The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
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The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), Feb. 1911, p. 188-89


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Ontario and the Great Lakes.

The New Liskeard board of trade decided recently to ask the Dominion Government

that work on the construction

of the new dock there be started immediately.

The estimate for the dock

and harbor facilities is $18,000.

The Owen Sound Dredge and Construction

Co., Ltd., is applying to the

Legislature for the acceptance of the

surrender of its charter, as it has parted

with its property, divided its assets rateably

amongst its shareholders, and has

no debts nor liabilities.

The Western Dry Dock and Shipbuilding

Co.'s dry dock at Port Arthur was

recently completed and put into operation.

A number of the shops comprising

the ship building plant are in course

ot erection, and it is anticipated that

the whole will be completed in the

early spring.

The Toronto harbor master reports

that during 1910 3,402 vessels arrived,

an increase of 4fil over 1909. At the

commencement of the year there was a

balance in hand of $13,954, on

which, with receipts during the year of

$14,891.70, less expenses, $13,425.51

leaves a balance in hand of $15,321.15.

The Public Works Department received tenders. Jan. 30. for the construction

it a breakwater at Port Burwell, 1,200

ft. long, 30 ft. wide and 8 ft. above low

water, sunk in a dredged berth 23 to 25

ft. below the low water line. The substructure

is to be of timber crib work

filled with stone, and the superstructure

of concrete.

At the recent annual meeting of the

Turbine Steamship Co. in Hamilton the

usual routine business was conducted

Following are the officers and directors

for the current year: President, J. C.

Eaton; Vice President, R. Y. Eaton; Secretary-

Treasurer. J. J. Vaughan; Manager J. A. Goodearle; other directors, H McGee, and T. A. McCrea.

The Inland Lines steamboat Dunelm,

which it was intended to dock at the

Port Arthur dry dock for overhauling

and repairs, after the wreck at Isle

Royale Dec 7. when she was abandoned

to the underwriters, has been tied

up it the King elevator dock, where she

will remain for the winter on account

of the ice.

The U.S. Lake Survey reports the levels of the Great Lakes during December,

as follows: Superior, 601.50: Michigan and Huron.

579.51; Erie 571.19; Ontario 244.89. As

compared with the average December

levels for the past 10 years, Superior was

1.11 ft. below; Michigan and Huron 0.80

ft. below; Erie 0.52 ft. below, and Ontario 0.47 ft. below. It was anticipated that during January Superior would fall 0.3 ft. Michifgan and Huron 0.2 ft., and Erie and Ontario remain stationary.

Jas. Playfair, President Inland Lines

Ltd.. Midland, is negotiating with the

shareholders of the Northern Navigation

Co. to acquire their shares, and has offered to purchase the whole of the stock

at $125. The Northern Navigation Co.

has a paid up capital of $1,000,000,

which, the directors were authorized at

the last annual meeting, to increase to

$1,500,000, the additional capital to be

issued as required. The question was to

come up for discussion at the annual

general meeting of shareholders, Jan. 31.

Montreal press reports of Jan. 20 slated

that negotiations were pending for

the amalgamation of several large navigation

companies, with the Richelieu &

Ontario Navigation Co. interests in control,

It is stated that preliminary matters

have already been discussed with

certain companies, and that, among

others, overtures have been made to

the Niagara Navigation Co.. R. Forget

President R. & O.N. Co., subsequently

stated that while there was some talk

of a merging of navigation companies

nothing had been decided.

The Hamilton Steamboat Co.'s annual

meeting was held at Toronto. Jan. 4 and a dividend of 10% was declared for

the past year. Following are the officers

and directors for the current year

President, J. C. Eaton; Vice President

R Y. Eaton; Secretary-Treasurer J. J.

Vaughan; Manager, W. E. Bishop; other

directors. H. McGee, C. Booth and T. A.

McCrea. The officers of the company's

steamboats for the forthcoming season

will be: Macassa, captain. J. Henderson;

chief engineer. O. Flumerfelt; Modjeska

captain, P. Walsh: chief engineer W.

Noonan.

Application Is being made to the Dominion

Parliament to incorporate the Western Canal Co., to construct a canal

from the Rainy River; below Fort Francis, Ont., to the Rainy River, five miles

below the Long Sault Rapids; to carry

on the business of forwarding and manufacturing;

to erect and operate telegraph and telephone lines; to transmit electrical energy, and for the purposes of

such canal and waterway construction

ind operation, to exercise all the powers

and rights of the Railway Act. and with

power to amalgamate with other companies. Smith and Johnston, Ottawa;

are solicitors for applicants.

A proposal has been mooted in Toronto

recently to construct a canal from

Goderich to Hamilton, 35 it. deep and

300 ft. wide, which, with the deepening

of the St. Lawrence canals, would enable

vessels to pass right up to Port

William and Chicago. A. P. Gillies, when interviewed on the subject In Toronto,

recently, said that the matter

would be brought to the attention of the

Dominion and Ontario Governments, and

thee municipal and local bodies concerned,

and even if their assistance was refused,

the Canadian National Canal Co

determined to carry out the scheme

on its own responsibility, He has been

interested in several large schemes, more

or less visionary, a recent one being the

establlshment of a large terminal system

in Toronto for handling all the rallway

traffic entering and passing through

the city,

Thi Inland Lines s.s. Emperor, which

was launched at Colllngwood, recently.

is 525 ft. long, 56 ft. beam. 31 ft deep

and has been built with heavy double

bottom and double sides, on the arch

and web frame system. The pilot house

and captain's and mates' quarters are

at the forward end, and boiler and engines rooms at the stern. Between these

the deck space is clear of spars and

superstructures, and has 30 hatches, 9

ft. clear, with centres of 12 ft., with

ore shute at each hatchway. The side

ballast and water bottom tanks are

directly connected with large steel pipes,

with a combination header connected to

sea valves and ballast pump. She is

equipped with triple expansion engines;

with cylinders 23, 38 1/2 and 63 Ins. dlar.

by 42 ins. stroke, supplied with steam

by two Scotch boilers, 15 1/2 by 12 ft., at a pressure of 180 lbs. a squan Inch

[p. 190]

Application is being made to the Dominion

Parliament to incorporate the

Nipigon, Albany Canal and Transportation Co., to build and operate a canal,

waterway and transportation system

from Nipigon Bay on Lake Superior, by

way of the Nipigon River and Lake Nipigon,

northerly to and along the Albany

River to James Bay, and to utilize, deepen,

widen and alter the course of waterways

in the route; to build or otherwise

acquire and operate steam and other

vessels, wharves, docks, terminals and

other facilities for the development of

the undertaking. Power is also sought

to carry on telegraph, telephone, express,

warehousing, forwarding, hotel

and other business, and to exercise the

rights granted by the Railway Act, and

that the work be declared to be for the

general advantage of Canada. A. T.

Thompson, Ottawa, is solicitor for applicants.

The Peterborough and Lake Simcoe

Navigation Co., Ltd., the incorporation of

which was announced in a recent issue,

has taken over the steamboats recently

operated by the Otonabee Navigation

Co., and named Manita, Monarch, Otonabee

and Water Lily. The route over

which these vessels will be run on the

re-opening o navigation, covers Lakes

Simcoe, Scugog, Sturgeon, Cameron, Balsam,

Pigeon, Bald, Sandy, Buckhoru,

Chemong, Deer, Lovesick, Stony, Clear,

Katchewanooka, and Rice Lake, 20 miles

down the Otonabee River from Peterboro,

aggregating over 150 miles. An

issue of cumulative preference stock at

7%, to the amount of $75,000 in $100

shares, has been put on the market. R.

Pinchin, formerly interested in the

Otonabee Navigation Co., is Manager,

and the other directors are W. A. Cressman,

T. F. Matthews, W H. Robertson,

Peterboro; J. H. Brandon, Fenelon Falls,

and W. H. Smith, Toronto.

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation

Co., Ltd., which was recently incorporated,

has been organized to take over

the businesses and vessels of the former

Ontario and Quebec Navigation Co., Ltd.,

and the Quinte Navigation Co. The O.

and Q.N. Co., owned the steamboats

Aberdeen, Alexandria, Lloyd S. Porter,

and Water Lily, and the Q.N. Co. owned

the steamboats Aletha, Brockville,

Varuna and Where Now, running on

Bay of Quinte waters, between Picton,

Belleville, Deseronto. Trenton and

Kingston. An order has been given for

the construction of another steamboat,

which will be operated between Toronto,

Charlotte, Montreal and Quebec, during

the coming season. Following are

the officers and directors for the current

year: President and General Manager,

B. R. Hepburn; Vice President, J.

F. Chapman, General Freight and Passenger

Agent Rathbun Lines; General

Freight and Passenger Agent, J. D. Hepburn;

other directors, W. V. Cooper, A.

Leslie, H. Dempsey.

The Toronto city council, in accordance

with a recent vote of the ratepayers,

is applying to the Dominion Parliament

to change the constitution of the

Harbor Commission so as to provide

that hereafter the board shall consist

of five members, three to be appointed

by the city council, one by the Governor-in-

council, on his own motion, and one

on the recommendation of the Toronto

Board of Trade, each for three years,

with powers for removal and withdrawal.

It is also provided that the board may

take and hold the management of Ashbridge's

Bay, with the dock property and

water lots owned by the city in the

harbor, and along the east and west

shores to the city limits, with the docks

and shores on the island property, as

far as is necessary for the protection

and development thereof, and the regulation

for the use of vessels. Power is

also being sought to build docks, channels,

railway tracks, equipment, etc., for

carrying on a harbor and transportation

business, and to levy harbor rates, tolls,

etc., to be approved by the Governor-in-

council, on all goods landed or shipped

in the harbor, or moved on the harbor

tracks, and to commute any such

rates. It is also being asked that the

commission shall have power to pass bylaws

for tin- regulation and control of

navigation and all works and operations

within the harbor, to regulate building

operations, deposit of material, pipes or

conduits, to impose penalties for infringement

of such bylaws, and for other

purposes.

The Great Lakes and Atlantic Canal

and Power Co. is asking the Dominion

Parliament for incorporation, with power

to build a canal from the eastern

shore of Lake Huron, in Huron county,

Ont., to the northern shore of Lake

Erie, in Elgin county, and another canal

from the northeastern shore of Lake

Erie, in Haldimand county, to the western

shore of Lake Ontario, in or near

Lincoln county; to improve and deepen,

if necessary, a channel in Lake Ontario

and the St. Lawrence River, to or near

Grenville county; to build a canal from

or near Grenville county to the Ottawa

River, near Ottawa; to improve and

deepen a ship channel in the Ottawa

River from the canal to its junction with

Riviere des Prairies; to improve and

deepen the channel in the Riviere des

Prairies to join the St. Lawrence ship

channel below Montreal Island, at or

near Varennes, or by an alternative

route, if deemed of better advantage,

from St. Ann's, in Jacques Cartier county.

Que., through Lake St. Louis to

Montreal, with power to make surveys

and determine the location of the waterway,

whether canal or ship channel,

and carry out such works, so as to complete

a waterway from Lake Huron to

the St. Lawrence ship channel or Montreal,

of not less than 28 ft., and not over

33 ft. depth, and of such width as may

be found necessary to enable ocean going

vessels to meet and pass in safety

at any point; to construct, own and operate

wharves, docks, terminals, warehouses,

elevators, tramways, steam and

other vessels, dry docks, ship building

plants, and to enter into agreements with

the Government respecting subsidies and

exemption from duty on articles used in

the construction of such work, and for

other purposes.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan


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