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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 11, 1889

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Their Grieveances - Memorializing the Government.

Toronto, Jan. 10th - At the meeting of the Canadian inland marine association, a number of matters of interest were brought up. A resolution was passed to petition the government to amend the steamboat act so that steamers made in the old country and whose boilers are inspected there will undergo inspection here on the same basis and under the same rules as are adopted by the British board of trade and Lloyd's inspection. The association will also request the government to order collectors of customs to give a more liberal interpretation to the order-in-council authorizing a rebate on duty on bituminous coal to steamers using it for fuel and clearing for a foreign port. As it is now if they clear for a foreign port and touch at a Canadian port before reaching their destination they must pay duty, which the association claims is not in accordance with the spirit of the order-in-council.

The election of officers then took place, and nearly all the old ones were reelected. A committee was appointed to decide what steps the association should take in regard to the better regulation of charters so as to do away, if possible, with the low rates that have prevailed lately.

The government is also to be petitioned for the establishment of numerous lights and fog whistles along the chain of lakes.

The resolution that created most discussion was the one offered by Captain Norris, to the effect that it is advisable that the forwarding companies at Kingston reduce their charges on the carriage of grain between Kingston and Montreal and also erect elevators at Kingston where vessels can immediately discharge and get away without detention. Mr. Norris said he thought the forwarding companies should do more than they are doing to help vessel interests, and referred to the loss to vessels by detention at Kingston on account of there not being barges to discharge them. He said that when grain rates were very much higher than at present forwarding companies charged just the same rates as now, and he thought that when vessel freights lowered the forwarding companies should also decrease their charges, and not make vessel men stand the loss for the entire route. If their rates were lower, they would get more business, and increased trade would more than make up for lower rates. In reply, Mr. D.G. Thompson, of the Montreal transportation company, said he would second Mr. Norris' motion. He stated, however, that he could hold out to the association no hope of lower rates from his company as they already carried grain as low as they could afford to. The St. Lawrence trade had been disastrous to them on account of detention to their boats in Montreal. He did not think an elevator was needed in Kingston, and anyone building one would lose money on it. In reply to those who criticized the manager of the company he would say let any members of the association form a syndicate and offer to buy out the Montreal transportation company at a valuation to be made by the association, and he would promise them that the shareholders of the company would be very glad to close with their offer.

The committee on lighthouses and fog whistles recommended that the association request the government: (1) To place range lights to lead into the lower harbor of Kingston until the shoals in the harbor are removed. (2) To place a fog whistle on Point Peter (Long Point), the False Ducks and Port Dalhousie, on Lake Ontario. (3) The (Dunning) Point Pelee, Long Point and Colchester Reef, on Lake Erie. (4) Range lights to enter anchorage at Parry Sound. (5) A buoy on the eleven foot spot on the range between Knapp's Point and Point Henry, on the St. Lawrence. The report also recommended a better system of buoys on Lachine Lake, at one or two points in Coteau Lake, and at the entrance to Valleyfield. The report was adopted.

The following resolution caused considerable discussion and brought out several patriotic speeches: Moved by W. Lesslie, seconded by D.G. Thomson, that it is advisable that this association take action with reference to assisting in bringing before the government the necessity of allowing the bill of reciprocity in wrecking, which will again be brought before the dominion house by the Hon. Geo. Kirkpatrick to pass, and that any deputation which may go up from this association to Ottawa shall press upon the government the necessity of this matter, and that the boards of trade of Toronto, Hamilton and Kingston be asked to cooperate. It was carried.

D.G. Thomson moved, seconded by Captain Towers, a resolution to memorialize the government to appoint a committee to inquire into the best means of enlarging and strengthening the Cornwall canal so as to prevent a recurrence of the late disaster. In a forcible speech the mover spoke of the great amount of loss that had been sustained by the various industries of the country through the delay caused by the recent break, and urged the necessity of something more being done than had been to guard against future danger.

Mr. Graham thought that the losers by the late break had good cause for an action against the government, and that the association should censure the government for its neglect.

Capt. Dick Had To Go - As the result of the report of Captain Risley, chairman of the board of steamboat inspectors, who held an enquiry at Brockville some time back into a complaint against Captain Dick, that he condemned a seaworthy boat as unfit for service, Captain Dick has been removed from the service. Captain Thomas Donnelly, of Kingston, has been appointed to succeed him. This paragraph from the Ottawa Free Press is interesting. Captain Donnelly will mke a most efficient inspector of hulls.

p.5 The Fury of the Cyclone - at Port Colborne - The Isaac May's two barges, lying up in the harbor, were lifted on the harbor wall by the rising of the water in the lake and left on the bank; west pier and some cribs damaged; in canal some vessels carried away snubbing posts.

-at Port Hope the schooners Suffel and Garibaldi broke from their moorings in the new harbor and ran against the east pier, both damaged.

p.8 The Gale at Deseronto - The steamer Ella Ross was jammed in the ice and sunk in about fifteen feet of water, the hurricane deck of the tug Rescue was torn off and she drifted about 100 feet through the ice from the dock where she was tied up, and the schooner Picton drifted down against the steamer Resolute, but did not cause any damage.

Incidents Of The Day - In trying to pull the tug Walker off the beach at Barriefield this morning the tug Active broke several hawsers.

Capt. T. Taylor, inspector of vessel hulls, on behalf of the Underwriters' Association, has gone on a tour in the west.

Mr. James Stewart, manager of the K. & M.F. Co., at Portsmouth, says that none of the boats in his charge were injured by yesterday's gale.

This morning the tug Active relieved the steamer Van Allen, driven on the beach at Barriefield, during the gale of Wednesday. The Active tried to get the Walker off the rocks, but up to 11 o'clock had not succeeded. Captain Gaskin arrived from Toronto this morning and superintended the work by relieving the stranded boats.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 11, 1889