The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1855

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Tug Boats

We find in an Editorial of the Montreal Transcript, of the 19th inst. some statements relative to the tug line, in which the Government is blamed for not having got up a new and efficient line of Boats to serve the public in tugging on the St. Lawrence. We are glad to find the Transcript endorsing the utility of the line, but we are at a loss to know what he means by "efficient boats." Perhaps he would be good enough to answer the following questions for our information and the public generally.

What is really necessary to constitute a tug boat "efficient?" Will an engine of 40 inches diameter of cylinder, 8 feet strokeand 20 lb. of steam to the square inch, be more efficient for tugging, if placed in a nicely painted new boat with gilded figure head and stately cabin, than in a rough old boat? Where are the forwarders on this River with whom are found more efficient boats for the purpose than those now employed on the Tug Line? How much would it cost the country to build, equip, and keep running six boats, such as, in the opinion of the above writer, the business ought to have? and what would he have the public to do while the said boats were in course of construction? or how does he know but that the present proprietors are building for the purpose? Will the Transcript be pleased to point out to us some "well regulated Joint Stock Companies" he alludes to? and also the name of the larger class of Vessels which he asserts are kept back on account of the inefficiency of the existing Tug Line?


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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1855