The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1868

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p.1 ad - For Toronto and Hamilton - Royal Mail Through Line - str. Corinthian, Capt. A. Dunlop, with schedule. May 2nd.

p.2 Fleet Of Barges - The tug Glide arrived this morning with six barges from Montreal belonging to the Montreal Transportation Company.

To The Editor of the Daily News

Sir - I should feel obliged by your publishing the following explanations in relation to my relinquishing the duties of Engineer of the steamer Bay of Quinte. My reason for the request is that there are various rumors current in the city respecting the affair, many of which are not only absurd, but absolutely injurious to my standing in my profession.

On Monday last, when in Belleville, the signal bell for starting was rung by the mate some five minutes in advance of the regular time, which, of course, I obeyed. This action upon my part displeased Captain Comer, who appeared very angry, and, notwithstanding, I referred him to the mate for explanations; some angry words passed between us, but ultimately the matter dropped and appeared to be amicably settled; what then was my astonishment, upon my arrival at Kingston next day, to be informed by Captain Comer that myself and Mr. Agnew, the purser, were discharged from our duties on the boat without the slightest reason being assigned for this precipitate action. The owner of the steamer, Mr. Gildersleeve, being at Montreal at the time, I refused to accept my discharge from Captain Comer until I had received a direct communication to that effect from the former gentleman, and accordingly tied up the boat until a telegram could be received. After the vessel had been detained for a couple of hours the message arrived confirming the discharge, when I of course left.

Upon since entering into explanations with Mr. Gildersleeve, the only reason he assigned for his strange conduct was, that he must sustain Captain Comer at all hazards, who had said that he could not run the boat with any confidence so long as the purser and myself remained on board.

I beg to append a certificate of character, etc., given to me by Mr. Gildersleeve since my discharge.

Copy of Certificate given me by C.F.G.

Kingston, 30th April, 1868.

Alexander Milne has been in my employment since January 1867, as first Engineer of the Passenger Steamer Bay of Quinte.

He has kept everything under his control in more than usual good order and condition, and is a competent and excellent Engineer.

C.F. Gildersleeve

I remain, Sir, Your obedient servant, Alex. Milne Kingston, May 1st, 1868.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1868