p.1 A Successful Kingston Mariner - The genial countenance of Capt. M.M. Mack was seen on the street today. He left Kingston some years ago and sailed the schooner Medaria ? and other vessels hailing from Oswego. While sailing from that port, he gained the reputation of being one of the best captains on the lakes. He left Oswego and went to Cleveland, and became a vessel owner himself. We have the pleasure of knowing that he is largely interested in several of the most modern vessels running in the United States, between Buffalo, Chicago and Lake Superior ports. It is pleasing to find Kingston men prospering wherever they go. Perseverance and industry and push will tell. All his old acquaintances are proud to see him among them again.
Personal Mention - M.H. Folger will take Capt. Beaupre's place as superintendent of the Thousand Island steamboat company during the coming season. Mr. Folger was purser on the steamer St. Lawrence last season and filled the position remarkably well.
Feb. 3, 1891
p.1 Portsmouth Council - ....It was decided to rebuild Queen's wharf at once and thus provide work for the many idle men about the village. All floating property will be assessed according to law and steps will be taken to have the sunken barges in the harbour removed.
General Paragraphs - The tug Bronson of the M.T. company's fleet will receive new upper works during the ensuing winter.
At the last meeting of the Canadian Marine Association, it was decided to urge upon the minister of marine and public works the necessity of improving theKingston harbour by placing a striped buoy on the penitentiary shoal, by placing a bell buoy at Myles shoal and removing the spar buoy which at present is being used at that point; that a colored light be placed on the outer end of the new dry dock pier as a guide coming in from Four Mile Point; that range lights be placed on the land at the east end of the harbor as a guide for deep draught vessels entering the lower harbor. Since the opening of the new Welland canal deep draught vessels have had to remain outside the harbor until daylight. As the Snake Island lighthouse pier needed rebuilding, the time was opportune for moving to the south-east edge of the shoal in deep water the Snake Island light, its present position being very misleading. The harbor master at Kingston should be instructed to keep all buoys in proper positions. Attention was called to the many dangers of unmarked shoals between Kingston and the foot of Wolfe Island. The minister of marine will be asked to instruct all lighthouse keepers to remain at their posts until Nov. 30th in each year, this rule having in many cases been ignored. The association will ask the governor general in counsil to issue an order reducing the tolls on all grains destined for the seaboard via Kingston and Montreal and when transhipped at a Canadian port to two cents per ton for passing through the Welland and St. Lawrence canals.
Interesting discussion took place over the question of grain shortage. It has been repeatedly found that in the case of grain weighed in Chicago and placed in vessels on arrival at Kingston, there is found to be a shortage of as much as one hundred and fifty bushels. The question then is how does this occur. The vessel owners express the opinion that the fault lies with the parties at Kingston who do the weighing. After a lengthy discussion it was decided to ask the government to appoint an inspector to be stationed at Kingston, who will see that proper scales are used in weighing the grain. It is proposed that he be paid pro rata.