p.1 Board of Trade Meeting (part)
Registration, Inspection and Classification of Vessels
Mr. Mingaye brought up the report of the Committee appointed to consider Chap. 128 of 36 Vic., entitled "An Act Relating to Shipping and for the Registration, Inspection and Classification thereof." The Committee reported as follows: "That as the old Registration Acts of the Dominion are repealed, and the measurement of vessels are hereafter to be taken under the Merchant Shipping Act of 1854, which includes all cabins and confined spaces whatever, your Committee are of opinion that as regards ships navigating inland waters, nothing should be measured and included in the register tonnage except below the first deck above load water line.
"That as it appears to have been decided that 'barges,' having no propelling power of their own, are held not to be fit subjects for registry under the Merchants' Shipping Act of 1854, and as by section7 of cap. 128 aforesaid, 'scows,' not having a whole or fixed deck, are exempt from the provisions of such Act, your Committee are of opinion that the law should be amended so that 'ships' shall be taken to include 'barges' and all other vessels over ten tons, whether propelled by sail or without propelling power, and being decked or undecked.
"That in order to remove any possible doubts as to whether it was intended or not by the new Act chap. 128, that the future transfer of ships and vessels registered under the 41st Vic. Consolidated Statutes (repealed), should be registered under the new Act, a clause being inserted, that all vessels now registered under the 41st Vic. Con. Statutes, entitled "An Act Relating to the Registration of Inland Vessels," shall have the right to have all future transfers registered under the provisions of the said new Act."
Mr. Mingaye moved the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mr. Stewart.
Mr. Gildersleeve moved to add to the report the following clause:-
"That there be a registry of vessels navigating inland waters exclusively to be designated 'Canadian Inland Registry,' and that no such registry need be transmitted to England."
Mr. Mingaye had no objection to the clause, and the report as amended, was then adopted.
Mr. Stewart moved, seconded by Mr. Powers, that a committee be appointed to report on the preference freight steamers now have over tugs, barges or sailing vessels in the Welland and St. Lawrence Canals, said committee to consist of Messrs. C.F. Gildersleeve, W.R. Mingaye, A. McPhie, Captain Taylor, James Swift, Wm. Harty and the mover and seconder. Carried.
p.2 Marine Intelligence
The number of arrivals is daily increasing, and there will soon be enough work to employ all the dock hands, providing they are willing to take it.
Jones & Miller's wharf - The schr. North Star arrived here yesterday from Hamilton with 10,536 bush wheat.
Montreal Transportation Co's wharf - The prop. Enterprise arrived from Port Dalhousie on her first trip with 21,864 bush wheat.
Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - The schr. Paragon arrived from Hamilton with 12,500 bush wheat.
The prop. Dromedary went up the lake for Toronto last night, and the Argyle went down to one of the quarries to load stone. The Africa has been repaired at Portsmouth, and will be ready for her first trip this season tomorrow. The schr. Goldhunter left with stone for Toronto yesterday.
The schr. Sweet Home has been hauled out at the Marine Railway, and there are several other vessels awaiting their turn. The Gibralter had to put back in distress, and now lies out in the harbour awaiting repairs.
The St. Lawrence Canals are not expected to be open until about the 1st of May, the ice obstructions in Lakes St. Francis and St. Clair being so great that it will be impossible for barges or vessels to get down.
Work on the Str. Algerian is progressing rapidly, and she will certainly be ready by the time fixed on. There are about 50 men engaged on her. The walking beam of the new boat is an enormous piece of iron, weighing five tons. It was cast at Patterson, N.J., and is of an open diamond shape.
Port Colborne, April 21st - Down - Tug W.C. Francis, Buffalo, Cornwall; schr. Wawanosh, Wallaceburg, Kingston, timber; Blazing Star, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Pandora, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; N.J. Emerey, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; E. Bates, Toledo, Oswego, timber; Fellowcraft, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; H.G. Cleveland, Cleveland, Ogdensburg, coal; St. Lawrence, Toledo, Kingston, timber.
Up - Schr. Hattie Wells, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, iron ore; H.A. Hamilton, Toronto, Detroit, light; brig. Peerless, Hamilton, Cleveland, light; schr. Comanche, Oswego, Chicago, coal; prop. Granite State, Ogdensburg, Toledo, gen'l cargo; schrs. Lyman Casey, Ogdensburg, Toledo, light; Jessie Scarth; prop. City of Montreal.