The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Apr 1876

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p.2 Freights - prospects better than for 1874 and 1875.

p.3 New Wheel - for steambarge Dolphin of Clayton manufactured by Brokenshire.

-Bridging Burlington Bay Canal - mariners against it because it is the only harbor of refuge on Lake Ontario.

April 4, 1876

p.3 Kingston Boat Club -

April 5, 1876




Sailing vessels over ten tons burthen must be registered at some Port in the Dominion before a clearance can be granted, or a License and Cargo book for the season can be given. By leaving Port without, the vessel is liable to seizure.

The Master of a sailing vessel under ten tons burthen and carrying goods from one place to another in the Dominion, or to another Country, must apply to and obtain from the Collector of the Port where owned, a license, in the nature of a Registration Paper, before a clearance can be given or a Cargo Book and License for the season can be granted, otherwise, such vessel is liable to seizure and a penalty.

Vessels propelled by steam, whatever their tonnage, must be registered at some Port in the Dominion before a Clearance or a Cargo Book and License for the season can be granted, otherwise, liable to seizure.

The Master must in all cases carry the Certificate of Registry of the vessel to which he belongs, produce the same to any Officer of Customs when called upon, and produce the same at the Custom House when reporting Inwards and Clearing Outwards.

On Change of Masters of any vessel, the certificate of Registry must be produced to the Collector of Customs at the nearest Port where it takes place that such change may be endorsed on such certificate, under a penalty for non-compliance.

Every Sailing Vessel and Steamer registered must have the name thereof and Port of Registration painted on a conspicuous part of her stern on a dark ground in white or yellow letters of a length not less than four inches, and her name painted upon each Bow in the same manner, and with the same length of letters, otherwise the vessel can be detained until the law is complied with.

The Master or Owner of a Vessel under ten tons and licensed as aforesaid shall have the name of the Port or place at which she was last licensed, painted on her bow or stern in letters not less than three inches long, of light color, on a dark ground, and the number of her License painted on her bow or stern in the same manner, under a penalty for non-compliance.

The Master of every Sailing Vessel and Steamer so registered aforesaid, and of every Vessel under Ten Tons so licensed as aforesaid, arriving from or clearing to the United States or any place in the Dominion, must pay a fee of fifty cents on arrival and fifty cents on departure, unless he has taken out a Cargo Book and License at the Port to which such vessel belongs, and report and clear inwards and outwards at the Custom House; but if such Cargo Book and License is granted, then the Master has to report and clear only, when going to and coming from the United States and does not pay any fee.

The Cargo Book must have the cargo of every trip entered therein, which book is subject to the inspection of any Officer of Customs at all times.

When a Vessel is laid up for the season, the Cargo Book must be returned to the Custom House where it was granted.

The Master or Owner of every Steam Vessel must each year and before leaving Port, first pay the Tonnage and Inspection Fee of such Steamer to the Collector of Customs of such Port; such steam vessel must then be inspected by the Inspector of Steamboats for the District, and the Master or Owner thereof shall deliver to the said Collector a duplicate certificate of such inspection.

Every Collector of Customs may demand of the Owner or Master of such steamboat for the exhibition of the receipt and certificate aforesaid, and if they are not produced within a reasonable time, then such Collector shall seize and detain such steamboat until they are produced, under a penalty of not more than $200 and not less than $40.

Under the Coasting Regulations a Vessel with a Canadian Register, being granted a License and Cargo Book, can only take in a cargo or discharge a cargo at a Port of Entry in the Dominion and not at a place where there is no Officer of Customs stationed, and if the Master of a Vessel wishes to load or discharge contrary to such Regulations, he must first obtain permission to do so from the nearest Collector of Customs or other proper officer, under a penalty for every breach of the said Regulations.

p.2 The Lady Dufferin - Capt. Cuthbert's yacht.

Good - water in Kingston harbor is two feet deeper than the same time last year.


A Good Showing - Those people who are disposed to undervalue the commercial interests of Kingston might perhaps be improved in their ideas by a glance at the vessel property which it contains, and by a tramp around the wharves fringing the city front, where the busy note of preparation is now being uttered. There they would see a fleet of no mean proportions, which brings captains' and sailors' families to the city, gives spring employment to carpenters and painters, and draws supplies constantly from the city while landing wealth from other places at our wharves for transportation. To be more statistical we here give the names of steamers lying in port, awaiting the opening of navigation, to be up and doing: -

Magnet Welshman Nile

City of Kingston Lily Grenville

Pierrepont Maud Geneva

Algerian Corsican Norman

Lady Franklin Mixer Bronson

Clyde Adventure Vanderbilt

Rochester F. Perew Wren

Then besides these boats there are (exclusive of Portsmouth and Garden and Wolfe Islands, where three propellers, six large and several smaller steamers, besides schooners and barges are wintered) quartered here 23 sailing vessels, 57 grain barges belonging to transportation companies and 12 Rideau Canal scows - a part of the renowned grasshopper or mosquito fleet. A new steam barge, now being built by Mr. Mellou on the west side of Cataraqui River, is not included in these lists. Kingston is not ashamed of her fleet by any means.


The number of transgressions of the laws regulating the requirements of vessels in leaving and entering a Canadian port displays a general want of knowledge rather than a familiarity which breeds contempt. At least when a vessel owner or sailing master is hauled up short by a customs' officer he invariably pleads ignorance and professes that respect for the statutes which all Canadians sincerely entertain. To obviate any further difficulties through doubts, therefore, steps are being taken here by Mr. Mingaye, Collector of Customs, to promulgate in concise form the requirements of the Department in regard to entrances and clearances, and in voluntarily undertaking this duty he is doing a public service generally, but more particularly to the seafarers, for the regulations will this season be most rigidly enforced with all their penalties. A synopsis of the laws is published by us today, and copies may be obtained on sheets at our office, at any time.

April 6, 1876

p.2 Sunday Canalling - a letter to editor.

First Clearance at Toronto - schr. Baltic for Rochester with lumber.

p.3 Awarded - D.R. Van Allen to deliver lighthouse supplies to upper lakes.

Around Home - Messrs. Dickens & Son, of Napanee, building yacht of same size as Ina.

-steamboat dock at Napanee has been extended into deep water.

Navigation - sch. E.K. Hart from Oak Orchard, arrived at Oswego; schooners Mary Ann, Ariel, Western and Eliza White left Port Hope for Oswego loaded with grain.

April 7, 1876


April 8, 1876

p.2 Obituary - Robert Curran, a sailmaker in Kingston for thirty years.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Apr 1876