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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Mar 1892

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p.1 The Sailor's Friend - Rev. Mr. Potter engaged in sailors mission work under the Upper Canada tract society, his district lying between Hamilton and Cornwall, including Ogdensburg.

What Is James H. Doing - From present indications it would look as if the dry dock was to remain an ornament to the harbor. The tariff put on it by the government is so much higher than the rates of the Hamilton and other dry docks that the only chance of boats entering the dock at all depends entirely on a rush of business at other places or in case of accidents to vessels when in this vicinity. It is to be hoped that the tariff will be so fixed as not to drive vessels away from Kingston.

News In Small Lots - The machinery for the tug Thompson is being built in the locomotive works, not at the Kingston foundry.

Today, Sanford Donnelly, chief engineer of the str. Van Allen, left for Oswego to superintend the fitting out of the boat.

March 15, 1892

p.1 They Want a Steamer - Island Queen ran in Thousand Islands in Brockville area for many years; now a replacement is needed.

The Contracts Awarded - A. McCallum has been awarded the contract for supplying the Royal mail line steamers with milk the coming season. The others awarded contracts are: T. McConville, meat; L. Hansen, fish; Miss Shanahan, fowls; R. Rowan, laundrying.

Getting Ready For Work - Great preparations are being made at the dry-dock for the spring work. 26 bilge blocks are being made of heavy oak timber, and will be finished in a few days. It is likely that the first boats to be docked will be the Cibola and Chicora, and following them will be the barges Glenora, Gaskin and Cornwall.

p.4 Improving Collingwood Harbor - Collingwood, March 15th - A by-law to raise $15,000 for the purpose of dredging the harbor was carried yesterday by a vote of 321 for to 7 against. Other appropriations are expected to be made which will dredge the harbor to a depth of 20 feet, making the channel navigable to any steamer on fresh water.

A sidewheel passenger steamer is being built for the St. Catharines, Grimsby & Toronto navigation company. She is to be of steel and iron, 180 feet long and 44 feet extreme beam, and will carry 600 passengers. The cost is placed at $75,000.

March 16, 1892

p.1 The Company Won - The case of Mrs. Senecal vs the Thousand Island Steamboat Company, tried at Watertown, N.Y., occupied almost a week. The action arose from a collision, at Alexandria Bay, between the steamer St. Lawrence, owned by the company, and the steam yacht Catherine, of which Mrs. Senecal's husband was engineer. The steam yacht was split in two and a number of summer tourists and the engineer drowned. It was maintained by the company that the managers of the yacht were to blame for the accident, because they were properly notified of the approach of the St. Lawrence, and had the crew of the Catherine been equal to the occasion the accident which resulted so seriously would not have occurred. The verdict was rendered today after the jury had been locked up eighteen hours. It was in favor of the company. H. Folger, who watched the case from the beginning, said today: "It was a big fight and I am satisfied with the victory. It was the most interesting case ever tried at Watertown, N.Y."

p.2 Ontario Fisheries - petition to change season on Bay of Quinte.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Mar 1892