The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1874

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p.2 W.C. - 14.

-Commerce & Marine - arrivals and departures.

-The Inspection Act - Dear Whig; The act of the Hon. Mr. Smith, now before the House of Commons, requires that after April 1st, 1875, all vessels on the inland lakes and rivers above 80 tons shall be sailed, under a heavy penalty, only by a master holding a certificate as to competency and service from an examining board; and every vessel of 150 tons and over is to be commanded by a certified master, assisted by a mate holding a master's certificate as to ability to manage a vessel. The intent of the law is very good, inasmuch as it aims to better secure the safety of the lives of crews and of shippers' cargoes from the accidents attendant on incompetent and reckless sailing, for section 12 declares that any master may have his certificate suspended for any wrongful act or loose, careless handling of his craft. But its operations will be severely felt by the Canadian marine on the lakes, as it will greatly reduce the number of available commanders of vessels, and lead to men being employed who are not nearly so acceptable to the owners as others who are excluded from service because they have not found it convenient to attend the examinations and obtain certificates. It is a fact that more than one engineer is employed on steamers running from Kingston to the disgust of his employers because they are the only available certificate men, though young engineers who have not quite served their time, but who would be cheerfully and confidently engaged at a higher figure than those holding the Government license, have to be passed over. The Board of Engineers has its relatives and its favorites, whom it advances, and a Board of Examining Sailing Masters may have its ring, and accept and reject new applicants for certificates at its will. In striving to protect vessel property and cargoes in transition, let us hope that we are not paying too dear for our whistle.

Again, the law is oppressive on firms like Messrs. Calvin & Breck, of Garden Island, who sail their own vessels and carry only their own cargoes, who are their own underwriters for vessels and cargoes. The risks are all their own, and no outsider - shipper, consignee or insurance agent - has a risk or interest in the management of the boats. At least a provision should be made in the act by which owners transporting their own property, altogether at their own risk, be exempted from the restrictions of its provisions.

May 14, 1874 Jack

-A Tug Blown Up - Tawas blown up on Lake Huron opposite Sand Beach, about 60 miles from Sarnia.

-Imports - 14.

p.3 Well Attended - Capt. Hugh Rooney hurt hand while working on yacht.

-The New Yacht - the latest by Mr. Alexander Cuthbert was launched at Cobourg, a centreboard yacht of 65 tons measurement, 57 x 141', will carry 1500 feet of canvas.

-schooners J.T. Mott and Atlanta ran down from Port Dalhousie to Oswego in 12 hours.

-Dominion government has erected a lighthouse on the north pier at entrance of Kincardine harbor.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1874