p.2 SHIP-OWNERS CONVENTION AT DETROIT
The ship-owners of Kingston have held a meeting in accordance with a suggestion of the Detroit Board of Trade, calling a convention of vessel owners on the 8th February instant, for the purpose of taking united action on certain matters affecting the shipping trade. Captain Gaskin was appointed chairman, and Mr. J.D. Noble secretary and treasurer. The meeting passed resolutions against allowing shortage of grain, and against the owner of a vessel being responsible for loss when the cargo has been broken on the voyage; also that in future there should be inserted in every bill of lading the number of hours the vessel is to lay before commencing to discharge, the time in whch the consignee shall be required to receive the freight, and the renumeration to be allowed per day for demurrage. The meeting recommended that cargoes of salt, lumber, etc., should be placed on the rail of the vessel and taken from the rail at the port of discharge, and that timber shoule be hauled under the stern by the shipper, or that reasonable remuneration should be allowed if such extra work be done by the crew of a vessel. The meeting passed a resolution to the effect that the Convention be requested to memorialize the Canadian government to erect a light-house on a sunken rock, situated off Little's Point, Lake Erie, which at present is a great source of danger to vessels bound for Detroit river. It was also suggested, in the form of resolution, that the shipping interest should form a regular board in Chicago and Milwaukie, similar to the Corn Exchange in those places, making the time of meeting an hour prior to that of the Corn Exchange, and settle the rate of freight for each day, and that no vessels be chartered unless in conformity with the rate laid down for the day. Mr. P.R. Henderson and Mr. J.D. Noble were appointed delegates to represent the interest of the Kingston ship-owners at Detroit. They represent the following vessels, the tonnage of which is given in connection with their names:-Robert Gaskin, 370; British Lion, 322; Breden, 413; Prince Alfred, 374; Christiana, 272; Canada, 145; Gem, 228; Queen of the Lakes,347; Governor, 235; Waterwitch, 392; Sarah Ann Marsh, 340; Alexandra, 282; Baltimore, 193; New York, 303; Arabia, 421; Antelope, 220; Nile, 156; and Two Brothers, 145. The delegates left by today's train for Detroit.