The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1888

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p.5 Part Of It Is In Canada - The report of the Chief of Engineers in response to the resolution of inquiry concerning the jurisdiction over the St. Clair Canal was transmitted to the Senate yesterday by Secretary Endicott...

p.8 Harnessing Lachine Rapids - syndicate wants to dam river and produce power.

The Beginning Of The Bad Work - The burning of the Canadian steamer Prince Alfred at Sandwich recently has recalled a matter of history: In September, 1887 a vessel was stranded on the U.S. side of the Detroit River, near Wyandotte. A request was sent to the secretary of the treasury, Washington, for a permit to allow the Prince Alfred to go to her relief. An answer was received: "All vessels stranded in American waters fall into the hands of United States custom authorities, and must not be touched by foreign wrecking tugs." This action of the United States minister was immediately brought before the Mackenzie administration, who acted at once and passed an order in council precisely the same terms as the decision of the United States secretary of the treasury. This is the origination of the famous wrecking law that has caused and is yet causing trouble between the two countries.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1888