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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1872

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p.1 Special Meeting of Board of Trade, to consider the report of the committee on harbour improvements: (part)

The Secretary read the committee's report, which has already been published verbatim in the News.

Mr. Kinghorn said there had not been an opportunity of taking the soundings referred to; the figures furnished were taken from the Sappers map, which was undoubtedly correct. As far as the dredging was concerned he might state that that he communicated with the Hon. Mr. Campbell a short time ago, representing to him the necessities and importance of the case, to which he received the reply that if the Board of Trade and Council would transmit the facts to the government, the dredge would in all probability be sent up. There was great need that something of this kind should be done.

Mr. W. Ford was glad to see that Mr. Kinghorn had woke up; and he thought the forwarders generally should feel obliged to him for his efforts. There was not a little doubt that a breakwater was much wanted, and now was the time to take action. The government or some of our parliamentary representatives were very touchy on this question, and he was pleased to observe that feeling. The Board of Trade, the City Council and the community generally had been considerably sleepy. Times were changed, and he hoped the proposed improvements would not be overlooked. It was not a personal matter, but affected the interests of all shipowners, sailing craft from Chicago to Montreal or Quebec. Kingston was a midway harbour for all such vessels, and it was highly desirable that we should have a good haven.

Mr. W.B. Simpson, as one who had been instrumental in having the first report referred back to the special committee for amendment, was satisfied he had done so - it had produced an excellent report. An enormous transhipping business was carried on here; much larger than many persons thought. He might mention that during the season of 1872 nearly 9,000,000 bushels of grain arrived in the port from the United States. This was carried in 689 British sailing vessels, 496 foreign do., 711 British steamers, 64 foreign do. It may be understood that this represents the reports of trips of such vessels inwards. If then we wished to advance our prosperity we must put shoulder to shoulder and endeavour to have the proposed improvements completed.

Mr. Carruthers moved, seconded by Mr. Kinghorn, that Col. Angus Cameron be admitted a member of the Board. Carried.

Mr. Carruthers thought that Mr. Kinghorn, having been a member of the committee, should have reported to the Board, and should also submit his letter to the Hon. Mr. Campbell, accompanied by that gentleman's reply. He had directed Mr. Overend to make a minute investigation into the contemplated construction of a breakwater, and he (the speaker) had been placed in possession of an estimate of the expense. The average depth of water, one quarter of a mile from Murney's Tower, was 55 feet; the breakwater would require to be 10 feet wide, and to make a substantial job, would cost $110,000. The government had given grants to assist in deepening Lake St. Peter, and many other places, and he considered it had as good right to send a dredge here, and to aid in the construction of a breakwater.

Mr. Kinghorn did not think the letter sent by him to Mr. Campbell or its reply were public property; but he had no objection to produce both, which he did, as well as the copy of a letter to Mr. George A. Kirkpatrick on the same subject.

Mr. Carruthers contended that all reports and recommendations should come before the Board.

Mr. Simpson remarked that he thought Mr. Kinghorn was quite justified in making the representation he had done.

Mr. Harty moved, seconded by Mr. Simpson, that the report of the harbour committee as submitted, be received and adopted, and that a delegation be appointed at the earliest possible moment to wait upon the government at Ottawa with a petition, embodying our wants, and urge upon them the necessity of at once proceeding with the improvements, and that the City Council be requested to join in the delegation.

Col. Cameron thought a petition should be drawn up, embracing the strongest reasons why the government should assist in the work. It had assisted places to the east and west of Kingston, and none were more deserving than this port. He believed that it would always remain the port of transhipment, irrespective of the enlargement of canals.

Mr. Cunningham said there was a communication from Messrs. Calvin and Breck presented to the City Council recently, relative to the lease of a shoal in the vicinity of the Martello Tower. The committee of which he was chairman drafted a report recommending the Council to co-operate with the Board of Trade in memorializing government to assume a ratio of the expenditure of the intended harbour improvements and he had no doubt they would do so.

Mr. Harty's motion was carried.

Mr. Harty suggested that a delegation of the Board might be appointed to meet the City Council at its first meeting, and lay before it a detailed statement of the facts adduced, and

He moved, seconded by Mr. Ford, that Messrs. Kinghorn, Carruthers and Simpson be said delegates.

Mr. Carruthers moved in amendment, seconded by Mr. Voigt, that the President, Messrs. Kinghorn, Simpson, Ford and Harty be the delegates to meet the Council. The amendment was carried.

Moved by Mr. Voigt, seconded by Mr. Carruthers, that his Worship the Mayor be requested to call a meeting of the Council (specially) for Tuesday evening, if convenient, to take action with this Board in petitioning the government in relation to harbour improvements, and requesting the Council to send a deputation to Ottawa to accompany the members from this Board....

p.2 The Montreal & Ottawa Forwarding Company - The Grenville Canal, we learn, is undergoing repairs, and until improvements are completed freights are shipped at Montreal for Ottawa via Kingston and the Rideau Canal. The company is doing this at a very great expense and inconvenience to themselves for the convenience of the public, and they have completed all their arrangements to carry freight through with the least possible delay and without transhipment. The mercantile public will not fail to recognize and appreciate such efforts in their interest.

p.3 Shipping - Garden Island, May 7th - The schooners Gladstone, with staves, and Denmark and Sweden, with lumber, all from Hamilton, arrived today. The Gladstone was brought in through the ice by the tug Mixer, and the Denmark and Sweden by the tug Hiram Calvin. One of the schooners as soon as discharged of her cargo of staves will be taken by tug to Portsmouth to load stone. The barge Mohawk was launched here yesterday evening. She was built by Mr. Henry Rooney, and is the largest barge on the river, having a capacity of 21,000 bushels of wheat at nine feet draught. She is chartered to Colthurst and McPhie for the ensuing season. The tug Hiram A. Calvin succeeded in getting the schooner Eliza Fisher afloat a little above Mill Point, where she was fast aground. The Government tug William left Kingston last evening with a tow of six barges and two vessels. The Government tug Bay of Quinte also left for her station between Cornwall and Valleyfield. Calvin and Breck's first raft of lumber and staves started from here for Quebec today in tow of the steamer Hiram A. Calvin. There is plenty of floating ice in the harbour. The only channel to the lake is through the Upper Gap as yet. Wind west; very light.

p.4 Marine News - Port Colborne, May 6th - Down - Props East, Milwaukee, Kingston, corn; Maine, Chicago, Ogdensburg, general cargo; Oswegatchie, Toledo, do., do.; Empire, do., do., do.; Bruno, Toledo, Montreal, corn; Young America, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; City of Concord, Chicago, do., do.; City of London, Toledo, Montreal, do.; Europa, Milwaukee, Kingston, corn; schr. H.G. Cleveland, Cleveland, Kingston, coal.

Up - Barge John Mark; schr. Alice Whitney, Ogdensburgh, Toledo; bark Gibraltar, Port Dalhousie, Bay City, light; S.H. Lathrop, Ogdensburg, Toledo, light; Mary Grover, Oswego, Toledo, light; S.J. Duff, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; Milan, Oswego, Chicago, light; Nevada, do., Milwaukee, coal; Frank Crawford, do., Toledo, light; bark Cavalier, Port Dalhousie, Bay City, light.

The propellers Arares (sic), Oakland and Howard, and barges came into this harbour yesterday. They are bound for Buffalo, and ran in here to wait for the ice to break up. The Aracea (sic) and Oakland left again today. The schooner Newsboy, from Chicago to Buffalo, was anchored off this port yesterday. It is reported the Russel Dart has ten thousand bushels of damaged grain.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1872