The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Aids to Navigation on the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), March 1911, p. 269

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Following is the report of the committee

on aids to navigation presented

at the Dominion Marine Association's

annual meeting recently:—

The committee held two meetings in

1910, but its work has been supplemented

by the proceedings of the executive

and of the grain section of the Association,

both of which committees have

in many cases undertaken to deal with

matters requiring attention from time

to time rather than refer them to the

committee having jurisdiction. Doubtless

this has been wise in some cases

for delay has thus been prevented. The

usual list of recommendations for the

Light House Board was considered and

prepared at the committee's first meeting,

and correspondence and interviews

regarding its items and regarding the

later recommendations of the committee

have been carried on throughout

the year by the officers. The general

list of recommendations prepared by

selection and revision in April last may

be summarized as follows:

The early erection of the Michipicoten


The retention of the Myles buoy (red)

light in Kingston harbor.

The retention of the gas buoy near

Lachine Wharf which the Board proposed

to remove.

The early erection of the promised

ranges marking the entrance to the outer

harbor at Kingston.

The lighting of the Murray canal.

The improvement of Brighton entrance

inside of Salt Point.

The placing of a gas buoy at the turn

from the range line to the line of the

canal in Brighton bay.

The placing of a gas buoy to mark

the end of the shoal east of Indian island

near Trenton; or the removal of

the gas buoy marking the entrance to

Trenton so as to make it serve the

double purpose.

The early completion of the work on

Telegraph channel, in the Bay of


Lights between Smiths Falls and Merrickville

on the Rideau canal, and in

Mud Lake near Newboro, according to

plans of the Superintending Engineer of

the canal.

A range on Centre Island bank; north

shore of Lake Huron.

A lighted whistling gas buoy, instead

of whistling buoy only, on Bad Neighbor


Alteration of the lights at the eastern

entrance of Toronto harbor, to make

them effective as ranges.

Distinguishing tops on all port and

starboard buoys.

Of these recommendations many will

require the continued attention of the

committee, and it is recommended that

the list be kept in view in framing a

petition to the Light House Board in


At the meeting of the committee in

November last special consideration was

given to the question of the preservation

and improvement of the Rideau

canal, with special regard to its utility

in the transportation of freight and passengers

from Lake Ontario and its ports,

to the Ottawa River and Montreal. The

committee appointed delegates to join a

deputation to the Minister, and is pleased

to report the success of that deputation.

The developing trade in the Bay of

Quinte was also the subject of special

discussion, and the recommendations already

made for additional lights and

dredging, and for the early completion

of works already undertaken in these

waters, were strongly endorsed, and

correspondence has been had with the

proper authorities to give effect to these


At its first meeting the committee

had refused to endorse a petition from

the Lake Ontario Coal Carriers Association for a light on the Main Duck in

Lake Ontario, but in November, on the

suggestion of the Light House Board

that it might be advisable to move the

light from the False Duck to the Main

Island, the committee protested against

such action, and without urging the

erection of the light on the Main island,

asked that if a light is placed there it

should lie placed in such a location as

to serve the traffic up and down the

lake as well as the parties asking for

its erection. The Board points out that

on account of recent soundings and discovery

of more shoal water between

the islands than was indicated on the

charts, vessels of deep draft which will

come down Lake Ontario through a new

Welland Canal will require to keep over

well towards the Main Duck.

The committee particularly urged the

provision of men at the canal entrances

on the St. Lawrence to take Lines from

approaching vessels. The matter is referred

to in the executive committee's

report, and the failure of the Department

to carry out the recommendations

of the late Chief Engineer, to say nothing

of the additional recommendations

of the Association, is there noted. The

next committee on aids to navigation

should devote special attention to an effort

to procure this very necessary assistance.

The committee also protested against

the development of power in the St.

Lawrence River to the prejudice of navigation

interests and endorsed the proceedings

taken against the application

of the Canadian Light & Power Co.

The improvement of various canal entrances

and the strengthening of the

banks of the Soulanges canal by concrete

walls in certain locations, as well

as other minor improvements in the

system, were also considered by the

committee, and some of the recommendations

in the report of the executive

committee are identical with those of

this committee.

The committee asked that the gas

and bell buoy lost from Niagara shoal

should be replaced at the opening of

navigation in 1911, and is pleased to be

able to report that this will be done.

Mention may be made of the fact that

your counsel has been nominated as the

Association's representative on the Light

House Board of Canada, and it may be

hoped that when the appointment is

made the consideration of the prayers

of this Association in the light of the

information which prompted them will

be at least facilitated.

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Aids to Navigation on the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes