The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 21, 1873

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p.2 The New Marine Law - The Bill introduced into the House of Commons by Mr. G.A. Kirkpatrick, M.P., of this city, is engaging the attention of the shipping community to a very great extent; and with just reason, as for years, the want of such an act has been severely felt. Summarized the purport of the Bill is to render all vessels or navigable craft trading on the lakes liable for attachment for non-payment of charges for supplies, repairs, etc. As matters exist at present no claim of this kind can be enforced; and where debts are contracted, it remains a point between the interested parties as to how the transaction will be closed - whoever is the sharpest carries the day. Several instances of that description occurred in this port within the past year. All the wishes of those more intimately concerned is amply and fully covered by the proposed Act. But there is one important objection, advanced by vessel owners and captains, that it empowers ordinary sailors that on the most trivial complaint to secure a schooner until the difficulty is settled. A case of the utmost insignificance may thus detain a vessel for hours, at a heavy loss, and there is no redress. The sailors might be granted a lien provided their claim be estimated at no less than $50; but as now worded, the Bill extends to them the authority of suspending operations for a mere trifle. With this exception Mr. Kirkpatrick's Bill answers all the requirements.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 21, 1873