The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 5, 1890

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p.1 Ice-Boating Accident - at Belleville.

The Position of Harbour Master.

Kingston, Feb. 5th - To The Editor:

It is currently reported that the harbour master and market clerk will resign his position on account of ill-health. If the report is correct I beg leave to offer a few remarks for the benefit of our aldermen and the citizens generally who may not be conversant with the magnitude of the business done in our harbor since the enlargement of the Welland canal. There are very few of the larger class of vessels coming here that do not leave from $800 to $1,000 in the city, made up in this way: elevating and shovelling, customs reports and clearances, provisions, clothing and other articles for the crew. This is something of importance and should not be forgotten. The greater part of this money is distributed throughout the city to the shovellers, tug and barge men, ship-carpenters and laborers. It is the duty of the city fathers to appoint a competent man for the position of harbor master, one who is thoroughly posted in its duties. It is the duty of a harbor master to know the depths of water in the harbour, to be able and willing at all times to pilot a strange vessel into it, to attend to storm signals, to collect tolls, if any, to keep a daily record of the arrivals and departures of all vessels, their cargoes and what they consist of, to keep an account of the number of passengers arriving and departing by steamers, to give a monthly report to the city council that they and the citizens may know the amount of business done about the harbor. All such work is done by the harbor masters in different ports in Ontario, namely Belleville, Cobourg, Port Hope, Whitby, Toronto, Hamilton, Port Stanley, Goderich, Collingwood and Owen Sound. To encourage the vessel trade it should be known that Kingston has a harbor master who is competent to look after the wants of masters of vessels who are not well acquainted with our harbor. Nearly the first question asked by the captain of these large vessels is: "Where is the harbor-master's office; I want to learn something about this harbor for I may come here again?" I trust the city council will appoint a competent man. It is of far more importance to the city than seizing a few quarters of veal, in its season, by a market clerk. An Experienced Mariner

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 5, 1890