The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 18, 1853

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p.2 City Council - (part)

Mr. Ald. Jackson, as chairman of the Committee on Wharves and Harbors, then read the report, and produced a plan of a portion of the harbor, which he had obtained, commencing at Counter's Wharf, and proceeding in an Easterly direction to Scobell's wharf.

Mr. Ald. Flanigan moved that the report be referred to a committee, which was immediately done. Ald. Allen in the chair.

Ald. Baker thought that this report was one of very great importance, and ought not to be treated lightly; it required mature deliberation by the Counsil, and he trusted the measure would not be forced through in a hurried manner. He did not wish to throw any impediment in the way of improvements to the city, or the extension of wharves, if the same was done for the accommodation of the steamers and other craft using our port, as well as for the interest of parties owning the wharves. He further stated that there was only one wharf (Garratt's) which was built within the prescribed limits; all the others extended further than the patent granted by Government allowed.

Ald. Jackson stated that so far from such being the case, he could assure members that Garratt's wharf was the only one which extended beyond the prescribed limits.

Two petitions were then read, one from Capt. Bowen, and another from Mr. James Fraser, praying that they might extend their wharves.

Ald. Armstrong contended that the City Council had nothing whatever to do with granting liberty for the extension of wharves; the land under the water belonged to the Ordnance Department, and if parties wished to extend their wharves, they ought to apply there for permission.

Mr. Ald. O'Reilly wished to know if there had ever been a correct survey of the harbor taken.

Mr. Ald. Jackson, in reply, stated that he thought not; he thought it required some very experienced person to undertake that work.

Mr. Ald. Flanigan wished to be informed by the Mayor, if they (the Council) had been authorised by the Government to give liberty to parties to extend their wharves beyond the Patent limits.

Mr. Ald. Jackson replied, (His Worship being absent for a short time,) that the Government had given power to the Council so to do, under certain restrictions.

Mr. Ald. Flanigan thought that some experienced engineer ought to be employed to take a correct survey of the harbor, previous to the Council granting permission for the extension of any wharves (if the Council had power to do so.) He was not in favor of going wholesale to work, not knowing what they were doing; he was for improving as well as increasing the trade of Kingston.

Mr. Ald. Armstrong again insisted that what the Council were then about to do, was illegal, and that the property in question was Ordnance property.

Mr. Ald. Thibodo thought that the property was Government property.

Mr. Ald. Davidson thought that nothing further should be done in this matter until they (the Council) really did know to whom the property belonged.

Mr. Ald. Macdonell moved, seconded by Ald. Strange, that the consideration of the report be postponed for the present, and that the Council do enquire of the City Solicitor to whom the land covered by water, in front of the wharves, really did belong, and to report to the Mayor forthwith.

Ald. O'Reilly could not vote for that measure as it would cost £5.

Ald. Jackson was surprised that gentlemen who had lived in the city 26 or 27 years should not know to whom the frontage belonged.

After a few remarks from Coun. DeL'Armitage, Ald. Macdonell withdrew his motion.

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th clauses of the report were then read separately over, and passed.....

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 18, 1853