The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jan 1879

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p.2 Wrecking - A few days ago we noted the presence of Mr. Beatty, an enterprizing steamboat man, in Ottawa, his visit being in the interest of a movement for the amendment of the law relating to wrecking on the lakes. The Globe's Ottawa correspondent enlarges upon the subject. For many years Canadian tug owners had a grievance in the fact that while American tugs were permitted to go to the rescue of vessels stranded or wrecked in Canadian waters, Canadian tugs were not permitted to exercise the same privileges in American waters. The Mackenzie Administration, in order to remedy this evil, passed an Order in Council some time last winter, prohibiting American tugs from "wrecking" in Canadian waters. The object of this Order in Council was to compel the American Government to make the desired change in their wrecking laws, and the object was achieved, for at the next session of Congress the President of the United States was empowered to make arrangements with the Canadian Government for reciprocity in wrecking. During the throes of the recent general election the proposal for a reciprocity arrangement affecting the matter was received from the President of the United States by the authorities in Ottawa. Had the Mackenzie Administration remained in power the matter by this time would have been amicably settled; but the present Government of "masterly inactivity" have made no move in the matter other than to ask the opinion on the subject of two well-known shipping owners. This is a question which demands immediate attention. At the present time vessels may be wrecked at any point along the whole of the north shores of Lakes Superior and Huron, and a tug must be fetched upon Windsor, which is the nearest Canadian port where there is a wrecking tug. It is not long since that the Quebec, one of the Beatty line of fine steamboats which sail from Sarnia, was wrecked on Lake Huron, and a loss of $20,000 entailed. A tug could have been procured, as already stated, in five hours from Sault Ste. Marie, but it took two days to get one from Windsor.

The Harbor - ice boats carrying mails to Garden Island and Wolfe Island.

p.3 Came To Grief - The Island ferry ice boat came to grief about 10:30 a.m. this morning. The ice about two hundred yards from the landing was too thin and the boat broke through and had to be hauled to the shore.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jan 1879