The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Mar 1897

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The lower walestreak, or fender, has been removed from the steamer Rosemount. It is expected that the removal of this streak will materially increase her speed, as less resistance will be offered in moving through the water when loaded.

Half a dozen of the M.T. Co.'s barges are receiving new decks and deck timbers. Stanchions are also being placed in a number of others.

March 5, 1897


March 6, 1897

p.2 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Gus Hinckley, Cape Vincent, has been awarded the contract to place the American buoys in Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence as far east as Ogdensburg this spring.

p.5 District News - The Hepburns of Picton have purchased the rigging and general outfit of the old schooner Delaware, aground near Pine Grove. The old fittings will be used to rig out a new barge now being built at Picton.



A meeting of the council of the board of trade was held yesterday afternoon to clear off the business that has accumulated during the past month. President James Redden presided. The following resolution was adopted unanimously.

"Whereas, previous to the enlargement of the Welland canal, many boats trading from Chicago, Duluth, Fort William, and other western ports, bound down the St. Lawrence river, called at Kingston for supplies and to procure Canadian pilots; whereas, since the enlargement of the Welland canal to a depth of fourteen feet, larger boats have been built; and whereas, there is a depth of only thirteen feet of water at the foot of Long Island for a distance of about 200 feet, and these larger boats are thereby prevented from taking the Canadian route via Kingston, and great loss is thereby caused to the people of Kingston;

"Be it therefore resolved, that the matter be placed in the hands of B.M. Britton, Q.C., member for this city, and that he be requested to ask the minister of public works to have a dredge sent to the foot of Long Island at the opening of navigation to deepen the channel across the foot of said island to a depth of not less than sixteen feet of water."

The following resolution, moved by alderman Livingston and seconded by alderman McKelvey, was adopted unanimously: "That when the information was received that the dominion government intended building a dry dock in Kingston, the people were delighted, thinking it would be a great boon to the city, but after its completion the government placed such a high tariff on the dock that it prevented it being used by boat-owners unless they were forced to do so, consequently the dock has been lying idle most of the time, summer and winter, since its completion, thus preventing a large number of mechanics and others getting employment, especially throughout the winter season, when work is scarce.

"Resolved that this matter be placed in the hands of our member, B.M. Britton, Q.C., and that he be asked to interview the minister of public works for the purpose of having a reduction made in the dock tariff, to make the rates here somewhat similar to charges on other dry docks in Ontario."

All other business was laid over until the next meeting, and the council adjourned after having passed the resolutions quoted.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Mar 1897