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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 15, 1868

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p.2 letter to editor complaining that the drawbridge is opened too often on Sundays, making people late for church, and compelling too many people to have to work on the Sabbath.


To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir, - Your correspondent of yesterday is misinformed. There is no law in force providing that "every vessel sailing in British waters shall be commanded by a British subject, and that full two-thirds of her crew shall also be British subjects."

By the Imperial Merchant Shipping Act of 1854 the greatest possible license was given to British shipowners, who are at full liberty to employ all description of hands, whether native or foreign, in navigating their ships.

Under this Act, however, no foreign-going ship nor hometrade passenger ship can obtain a clearance or proceed to sea unless the master and mate or mates (according to circumstances) have undergone examination and procured certificates of competency.

The Provincial Acts relating to the registration and navigating of Colonial vessels restrict no one from acting as master or mate, and as there are no boards of examiners in this colony, vessels and steamers are commanded by anyone the shipmaster chooses to place on board.

I am Sir, Your obd't serv't,

Kingston, July 14th, 1868 LEX

-The gunboat Cherub has got aground on Herson's Island, River St. Clair. When last heard from she was attended by her consort, the Prince Alfred. She lies hard on, and will need lightening besides some strong pulling ere she can be floated.

Boat Burned at Trenton - Trenton, July 14th - The screw tug Lina, owned by Cantin of Montreal, caught fire and burned this morning about three o'clock, and was badly damaged before they succeeded in getting her scuttled. She now lies in about ten feet of water. Most of her upper works are burned.

An Incident On Board The Champion - The passengers on the Champion on Saturday afternoon were treated to quite an exciting little episode during the usual quiet run from the foot of the Lachine Rapids to Montreal. On nearing Victoria Bridge, it was discovered that three rafts, not more than 100 feet apart, were drifting slowly down the channel leading to the centre pier. As it was impossible to stop headway for the ten minutes that would be required to float them through, "Baptiste" turned his steamer to the left, and dashed past the first in safety. On nearing the second, however, it became evident that there would be no room to clear the pier on the port side, and the Indian immediately put his helm hard up to run across the unwieldly bulk of timber that barred the channel. Nearer and nearer the two approached, until "Ease her, Capt'n; stop her, back water, Capt'n," proved that it was about to be a close shave. Passengers began to stand up, some mounted chairs, and the ladies rapidly lost what colour the lake breeze had brought to their cheeks. The guard of the steamer seemed to fairly hang over the raft, as she passed the outer corner, and commenced to swing into the proper channel. In another half-minute, she had fairly come round, and, side by side with the raft, swept through the centre arch. "Well done," "Beautifully cleared," was heard on all sides, and scores of fair Americans looked up to the imperturbable Iroquois as if ready to award him a regular ovation. Captain Dunlop, the popular commander of the Champion, handled his bells and watched the exciting little skirmish as quietly as if he were bringing his ship into dock rather than striving to clear it from a decidedly unpleasant position. [Montreal News]

p.3 Port Arrivals & Departures - 15.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 15, 1868