The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 22, 1868

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p.2 City Council - A communication from Mr. Walkem to the Harbour-master was read by the clerk, calling attention to the wreck of the sunken steamer Empress, burnt last winter.

Alderman H. Cunningham thought it was no business of the city, as the vessel now lies in the water by a wharf belonging to private individuals.

Mr. Gildersleeve explained that the wreck was sold by the Insurance Company to Mr. D. Lynch, of Montreal, and the communication was brought into the Council to test its right to compel the removal of the wreck.

Alderman Allen considered the Council had a right, and it was its duty, to remove it.

Alderman Kinghorn believed it was the duty of the Harbour-master as a sort of water-police to see to its removal. The owners of the wharf had applied to the Corporation for redress, and he thought steps should be taken towards its removal.

It was then moved by Alderman Livingston, seconded by Alderman Kinghorn, that the communication be referred to the committee on wharves and harbours.

It was moved in amendment by Alderman W. Robinson, seconded by Alderman Wilmot, that the communication be referred to the city solicitor, to report to the Council at its next meeting how the vessel may be removed, and if the Council have any right to interfere in the matter.

The amendment was carried, the original resolution having been withdrawn.

-petition from James Richardson, who having lately purchased the wharf known as the Commercial Wharf, and contemplated during the winter making considerable improvements thereon, begged leave to ask for the use of a portion of the slip to make a roadway, as owing to the proximity of the railway track it is impossible to make the wharf available for business purposes without the grant of the petition; said roadway only to run 20 feet into the water. Referred to the committee on Wharves and harbours, with power to act.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 22, 1868