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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1878

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p.1 City Council - Wharves & Harbours - Ald. Allen brought up a report of the Committee on Wharves and Harbours, accompanying a grant of $100 for the purpose of surveying the harbour. The report was adopted.

p.2 Rochester Races - On the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of August - Tickets to Charlotte and Return per Str. Magnet, $2. Aug. 2nd


To the Editor of the Daily News.

Mr. Editor; I am an Englishman and the son of an Englishman, and as I live under the old flag still I want British fair play. My grievance is this: American tugs are allowed to tow in our waters contrary to our coasting laws. Last year the Sarah Daley was fined $100 for towing on the Napanee River, and last winter every cent of that fine was refunded. The Alexandria, a Canadian boat, was seized at an American port and fined $400 for not reporting at a small port whilst on her way down the river, and not allowed to proceed until it was paid, although her captain's explanations should have been satisfactory. She had her papers made out, but there was no party at the port to receive them. Consequently she proceeded on, with the intention to deliver them at some future time. Not a cent of that money was returned. Is that reciprocity or free trade? The same Sarah Daley, encouraged by her former success and having the same officials to deal with, has again been towing on the Bay of Quinte, taking tows from a Canadian steamer which had been engaged to do it. The circumstance was reported to the Customs' Department at Picton, also to the officials at Ottawa, and although three weeks have since elapsed, not the slightest attention to the complaint has been paid. Now, I am a Reformer, and have a vote in Kingston, but my vote will assuredly be given as a Briton to secure British fair play, independent of party.

Bay of Quinte, July 31st, 1878 JOHN BULL

(We are glad to see that the eyes of our correspondent have been opened at last to the misdoings of the present Government, and shall be pleased to have his support with that of many erst while Reformers at the next election in order to turn out the incapables.)

p.3 The Tug Jessie Hall - In reference to the paragraph which appeared in last night's News, cut from the Recorder, about the grounding of the Jessie Hall, we may state that no damage was done to the boat. She was got off all right, and arrived in Kingston with her tow at three o'clock yesterday morning.

Marine Notes

Port Colborne, Aug. 1st - Passed since last report - Up - schr. Victoria, Hamilton, Cleveland, light.

Down - schrs. Elgin, Bay City, Collins Bay, timber; Florida, Bay City, Collins Bay, timber; F. Carveth, Black River, Toronto, coal; Manzanilla, Cleveland, coal; Erie Belle, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Oliver Mowat, Toledo, Kingston, blank.

In Harbour - schrs. D.M. Foster, Corsican, A. Muir, Taylor, London, Victor.

Port Colborne, Aug. 2nd - Up - schrs. Bangalore, Kingston, Chicago, light; Picton, Hamilton, Cleveland, light; D.G. Fort, Oswego, Chicago, coal. Props. Maine, Oswego, Cleveland, gen. cargo; Lake Erie, Port Dalhousie, Detroit, light; Lincoln, St. Catharines, Toledo, light. Barge Lisgar, St. Catharines, Toledo, light.

Down - schrs. Agnes Hope, Cleveland, St. Catharines, coal; H. Roney, Toledo, Garden Island, timber; Cossack, Black River, Brockville, coal; Ida Belle, Kingsville, Toronto, lumber; Guiding Star, Chicago, Kingston, corn; J.R. Benson, Toledo, Garden Island, timber; Bavaria, Bay City, Garden Island, timber; Smith & Post, Toledo, blank.

Launch of a Schooner

Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon there was launched at the Shipyard of W. Power & Co., Ontario Street, a very handsome schooner, which is a fine addition to the already large fleet of Kingston vessels. There was a large attendance of spectators, who watched with great interest the preliminary proceedings, and who, when the noble vessel glided off the ways into the water, gave vent to their feelings by loud cheers. The vessel is named the Singapore, following out the custom which Mr. Power has begun of naming his boats after Indian cities. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel, 106 feet; length over all, 116 feet; breadth of beam, 25 feet 8 inches; depth of hold, 10 feet. Her capacity will be about 13,000 bushels. The launch took place at five o'clock, and shortly before that hour the wedges were knocked out and all preparations made for cutting away. On board a large crowd was assembled, while scattered over the shipyard were several hundred persons, including many ladies. Before the last strand was cut the orthodox bottle of wine was hung from the bow, and as the vessel began to slide off, she was formally christened by Miss Dwyer, of this city, who was surrounded by a number of personal friends of the builder. The vessel glided down the ways at a rapid rate, and soon reached what has been called "her native element." On reaching the water her elegant lines were seen, and elicited the admiration of the spectators. The tug Lady Franklin was in waiting, and quickly towed the vessel to a berth at the shipyard, where the work of rigging will be proceeded with at once. The whole affair passed off very successfully. The mould of the vessel is very fine, and fully keeps up the credit of Mr. Power as a designer and builder. She will be employed in the carrying trade.

Sounding The Harbour - Ald. Allen, the Chairman of the Committee on Wharves and Harbours, last night obtained an appropriation of $100 for the purpose of the Committee, with such members of the Council as may choose to go, sounding the depth of the water at the wharves. In view of the deepening of the Welland Canal being finished next year, it is highly important that something should be done to deepen the harbour; and it is for this purpose that the proposed expedition is to be made. The work will be proceeded with at an early date.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1878