In the House of Commons, Mar. 13, an
attempt to raise a discussion as to the advisability
of commencing the construction
of the proposed Georgian Bay Canal
forthwith, was ruled out of order.
The Montreal Board of Trade. Mar. 15,
decided to request the Minister of Marine
to order that the St. Lawrence canals,
from Montreal to the west, be opened not
later than Apr. 25.
A deputation, representing the city
council of Toronto, waited on the Minister
of Marine, recently, and obtained a
promise that the Gibraltar Point lighthouse
would not be discontinued, as bad
H. Holgate. M. Can. Soc. C.E., spoke
before the Canadian Club. Montreal,
Mar. 6, on some facts regarding the Upper
St. Lawrence, and dealt, at some
length, with the international aspect of
the proposed Longue Sault dam.
It is reported that the work of widening
the Livingstone channel in the lower
Detroit River, Is to be proceeded with
at once and carried on to completion,
the necessary authority having been received
by Col. McD. Townsend, the U.S.
Engineer in charge of the work.
The disused lighthouse at the south
end of the International bridge at Sault
Ste. Marie, was burned, Mar. 13. by order
of the U.S. Lighthouse Department, it
having been rendered useless, and it being
found cheaper to destroy it in this
way than to remove it otherwise.
A resolution was introduced into the
U.S. House of Representatives, Mar. 3,
authorizing the President to investigate,
as in his discretion may seem best, the
advisability of entering into a treaty
with Canada, providing for a deep waterway
between the Great Lakes and the
Atlantic, by way of the St. Lawrence
A press report from New Liskeard
states that a company is being organized
to acquire the steamboat Aileen, formerly
operating on the Montreal River, and
to run her in the passenger and freight
traffic, between White River, North
Timiskaming. Gigue and New Liskeard.
The Aileen is stated to be 80ft. long,
with 12 1/2 ft. beam.
In addition to the companies mentioned
in our March issue, pg. 267, the following
have Joined the Canadian Lake
Protective Association; Algoma Central
and Hudson Bay Ry. Co., Forwarders.
Ltd.. International Steamship
Co.. Jaques Transportation Co., Montreal,
and Great Lakes S. S. Co., Montreal,
and Lake Erie S. S. Co., Western
In connection with recent press reports
to the effect that the Northern Navigation
Co., intended to equip Its vessels
with wireless telegraph apparatus this
year, we are officially advised that as
there are no receiving stations on the
Canadian side of the lakes, it would be
useless to so equip the vessels at present.
The Buffalo, Lockport and Rochester
Ry. will operate a steel steamboat this
season, between Olcott Beach. N.T.. and
Toronto, in conjunction with its electric
railway having a connection with Buffalo.
Lockport and Syracuse. The vessel
to be utilized has a carrying capacity
for 700 passengers, and formerly plied
on Lake Erie between Cleveland. Ohio
and Port Stanley.
The Minister of Railways and Canals,
in the House of Commons, Mar. 10.
speaking on the Welland canal, stated
that the total cost to the present was
$28,338,616. He also stated that during
the session he intended to explain a definite
proposal to widen and deepen the
river, and said that he desired to do all
he could to aid the proposed Welland
and Georgian Bay canal schemes.
An order in council has been passed,
changing the limits of the ferry across
the Rainy River, between Ontario and
Minnesota, so that they shall be co-terminous
with the town of Fort Frances,
and the land adjacent on the north bank
of the river between the west boundary
of the town and Pither's Point, where
the rivers join the lake, and such points
on the Minnesota side as may be arranged
by competent authority there.
The Dominion Public Works Department
is considering the question of inviting
tenders for the construction of a
dock at New Liskeard. Preliminary
work in connection with the proposal
has been carried out and estimates made.
The matter of acquiring the Temiskaming
Navigation Co.'s dock there, to incorporate
with the new work is being
considered, if it can be obtained at a
reasonable figure, but if not the new
dock will be built immediately to the
south of it.
The Grant Cartage and Forwarding
Co., Ltd., has been incorporated under
the Ontario Companies Act, with a capital
of $40,000 and office at Hamilton, to
carry on a general business of warehousing,
wharfinger, transportation and forwarding
company, and act as ocean and
inland carriers; to acquire similar companies,
and to build, own and operate
steam and other vessels, wharves, docks,
and other transportation facilities. The
provisional directors are. R. S. Rider, W.
J. Shaw, P. Grant. C. K. Armstrong and
C. Morin, Hamilton.
A deputation of Owen Sound citizens
waited on the Ontario Government, Mar.
21, in support of a bill before the Legislature
to empower the city to take $50,000 of stock in the company which proposes
to build a dry dock and ship building
plant at Owen Sound. The proposals
include a dry dock 600 ft. long. 20 ft.
deep, and sufficiently wide to accommodate
lake vessels of the broadest beam;
and the shipbuilding yards will have
ways for three 600 ft. vessels, one of 400
ft., and two of 200 ft. An application has
already been made to the Dominion Government
for a 3% subsidy, under the act
granting aid to dry docks.
At the annual meeting of the Temiskamlng
Navigation Co.. at Haileybury.
Mar. 9, a dividend of 5 per cent, was declared,
making the third dividend paid.
In 1908 and 1909 dividends of 10% were
paid, but owing to an accident to one of
the company's vessels last year the profits
were considerably reduced. The steamboat
Temiskaming is being partially remodelled
and some additional cabins
are being placed on the upper deck.
The steamboat City of Haileybury is
having another deck added and the
other vessels are being thoroughlv overhauled.
Following are the officers and
directors for the current year: President.
G. H. Rochester: Vice President. M. J.
Malone: other directors, S McChestney.
A. Ferland. J. M. Wood, and A. E. Way.