The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Feb 1879

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p.3 Fitting Out - Men are employed upon several of the steamers in the harbour, fitting them out for the ensuing season's operations. The opening of navigation may yet be a great way off, but it is intended that all the preparations shall be complete. On the steamers of the Ferry and Cape Vincent line quite extensive improvements have been made.


The Shipping of Kingston - Lighthouses of the Vicinity - Fishery Statistics.

There is not a great deal in the annual report of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries to interest the public. For departmental purposes its statistics may be highly esteemed, but most people cannot afford to devote time to lingering over it. The total amount expended on the various branches of the Public Service, administered by this Department, including the salaries of the Establishment staff during the fiscal year, was $983,645.59, while the total amount voted was $1,001,864, which also includes the Departmental salaries. For public convenience each Province is divided into so many divisions, of which separate accounts and statements are submitted. In the Ontario section a lengthy description of the year's observations and business is given, and this embraces an illusion to the necessity which existed last season for the renewal of the foundation under the lighthouse tower at Point Pleasant, Bay of Quinte, and to the performance of the repairs, (by tender) by Mr. George Newlands, of this city, for the sum of $625. The work has been satisfactorily done, and the expenditure will appear in the accounts of the present fiscal year. Mention is also made of the annual grant of $500 to the Kingston General Hospital for its treatment of sick mariners, and of the annual vote of $500 to the Kingston Observatory.

Our Lighthouses.

The annual report of the inspection of lighthouses, made by Mr. Darius Smith, Superintendent, has its interesting features for mariners. Mr. Smith enumerates the lighthouses, and gives a sketch of their appearance and condition, as well as a statement of the cost of each.

The light at the Gananoque Narrows is kept in excellent good order by Mr. Cornelius Cook, who receives a salary of $395.00 which, with $5 superannuation tax and $9 for repairs, made the yearly expense some $409.

The Wolfe Island light is also in good order. The building and lamp requires some overhauling, which the Inspector recommends. The station is kept by Mr. R. Gillespie at a salary of $250 per annum. The total expenses were $257.

Brown's Point light should be seen ten miles, such is its excellent character. The keeper has sub-let the lighthouse and premises to Mr. Thomas Sturdy, who is at present in charge. The salary is $100 a year, but the award for land, cost of arbitration, etc. aggregated $388.65.

Mr. Nathaniel Orr is the keeper of Snake Island light, and he has a family of ten. The lantern used here is six feet in diameter and shows a red light 35 feet above the level of the lake. The keeper has a salary of $489. Other expenses make the total $534.58.

The light at Pigeon Island is good, and is kept by a woman - Mrs. Mary Davis, who has a family of ten young children. Her income is put down at $300 per annum. The Inspector considers it absolutely necessary that she be provided with a new boat.

Nine Mile Point glass suffers by an obstruction, occasioned by the smallness of the glass. The breakwater, for the protection of the lighthouse, is in poor condition, and fast going to decay; 200 toise of stone are required for the breakwater. Mr. Dunlop, the keeper, has been instructed to procure material to fence the property of the Government. The station is exceedingly well kept. The annual expense foots up to $400.

The lighthouse at Point Pleasant should be seen for fifteen miles. The building is being underpinned with stone piers, and it wanted painting. The repairs were being made at the time of Mr. Smith's visit. Mr. John Prenyer (sic - Prinyer ?) is keeper. He has a salary of $300. The repairs cost $292.47.

The lights of the False Ducks, Long Point, and Salmon Point, were examined and favourably reported up.


Kingston was shown to have registered 205 vessels, the combined tonnage of which was 27,113 tons. Of this number four were new, having a tonnage of 628 tons. In the "General Account" Messrs. A. Gunn & Co. are shown to have rented to the Department a store at $50, charged $29.20 for storage of oils, and received $733.97. The Gas Company was paid $274.52 for lighting the city clock as a harbour beacon; $100 was allowed the keeper of this light; Mr. G. Newlands was paid $28.50 for buoys and anchor stones, and Mr. J. Swift $10 for wharfage. The Inspector of Steamers (Mr. J. Taylor) received $1,000, and Mr. Peter Kiel, Fishery Inspector, $200.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Feb 1879