The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1888

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[The Globe]

An investigation into the charge of incompetency made against Capt. James Dick, inspector of hulls, by H. Lyon, manager of the Car and Transport Co.'s ferries, has been concluded at Brockville. Capt. Risley, chairman of steamboat inspection, is having the evidence transcribed. The case is creating considerable attention. Two years ago he inspected the ferry steamer Chaffee (sic - Chaffey ?), which ran between Brockville and Morrisburg. He granted her a two years' certificate, which expired in May last. Another application was made, and Captain Dick reported the Chaffee unseaworthy and refused to grant a certificate. The company appealed to the marine department, and used every influence to have the certificate granted, alleging that the steamer was seaworthy. The marine department, therefore, instructed Captain Dick to alter his report, and suggested that he grant a new certificate to the Chaffee, but the captain stoutly refused on the ground that by so doing he would endanger life. No influence the marine department could bring to bear on Captain Dick would induce him to alter his first report. He stuck to it. Then the government sent an inspector from Quebec, and he granted the Chaffee a certificate for twelve months. Afterwards a charge of incompetency was preferred by the manager of the company against Capt. Dick, and an order in council of the 28th of June authorized Captain Risley to investigate the matter. From the evidence it appears that neither Capt. Dick nor the Quebec investigator performed the duty of inspection thoroughly. Neither made a complete examination of the hull, for when Mr. J. Power, of Kingston, was called as an expert he declined to make an examination of the boat until the coal was removed from her hold amidships. When this was done the condition of the Chaffee was brought clearly to the notice of all interested, and the condition of the bottom was, it is said by Power in evidence, sufficient to warrant Capt. Dick in refusing a certificate. While the boat was comparatively strong fore and aft her whole weakness existed amidships, a part which was not examined by either inspector, although Captain Dick might have judged of its rottenness without having the coal removed. In order that the charge of incompetency might be sustained the investigators have gone not only into evidence bearing on efficiency or incompetency but to an indecent extent into Capt. Dick's private affairs.



The barge now on the stocks at Garden Island will likely be finished late in the fall.

The schr. White Oak has been chartered by Breck & Booth to load coal at Oswego for Kingston.

The tug Traveller brought the barge William to the city on Saturday. It struck and sank near Henderson Harbour several days ago.

Arrivals: schr. Emerald, Manistee, 300,000 feet white pine deals; schr. Ocean Wave, Oswego, 148 tons coal.

Personal Mention - Engineer Perly, with Messrs. O'Rourke, Kelly and W. Gunn, have for some time been engaged in surveying for the new drydock opposite Power's shipyard. It is expected that the work of construction will begin this fall. Mr. Perley and wife will live in the city this winter.

On Friday evening F. Sommerville, jr., second engineer on the steamer Alexandria, while fixing machinery was struck by the walking beam and badly injured.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1888