The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1876

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p.2 The Crossing - frozen over to Wolfe Island.

p.3 Closed - Pierrepont could not run today.

Dec. 22, 1876


Dec. 23, 1876


Dec. 26, 1876


Tomorrow the freeholders and leaseholders of the city are to give another practical expression of their faith in civic aids. So far their record has been a favoring one, as witness the unanimity of the $300,000 K. & P.R.R. gift and the C.E. & M. Co'y grant. The expenditure upon which tomorrow's vote depends, does not challenge the anxiety or alarm of the ever-sensitive tax-payer, being only $15,000 in amount, and that for stock - but nevertheless it has been eagerly canvassed for three weeks past. The commercial men urge the bonus proposition because of the great convenience it will afford the marine in this much frequented port of refuge, and of the void it will fill since the north shore of Lake Ontario does (not) own a dock capable of setting up a loaded vessel for repairs. The workingman and merchant support it because it will bring vessels here and induce repairs and purchases. These latter are chiefly the grounds upon which that measure is placed before the citizens for their best consideration. It is argued that stock voted, of course, is only a loan or investment if the project succeeds, is an expenditure in public labor, which has its commendations and compensations if it, at the worst, should fail. Those opposed to the outlay, contend that the dock should be constructed by private enterprise, which is more capable of keeping a close eye upon its workings, and of inducing paying results. It would, indeed, be far better that private men should do the work that this by-law contemplates, because corporations rarely realize upon their stocks, but business men will never go into such schemes unassisted or without encouragement. The Perth, Gananoque, Phillipsville, Portland and other roads, as well as the Wolfe Island Canal, would never have been built but for the aid of the Corporation of Kingston, and despite the loss of the stock in them, the citizens would tomorrow vote similar aid, if it was then asked for them, to accomplish the same indirect results. The history of dry docks goes to show that they have invariably demanded the public aid, as in this instance, only governments have helped as largely as municipalities. Probably the most vital question of tomorrow's vote is the condition of the Dry Dock and its capacity for being successfully completed. We cannot presume to give an opinion which must be deferred to scientific judgement after scrutiny. We must simply refer our readers to the word of Mr. Power, a gentleman whose skill and probity have been proven during his long residence amongst us. The voter tomorrow has to put sympathies and antipathies aside, and declare by his secret ballot his sincere opinion as to the benefits which the city, and not individuals, is likely to derive from an investment calculated to place the dry dock in a fair way of early completion and operation.

Patents - Canadian papers of patent right have been given to the following Kingston inventors: .... J. Brokenshire, ship pumps extension.

-annual meeting of St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. -

p.3 The Dry Dock - Mr. Power brings us a letter for publication in reply to John Gaskin, who states that the dock will not pay, but be a source of profit to the shipyard. We cannot print the letter in full, but to convey its meaning we may state that Mr. Power claims that it will pay - and the city having security on the property it will be his first duty to return the loan to the city as soon as possible. Mr. Power says Mr. Gaskin makes a misstatement when he says he is seeking the loan to pay off present indebtedness but rather to complete the dock, which will be done by the 1st of June next if the by-law passes; that the dock will increase the number of employees; that vessels can be repaired in winter. He concluded by saying that during the past season the city has lost $24,000 for want of the dock.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1876