p.2 Registration of Vessels - At the last meeting of the Board of Trade, a motion was brought forward by Mr. Simpson, collector of customs at this port, which demands more than a passing notice, shippers and ship owners have no leisure to study the subject, and its advantages and disadvantages will be best understood by them. It appears that as the law at present stands there are no less than three registration acts in force in the Dominion, and the object of Mr. Simpson is to reduce these three to one uniform act. Two of these enactments are purely local. If any person undertakes to build a vessel, and gets her ready for sea, he must produce a certificate from the local municipal registry office that no claims are held against the vessel, before the Custom's officer can give the vessel a certificate of registration. The vessel having escaped these two dangers is still subject to a third, for she must then be registered at Montreal or Quebec in accordance with the terms of the British Merchant Shipping Act.
So far there seems no very great hardship, but possibly a very great amount of inconvenience for the local registry office may be so far removed from the Custom House that it may cause delay in the matter. We can see no difficulty except in the case where a purchase of a vessel has been made and it is necessary to write to two or perhaps three separate offices before the very slight information required is obtained.
But there is a further objection to these laws which must bear heavy upon shipbuilders. Suppose that in building a vessel, it became necessary to borrow a sum of money, secured by mortgage upon the vessel, to complete her. Now, although the vessel may be worth $50,000, and the mortgage not of larger amount than $2,000, still as the law so stands the holder of the mortgage is, in the eyes of the law, the owner of the vessel and the only person who can obtain for her a custom's registration. This may be evaded by giving a note to clear off the mortgage, but the effect is injurious and might easily be abused or remedied.
We have thus placed the matter before our readers, and may state that Mr. Simpson's idea is that all registrations financial or otherwise should be made in the Custom office, and that anybody making a purchase should see the whole history of the vessel shown in one page of a Custom's book. We shall not say whether this course would answer all requirements of a strict registration act, but it seems simple and we are glad Mr. Simpson has considered the matter of so much importance as to send it as one of the subjects for discussion at the Dominion Board meeting, in January at Ottawa.
Port Colborne, Dec. 6th - Up - Props Champlain, City of Boston, Oswegatchie, Lawrence. They have been since Monday from Port Dalhousie.
Laid up in canal - Schrs. Union Jack, Russian, A. Mosier (Mosher ?), W.J. Whaling, Cossack, Belle, F.J. King, J. Bigler, C.G. Mixer, Libbie, new barque Mary Jane, schr. W. Lewis, Montauk, Maggie McRae, Republic, M.L. Collins, St. Lawrence, New Dominion, of Port Rowan, Onward, Ayr, Queen of the Lakes, Olive Branch, G.H. Rutherford, Jane Ralston, Geo. C. (P. ?) Finney, West Side, E.A. Dunham, Trenton, Thomas Simms, Thomas Martin, J. Webber, barque Cambria, schr. Thomas Parsons, Telegraph, Florida, G.D. Norris, Granada, Sweepstakes, S.D. Hungerford, Argo, Mariner, Sasco (Saaco ?), Reed Case, H. Fitzhugh, Amaranth, R.J. Gibbs, barque Arabia.
Laid up in Harbour - Schrs. Wacousta, Amoskeag, Mary, Southampton, J.R. Bently, White Cloud, Monticello, Melrose, Guiding Star, J.E. Gilmore, Jane McLeod.
The schr. Granada, after being moored in the canal this afternoon, filled with water and sank. She had a cargo of salt, which will be nearly all lost. It is thought she struck a rock when towing down, and started a plank.
Some days ago the navigation had apparently closed. There are yet a few arrivals and departures to note.
The schr. Centurion arrived from Clayton last night. She has gone into winter quarters.
The schr. Masters, grain laden, from Brockville to Oswego, left here this morning.
The brig Peerless sailed for Toronto with a cargo of general merchandise.
The tug Lady Franklin took the schr. Hartzell to Ogdensburg, whether she was bound with grain from Chicago.
The schr. D.M. Foster left for Toronto this morning, light.
The harbour looks quite dull. Sailing is cold work, and is not generally enjoyed.
Port Colborne, Dec. 7th - Went out this morning - Prop Champlain, City of Boston, Oswegatchie, Lawrence.
Arrived this morning and passed down the canal - Prop City of Concord, City of New York, Cleveland, Nashua, City of Toledo, Milwaukee.
Returned from Buffalo last night - Schrs. Anna Mulvey and Nevada.
Propellers coming down report having boarded the schr. J.W. Sargent at anchor near the dummy. No one on board her boat.
Underwriter's Sale - By an advertisement in another column it will be observed that an underwriter's sale of the consignment of flour damaged by water in the hold of the steamer York, when she ran ashore on Petticote Reef, takes place on Thursday next by public auction on Messrs. James Swift and Co.'s wharf. The flour is not very much damaged, and it can be purchased, no doubt, on liberal terms.
p.3 Imports - Sept. 7th - Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo).
Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo).