The Fort William Coal Dock Co., Ltd.,
has increased its capital stock from
$50,000 to $200,000.
Capt. Jas. Collier, a shipbuilder and
mariner on Lake Ontario for over 50
years, died at Picton, Feb. 10, aged 74.
It is reported that the Northern Navigation
Co., and C.P.R. vessels operating
on the Great Lakes, are to be equipped
with wireless telegraph apparatus for
the approaching season.
An order in council has been passed
making regulations for the governance
of the ferry across the Ottawa River between
Pembroke. Ont., and Allumette
The Niagara Navigation Co., invited
tenders recently for building a passenger
and freight shed 300 by 45 ft. on its east
dock pier 22. Toronto, to replace the one
burned last year.
The application of the Kingston city
council to exempt the Kingston dry dock
from payment of school taxes, has been
refused by the Private Bills Committee
of the House of Commons.
Montgomery and Fisher, owners of the
tug Saucy Jim, which was burned last
fall, have ordered a new one to replace
her. The vessel, which will be built in
Collingwood, will be 90ft. long.
The Ontario Public Works Department
is rebuilding the lock n the Magnetawan
River at Magnetawan, and it is
anticipated that it will be completed in
time for the re-opening of navigation.
The lock is 120 ft. long by 28 ft. wide,
and about 12 ft. high.
Press reports from Collingwood state
that arrangements are being made for
the transfer of the C.P.R. vessels from
Owen Sound to Victoria Harbor, during
the coming season. It is stated two of
the vessels will be transferred on May 1,
and the others during the season.
Capt. W. O. Parkinson, well known on
the Great Lakes for many years, and at
one time connected with the old ferry
company at Toronto, died there, Feb. 3,
aged 57. He retired from active service
several years ago, since when he has
been in indifferent health.
Following is the board of the Mutual
Steamship Co., for the current year:
President. D. McGillivray, Port Colborne; Vice President, W. M. German,
Welland; Managing Director. J. W. Norcross,
Toronto; other directors, R. M.
Wolvin, Winnipeg; W. E. Phin, Welland.
The C.P.R.. which has been suffering
considerable losses through the thefts
from cars in transit on its car ferries
across the Detroit river, recently caused
the arrest of a number of the crews concerned,
seven of whom were sentenced
to periods of imprisonment ranging from
12 to three months. Feb. 21.
The Dominion Parliament has extended
the time within which the Lake
Champlain and St. Lawrence Ship Canal
Co. may construct the canal authorized
by chap. 107 of the Statutes of 1898, to [p. 283]
five years from Feb. 7, and limiting to two years from the same date, the time
within which $50,000 must be spent on
A deputation representing the Kingston
city council and the Board of
Trade, waited on the Minister of Public
Works, Feb. 2. to urge the dredging of
the lower harbor and the erection of a
new bridge to replace the old Cataraqui
structure, in order to make Kingston
harbor more suitable for deep draught
The Department of Public Works has
awarded the contract for the construction
of a breakwater at Port Burwell, to
M. Hogan, Westmount, Que., his tender
being $234,000. He built the Port Colborne
breakwater. The Port Burwell
breakwater will be built to the west of
the pier, and the contract calls for the
work to be completed in 18 months from
Jan. 30 last.
The Grimsby Beach and South Shore
Navigation Co., Ltd., has been incorporated
under the Ontario Companies
Act, with a capital of $50,000, and
office at Toronto, to build, acquire
and operate steam and other vessels.
and carry on a general ship owning and
transportation business. The provisional
directors are W. H. Irving. H. H.
Davis and N. Boynes, Toronto.
Polson Iron Works, Ltd.. has notified
the Toronto board of control that it desires
to purchase the old city yard on the
west side of Frederic St., to the south of
the Esplanade, to enable it to construct
a floating dry dock, capable of holding
the largest type of vessels sailing on
Lake Ontario. The company's plans for
the dry dock have been approved by the
Government engineers, but nothing can
be done until a site has been obtained.
After enquiry into the collision, last
fall, between the U.S. tug General and
the C.P.R. s.s. Athabasca, in the St.
Marys River, the U.S. marine inspectors
have suspended the license of the tug
captain for six months, and have suggested
to the Canadian authorities to investigate
the conduct of the Athabasca
at the time. We are officially advised
that a formal investigation will be held
in this matter, some time in March.
The Victoria Navigation Co., Ltd., has
been incorporated under the Dominion
Companies Act., with a capital of $50,000, and office at Ottawa, to own and
operate steam and other vessels; to conduct
salvage operations, own wharves,
docks, piers, warehouses, etc., and to
carry on a general navigation business.
The provisional directors are, E. A. Hall,
L'Orignal, Ont.: J. H. Hall, R. T. Holcomb,
J. Galbraith. Ottawa. Ont., and
F. Elliott. Thurso, Que.
A proposal is under consideration for
the construction of a dry dock and shipbuilding
plant at Amherstburg, where it
is stated enough shore front property has
been secured and negotiations are proceeding
for acquiring the necessary land.
It is also stated that subscriptions have
been received to the extent of $250,000.
It is proposed to build at 600 ft. dry
dock, with the necessary machine repair
shops, etc. Among those mentioned as
being interested in the proposition are
A. H. Clarke, D. H. Lerry and A. Woods.
The annual meeting of Inland Lines,
Ltd.. was held at Hamilton, Feb. 9.
when the directors' report for the past
year was adopted. Following is the
board for the current year: President,
Jas. Playfair, Midland. Ont.; Vice
President. J. P. Steedman. Hamilton,
Ont.; Secretary, F. A. Magee. Hamilton,
Ont.; other directors. W. J. Southam, W.
G. Walton, F. H. Whitton, Hamilton: C.
W. Band, Toronto; D. L. White, Jr..
Midland; H. W. Richardson, Kingston;
Treasurer, J. I. Hobson, Hamilton, Ont.
The U.S. Lake Survey reports the levels
of the Great Lakes in feet above tidewater
for Jan.. as follows:—Superior,
601.07; Michigan and Huron 579.31;
Erie 570.92; Ontario 244.78 As compared
with the average January levels
for the past 10 years, Superior was 1.23
ft. below; Michigan and Huron 0.85 ft.
below: Erie 0.78 ft. below, and Ontario
0.60 ft. below. It was anticipated that
during Feb. Superior would fall 0.2 ft.;
Michigan and Huron would remain stationary;
Erie would fall 0.2 ft., and Ontario
would rise 0.1 ft.
The Huntsville, Lake of Bays and
Lake Simcoe Navigation Co.'s annual
meeting was held at Huntsville. Feb. 4.
when the report for 1910 was submitted
and adopted. The balance remaining in
hand after the season's operations was
carried to profit and loss, no dividend
being declared. The officers and directors
were re-elected for the current
year, as follows: President. C O. Shaw.
Huntsville; Vice President. H. Foster
Chaffee, Toronto; General Manager, S.
H. Jacobs, Secretary and Assistant General
Manager, W. J. Moore; Treasurer,
J. W. McKee.
In connection with the construction of
the Livingstone channel by the U.S.
Government, which includes the extension
of the dam in the Detroit River to
the head of Bois Blanc island, in Canadian
waters, a notification has been
served on the U. S. Government, by the
contractors, that unless an order is issued
instructing them to proceed with
the work, they will withdraw their men
and plant. The order to cease operations,
which was given last fall was the
outcome of objections raised by Amherstburg, to the extension of the proposed
The Ontario and Quebec Navigation
Co.'s steel passenger and freight steamboat,
which is under construction, is expected
to be ready for service by June
1, when she will be placed on the run
from Toronto to Quebec and return,
making the round trip each week, passing
through the Bay of Quinte, by
Thousand Islands, and running the rapids
without transferring passengers.
The s.s. Alexandria will continue on the
route between Rochester N.Y., and
Montreal and Quebec, and the steamers
Brockville, Alethea, Varuna, Where Now
and Madge will operate on the Bay of
Quinte, as before.
The captains and chief engineers of
the Inland Lines vessels, for the forthcoming
season, have been appointed:
||C. R. Alexander
||G. W. Pearson
|Empress of Fort William
||C. R. Albinson
|Empress of Midland
||J. W. Mawdesley
||A. E. D. MacKay
||G. E. Wilson
||W. W. Allan
||C. H. Menmuir
||H. C. Mawdesley
||A. J. Fisher
||W. E. Linton
||J. A. McLaughlin
Capt. W. H. Featherstonehaugh has
been appointed Marine Superintendent,
and E. Abbey. Superintending Engineer
A steamboat is being built at Kingston
for Capt. A. Foster, mayor of Smiths
Falls, for operation between Smiths
Falls and Kingston. It will make three
trips a week, and is expected to be in
operation by May 1. The dimensions are.
length 96 ft. long overall; 18 ft. beam;
6% ft. deep. It is of the composite type
throughout, with steel frame and steel
shear strake. The machinery will consist
of Fitzgibbon boiler with fore and
aft vertical compound engine, with cylinders
9 and 18 ins. diar., by 14 ins.
stroke, supplied with steam at a working
pressure of 150 pounds. The condenser
will be of the independent type, jet condenser
and pump combined and the boiler
is to be fed by the regular duplex
pump. Hand fire and test pumps are included
in the outfit. The cost of the boat
is about $12,000. The Davis Dry Dock
Co. has the contract.