p.1 News In Small Lots - Capt. Simmonds has been appointed master of the new barge Ceylon, owned by Calvin & Co.
Between forty and fifty men are employed repairing barges for the Kingston and Montreal forwarding company.
Capt. H. Brooks, Port Dalhousie, arrived in the city yesterday and has been engaged with the M.T. Co. until the opening of navigation when he becomes captain of one of the company's boats.
Fees For Dry Docking.
An order-in-council has been passed fixing the tariff charges for vessels using the Kingston drydock. On vessels and steamers from 100 to 500 tons, dockage is to be 20 cents per ton on the registered gross tonnage and for all tonnage in excess of 500 tons the dockage will be 10 cents per ton upon the excess. The dockage on tugs and vessels of less than 100 tons will be $20; lay days, that is the days that a vessel remains in dock, to commence 24 hours after the dock is pumped out, are to be charged at the rate of seven cents per ton per day and fractions of a day. In no case is the charge for lying in the dock to be less than $20 per day. Cargoes will be charged at the same rate as tonnage, but no charge will be made for ballast. Coal will be classed as cargo. It may be thought that these charges, considering the total cost of the dock are low, but, in order that Kingston dry-dock may compete with the American docks on the great lakes and obtain a fair share of business, the tariff has been made to conform with the one adopted by the managers of the United States docks at a meeting held in Detroit on January 14th, 1891.
William Leslies New Boat - Five gentlemen well up in marine matters, drove to Collinsby the other day to have a look at William Leslie's new tug. They describe it as a composite boat with iron frames and top sides and wooden bottom. It is 125 feet in length and will be used for towing and wrecking purposes on the lakes. When completed the boat will be one of the finest and most powerful tugs on fresh water.
Kingston Dry Dock Contract - M. Connolly has been in Ottawa settling up financial matters in connection with the Kingston dry dock contract. The firm have been required in connection with the lien on their plant, which they have given to the government as security for the suits to be entered against them, to insure the property to the extent of two-thirds of the value, viz. $30,000.
p.4 Well Known Captain Dead - Orillia, Feb. 19th - Capt. Archie Kerr ? died today of pneumonia. For forty years he sailed on the lakes and was well known in every port from Kingston to Midland.
Feb. 20, 1892
p.1 Hamilton Vessel Property - Messrs. J.B. Fairgrieve & Sons, Hamilton, are building a new hull to replace the prop. Canada, which is worn out. The engines of the Canada will be put in the new propeller. Mackay Bros., of Hamilton, have purchased the prop. St. Magnus. The former owner, Capt. Robertson, fell down the hold of the St. Magnus, some time ago, and was killed. It is understood that the price paid was in the neighborhood of $16,000. The engines of the St. Magnus are to be compounded.
Repairing the Wharves - Timber having arrived work has resumed on Swift's dock. The work on the G.T.R. dock is giving employment to a large number of men. The frame-work of the old dock is being almost totally removed. The wharf, by age, was badly decayed. The job will be completed in about six weeks time.
News In Small Lots - The steamer North King was watered today preparatory to being removed from Davis' dry-dock. The steamer Hero will succeed her for repairs.