The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1863

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p.2 The Fire at the Canal - at Grand Trunk wharf, Canal Basin; "The damage to shipping is confined to the destruction of the steamer Alert and two barges, and the partial destruction of another barge, belonging to Mr. M.K. Dickenson, and which are not covered by insurance. The engines and works of the Alert had been removed, preparatory to her conversion into a barge. She will yet be made available for that purpose..." [Montreal Herald]

-The Prescott Telegraph, a strongly Ministerial newspaper, does not whine that the Government cannot prevent the illegal traffic of American steamers in our coasting trade, as a certain Ministerialist journal in Kingston has done. On the contrary, the Telegraph considers the Government to be in entire ignorance of the matter. This is a more liberal view than the one taken by our local contemporary, but it is equally unfounded as to fact. An American vessel that entered the trade last year was seized in Kingston in the month of June, and the Macdonald-Sicotte Government was made fully acquainted with the facts of the case. The proofs of the illegitimate nature of the vessel's voyage were, it is believed, indisputable, and needed only to be prosecuted to be legally substantiated. Yet this same vessel was released on a bond, and the bond, as was intended, has never been prosecuted. The steamer alluded to is the Lady Franklin, but, besides this vessel, there is another American steamer towing in Canadian waters at the same time, whose captain was fortified with a government permit. The captains of the vessels now engaged have official permission and do their work unblushingly. One of these boats was seized here this spring, but was released, owing, as we learn, to the captain proving his certificate of permission. We give the paragraph as we find it in the Telegraph, and are only glad to notice that the subject is attracting attention. The more the evil is examined into the sooner it will be rectified.

"It appears to us that the Government must be ignorant of the fact that American steam vessels are towing rafts through Canadian waters. Whilst we have a splendid line of steam tugs (Messrs. Calvin & Breck's) of Canadian bottom and ownership; foreign tugs ought not to be permitted to take the business away; and Canadian lumberers ought to exercise more patriotism than to employ those foreign tugs to do their towing. We feel certain that when this grievance is properly laid before the Hon. Mr. Holton, it will be rectified."

p.3 Arrivals - 3,4; Clearances - 3,4.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1863