In the Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries we find that there are in the Dominion 476 ? Light Stations; 509 Lights; 25 Fog Whistles; and 2 Automatic Fog Horns. The total number of men employed in connection with the Lights and Whistles is 474. Detailed descriptions, of much interest and information, are given of the various Stations, Light Houses, Hospitals, Police, Pilots, etc.
During the year 740 steamers were inspected, having a gross tonnage of 118,588 tons. Of this number 219 belonged to Western Ontario, and 101 to East Ontario. 60 new steamers were added to the list; and 15 lost or broken up. $12,721.42 was received by the Department for steamboat inspection fees; and $3,138 for certificates to engineers.
The casualties reported for the year number 369, with the loss of 177 ? lives, and $2,290,914 in property.
A chapter is devoted to storm-signals or Meteorological Department, showing its workings, and the benefit to ship masters by the warnings given.
The total number of vessels of all kinds registered in Ontario is 926, with a tonnage of 131,761 tons.
The Light Houses near Gananoque are mentioned as follows:
Cole Shoal, 5 miles West of Brockville, 3/4 mile from shore; Richard Elliot keeper, salary $246.88.
Grenadier Island, 55 feet high, lantern 6 feet in diameter, Albert Root, keeper, salary $246.88.
Lindoe Island, 5 miles from Rockport, 40 feet above the water, John Wallace, keeper, salary $246.88.
Gananoque Narrows, and Jack Straw, Cornelius Cook, keeper, salary $395. The Jack Straw beacon is recommended to be rebuilt; and repairs to the estimated cost of $700 recommended for the Jack Straw Light House.
Spectacle Shoal, and Red Horse Rock, just West of Gananoque, John Buck, keeper, salary $553.
Burnt Island, 1/2 mile from Red Horse Rock, Joseph Mervin, keeper, salary $246.88. This keeper died last fall, and Collice Turcotte has been appointed in his place.
Wolfe Island, Robt. Gillespie, keeper, salary $246.88.
Brown's Point (Wolfe Island) Patrick McAvoy, keeper, salary $100. This Light is known to pilots as Knapp's Point.
The Lights are all reported as being well kept; and (as a matter for congratulation) most of the keepers are credited with large families. Albert Root, Grenadier Island, is put down for 14 children; P. McAvoy, 11 children; Albert Dunlop, Nine Mile Point, 8; Ambrose Davis, Pigeon Island, 9. Seven appears to be the average, although John Buck and Cornelius Cook appear modestly with 4 each.
The Fishery inspectors and Wardens in this vicinity are, Henry Hunt, Larue's Island salary $20; John Wallace, Lindoe Island, salary $50; John Mooney, Brockville to Cornwall, salary $200; Peter Kiel, Wolfe and Amherst Islands, and waters around down to Brockville, salary $200; Jos. L. Thompson, Cole's Ferry to Prescott, salary $50; Hugh Thompson, Westerly limit of South Leeds to Cole's Ferry, with the Islands in front and Howe Island, salary $50; David Hamilton Charleston and Gananoque Lakes and Gananoque River, salary $50; John McGregor, Rideau Lake, salary $75. The disbursements for the year, exclusive of salary are, John Wallace $11.45; Jos. L. Thompson $15.15; David Hamilton $82.45; Peter Kiel $82.45; Hugh Thompson $140.42; J. McGregor $50.00; A. Root $15.65.