p.2 RESOLUTIONS OF THE SHIP-OWNERS CONVENTION AT DETROIT
Resolved - That this association be known as the Ship-owners' Association of the Northern Lakes, that an Executive Committee be appointed by this convention, and that each delegation represented in the Convention designate persons to be appointed on such Committee, who shall hold their offices for one year or until their successors are appointed, to consist of ship-owners residing at the ports of Oswego 2, Buffalo 3, Cleveland 2, Toledo 2, Detroit 2, Chicago 3, Milwaukee 2, Kingston, C.W. 2, and one at each of the other Lake ports represented or may hereafter be represented in this Association, and whose duties it shall be to procure and keep a record of all steam and sail vessels belonging to the members of the Association; also, to appoint a President and Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, further to carry out the resolutions of this Convention and they are hereby authorised to assess and collect a tax upon the tonnage of each vessel or steam craft, not exceeding two cents per ton for the current year, also, the power to convene this Convention, if it should become necessary, during the season of 1865. A majority of the Executive Committee shall be necessary for the transaction of business. The office of the Executive Committee shall be located in Buffalo.
All cargoes of salt, lumber, shingles, timber or cargoes of like nature, including coal cargoes, where there is not sufficient water to carry full cargoes over the bars, and it become necessary to complete cargoes outside of the bar, the balance required to complete such cargo shall be delivered by the shipper on the rail of the vessel, free of expense to said vessel.
Resolved - That all stamps be furnished by the agent or owner of the cargo free of charge to the vessel, and if the captain or owner of any vessel advance the price of any such stamp, the amount so advanced shall be inserted in the bill of lading, and be collected from the consignee in addition thereto.
Whereas, the system of graduating the wages of mates and stewards by those of seamen is offering inducements to those officers to use their influence to advance the wages of men, therefore,
Resolved - That this Convention recommend to ship-owners to instruct their captains or masters to hire their mates and stewards at a rate of wages not graduated by the wages of seamen.
Resolved - That we would recommend all masters to carry as many ordinary seamen or apprentices as possible, in order that we may increase the number of seamen on the lakes, and would suggest to our masters to ship such ordinary seamen by the season, at a specified price per month by the season.
Resolved - That this Convention memorialize the Canadian Government to erect a lighthouse on a sunken rock situated off Little's Point, in Lake Erie, which is at present a great source of danger to all vessels passing up or down the lakes.
Resolved - That the 2 1/2 per cent monthly tax upon the gross earnings of vessels is burthensome, and ought to be repealed, or so amended that we can collect the same back from the cargoes, and that each delegate to this Convention be requested to use his influence to procure such repeal or amendment.
Resolved - That in the matter of regulating the prices of freights, the committee would recommend that the whole matter be left to the Standing Committee, with instructions to ascertain the opinion of the shipowners of the lakes, and report at the next meeting of the Association.
Resolved - That all consignees of lumber be allowed 6 working hours from the time vessels are reported ready to discharge, and all other consignees 9 working hours, before demurrage shall be enacted by the vessel.
The Convention appointed as officers of their respective localities the following members:-
Buffalo - W.O. Brown, E. St. J. Bemis, Frank Perew.
Cleveland - S.F. Drake, J.A. Redington.
Toledo - M.D. Carrington, John Stevens.
Detroit - E.W. Hudson, Edmund Trowbridge.
Chicago - Henry L. Elkins, R. Prindeville, Wirt Dexter.
Milwaukie - R.P. Fitzgerald, John Thorson.
Oswego - A.F. Smith, Charles Parker.
Port Huron - Fred L. Wells.
Kingston - Robert Gaskin, P.R. Henderson.
Port Burwell - Alex McBride.
Port Dalhousie - A. Muir.
The Convention adjourned sine die
President - E.J. Merrick, Detroit.
Vice Presidents - W.M. Egan, Chicago; T. Smith, Oswego; R.P. Fitzgerald, Milwaukie; J.D. Hulbert, Astabula.
Secretary - E.S.J. Bemis, Buffalo.
Assistant Secretaries - G. Judson, Cleveland; J.H. Kelly, Racine.