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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1873


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p.1 Notice To Mariners - A new Range Lighthouse, painted white, and having an elevation 21 feet above the surface of the water, has been erected at the mouth of the River Thames, in which a bright light will be displayed until further notice. Masters of vessels and others interested will, therefore, govern themselves accordingly.

p.2 Sailors' Meeting - The otherwise inengaged mariners of this port held a meeting on Saturday evening at P. Murphy's saloon, Johnston street, at which they discussed the rate of wages they considered equitable. There was a very large attendance of sailors. Several persons made lengthy speeches, detailing their grievances and their means of remedy. The sentiments of those present being fully understood, it was unanimously agreed to demand $2 per diem; that no intimidation be exercised, but where parties were employed at lower figures than the above, that they be induced to quit work unless the captain or owner of the vessel in question should accede to the terms of the Union. The proceedings were conducted very orderly and harmoniously, the speeches being somewhat characteristic, but containing nothing to invite the sailors to commit infractions of the law.

The Marine Agitation - The captains and vessel owners hold a meeting at Mr. J.S. Miller's Inn this evening to discuss the strike of the sailors for $2 per diem. The demand of the latter threatens to interrupt or perhaps destroy the arrangements of many of the former during the approaching season. The wages requested by the sailors is in excess of those for which most mates have entered an agreement. A strenuous effort will therefore be made to defeat the object of the union.

Marine News

Ice On The Move - The strong easterly winds of Saturday drove considerable quantities of ice out of Lake St. Clair, which during the day passed there much broken up and weakened. It is probable another effort will be made to reach the St. Clair River by the first of the week.

Rebuilt - The barge Seminole, which was built at Point Peninsula, Lake Ontario, in 1847, and for many years a brig-rigged craft on the lakes, though latterly a barge, has been rebuilt at Algonac the past winter, and will continue as a tow barge in the lumber trade.

Shipbuilding - A.L. Smith & Co., of Algonac, have nearly completed a fine steam barge of about 450 m. lumber capacity, also a tow barge, a consort for the former, which will carry 300 m. feet lumber. Both these vessels are of strong build, and will be ready for business before navigation is opened.

An Oswego firm has also a vessel progressing toward completion, which is to be of full canal size and similar to the schooner J.S. Noyes, built at the same yard. Mr. Cash, of Algonac, is also building a barge of 400 m. lumber capacity.

Mr. Isaac H. Radford, of Wolfe Island, has purchased the sloop Elizabeth, which he is fitting out for trading on Lake Ontario.

The schooner Fanny is receiving a new mainmast and sundry other repairs at Garden Island.


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Date of Original:
April 7, 1873
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KN.25956
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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1873