p.2 City Council - The Graving Dock - Alderman Price brought up the petition of William Power & Co., promising, if the land were granted to them free from taxation, to excavate from a point sixty-one feet from the easterly limit of Ontario street to a depth of at least sixteen feet, the site of a graving dock, extending across Union street towards Messrs. Davidson & Doran's foundry, so as to leave a cartway between. The enlargement of the Welland Canal will bring to this port a larger class of vessels than that now engaged in the grain carrying trade, and it is of the utmost importance that such facilities as a graving dock affords shall be available for the repair of any such vessels on their arrival here. There is not between the Welland Canal and Montreal a dock or railway on the Canadian shore capable of receiving the large vessels now plying on the lake and river. In consequence, Messrs. Calvin & Breck have been compelled to send some of their steamers to Montreal for repairs. Not only is the loss of the expenditure for repairs an injury to the industrial interests of the city, but the detention and the great risk incurred in sending unseaworthy vessels to a distance affect seriously the ship-owning class, in whose prosperity this city is materially concerned. The construction of the proposed dock will involve an expenditure of $4,000, and in its operation employment will be given to a large number of workmen. It will serve to an important degree in promoting the growth of that connection with the carrying trade of the great West, upon which the prosperity of this city so largely rests. That the appropriation of that part of Union street required for such a work will not be attended by any inconvenience, and that the proprietors and tenants in the immediate neighbourhood, as well as the community at large, are so favourably disposed towards the development of the ship-building industry of this city, that the petitioners prayer will be heartily seconded. The petitioners prayed that the Council would be pleased to take steps in the premises to facilitate so important an enterprise by granting to them, in perpetuity free from taxation, that part of Union street mentioned, with the adjacent water lot or slip for the construction of a graving dock.
The petition was referred to a committee to report.
Coercion - Wm. Power denies coercing employees to vote against Sir John A.; says he did not speak to them at all upon the subject.