as having plans and other details prepared in the hope of seeing their way to do something. It was held that the tolls and fees collected thereupon when constructed would undoubtedly make a fair return on the original cost. Sir Hector Langevin admitted the strength of the case made out for the scheme, and the resolutions adopted by the boards of trade showed the interest taken by Western business men in it. Even if the government undertook the work he could not promise that the site chosen would be in Kingston, as the suburb of Portsmouth would perhaps be in every way more available and serve the vessels interests as well. The members of the deputation were quite willing to let the government choose the site. Of course the scheme would have to be considered by parliament, and they could give no assurances in regard to the matter. The deputation, however, went away satisfied that the prospects for the dock were most gratifying.

Incidents Of The Day - Mr. Powers has got a contract to build a steamboat near Rice Lake. He was in the city this week looking for men to assist him in the work.

Personal Mention - Mr. Jury, representative of the labour party at Ottawa, has in his possession portions of the planks of the prop. Oriental, wrecked last fall. They are thoroughly rotten, and Mr. Jury will use them as exhibits in his interview with the minister of marine tomorrow and as a powerful argument in favour of the regular inspection of ship's hulls.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 23, 1888