The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jan 1898

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p.2 Did Not Get Across - Pierrepont in attempting to reach Garden Island met when a mile out ice four to five feet thick driven in by wind.

p.4 First Spile Driven - for J. Richardson & Sons new elevator.

The Foundation Completed - on M.T. Co's new elevator.

Jan. 11, 1898




Capt. Gaskin referred to the visit of J.L. Tarte, minister of public works, to the city some time ago, and of the many promises to have the harbor dredged. These promises are still promises, and from his experience he thought that parliaments required following up. The more they are followed up the more was to be gained. He asked for a resolution requesting the government to dredge out the harbor. On motion by R.J. Carson, seconded by J. Minnes, the following resolution was adopted:

Whereas grain elevators have been and are being erected at this port to improve the facilities for the transportation of grain from the west to the seaboard by way of the great lakes and the St. Lawrence river; and whereas in view of such improved facilities a much larger trade is expected at this port during the season of navigation of 1898 than in former years; and whereas large deep draught vessels arriving from the west have in many cases grounded when coming into the harbor on account of the channel not being of sufficient depth to accommodate them, causing serious delay, inconvenience and expense; and whereas it is of the utmost importance that both for the trade of this port and the export trade via Montreal that the government at once improve this, the most important harbor on Lake Ontario.

Be it resolved that this board of trade urges upon the minister of the department of public works at Ottawa to take this matter in hand so that the dredging of the harbor at various points where required may be undertaken as soon as the ice leaves the harbor in the spring, and that the work be pushed through vigorously so that vessels arriving here may have no trouble in getting to the various elevators in the harbor to have their cargoes transhipped.

And be it further resolved that the cooperation of the Kingston city council and of the board of trade of the city of Montreal be asked in bringing this matter to the attention of the minister of public works at Ottawa.

H. Mooers advised a slow move in the matter. At present government officials were making a survey of the harbor, and any rash step made by the city might tend to delay the desired work. Captain Gaskin pointed out that nearly all the little harbors west of Kingston had been dredged. Kingston should act at once. The department should be backed up in the work by the expressed wishes of the board of trade. The resolution carried.

James Redden moved, seconded by L.B. Spencer, that

"Whereas during the past season of navigation vessels have grounded in the channel between Four Mile Point and Snake Island light house, be it resolved that this board of trade urge upon the minister of marine the great necessity of having buoys placed in what is called the Old Ship channel as a guide to deep draught vessels when entering Kingston harbor. This channel being the widest and having the greatest depth of water, would be used altogether if properly buoyed, and would thus prevent accidents to vessels at that point." This resolution was also adopted.

Incidents of the Day - The engines of the S.S. Rosedale are being disconnected and prepared for the winter months.

Made Trips Every Month - Pierrepont was able to make trips every month in 1884, although sometimes laid up for ice.



The board of trade, in session last night, passed resolutions urging upon the government the necessity of improving the harbor channels and the entrance into the harbor. The course followed by light draught boats when coming in from the lake, runs within a short distance to the right of Snake Island light, or more commonly known as Four Mile light. This course has its dangers for heavy draught freighters, which can only navigate under the guidance of a skilful pilot, and even then accidents occur. The course formerly taken by freighters, and commonly followed at the present leads from Nine Mile light towards Rockwood asylum, and is known as the old ship channel. The only guidance mariners have through this channel is in landmarks, useful only to those thoroughly acquainted. The necessity of buoys to mark this route has impressed itself upon the members of the board of trade, and they now petition the government to place those buoys. It has been learned from undisputed authority that the department of marine has this matter under consideration, and is anxious to make the desired improvement at the earliest opportunity. In all probability the buoys will be located in the spring.

p.6 Capt. Booth says the lake-going captains of today are not to be compared with those of the past. The old captains had to keep sober, despite assertions lately made to the contrary. In olden times the lakes and rivers were not marked out by a chain of buoys and lights.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jan 1898