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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 3, 1873

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To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir, - It is strange that there is nothing in the Statutes of Canada to prevent Americans from sailing Canadian vessels or taking office, such as mates, and preventing our own men from rising to the position they labour so hard for, and who are as well qualified as any on our neighbouring shore. For instance, a Canadian cannot get any berth higher than a wheelsman or before the mast without first becoming a naturalized American citizen and holding American papers granted him by a board of qualified men, who examin him and give him papers according to qualification, either as captain, pilot or mate. To encourage our men to look forward to promotion we should have a board of examiners duly appointed by the Government, and I am sure if our member representing the Dominion would put this before the House it would meet with the approbation of the Hon. P. Mitchell at once, and it would give new energies to our rising mariners to look for better days, when they know they would be appointed to the different offices when qualified.

1st February A Mariner

Final Transfer - Messrs. Chisholm and Captain George Coote, of Oakville, have transferred the fine schooner White Oak to Messrs. Captain Joseph Dix, and John Welsh, of this city. Capt. Dix intends sailing the White Oak next season.

The Murray Canal - The connection of Lake Ontario with the Bay of Quinte - a scheme of navigation that has been agitated and discussed for years - is now again demanding the attention and consideration of the mercantile public. This canal, which would be a direct cut through the peninsula at the Carrying Place, is urged by some as an unnecessary work, - vessels saving some twenty miles by taking the direct route from Port Dalhousie at the mouth of the Welland Canal to Kingston, passing Long Point. At Kingston they trans-ship into barges. Via the Murray Cnaal a vessel runs into Weller's Bay, a dangerous port to make in a westerly gale, trans-ships into barges, and these craft, after a sinuous voyage of twenty-five miles, pass the Gaps at Amherst Island, where they are greatly endangered by the heavy lake swells rolling in. A correspondent of the Herald says: "Vessels taking the Murray Canal route would make a saving in time, and not risk being lost on the coast of Prince Edward. But it is well known a vessel that has a fair wind can run in eight hours from Long Point to Kingston, while the shores surrounding the entrance to the proposed canal are most dangerous. There are national works demanding the money of the country, which will be of general use; but the cutting of the Murray Canal would, it is to be feared, never pay expenses. The canal would have been made long ago but for self-evident reasons."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 3, 1873