A NEEDED IMPROVEMENT.
Local and other marine men look for an early start by the government in dredging the Kingston harbor. The necessity of this work has been constantly urged upon the minister of marine, by those interested in transportation and navigation, and now that the surveyors have prepared, or will prepare, a complete plan of the harbor, the minister will no doubt be impressed with the importance placed upon it. This harbor has been neglected for years for some inexplicable reason. This seems all the more strange, considering its position, when it is known that dredges have been at work for the past few years, at Bowmanville, Newcastle, Frenchman's Bay, Whitby, Belleville and other harbors along the north shore of Lake Ontario. Into some of these ports only small stone hookers and the like enter, and yet the dredges Nipissing and Queen have been at work at these points, while this harbor was given the go by. When the positions of these harbors, to the marine trade, are compared the seeming injustice is quite apparent.
Kingston is the chief transhipping point between the northwest and the seaboard for Canadian produce, and this port is to Canada what Buffalo is to the United States. The harbor contains several shallow reefs on which heavily laden boats often grounded. To release these it was necessary to send out floating elevators, but now that stationary elevators have been supplied steamers cannot be lightened until they reach the docks, hence the necessity of a clear deep channel. With the increase in number of deep draught boats coming into ports, which will follow from the greater elevator accommodation, the importance of a sufficiently deep waterway will become more apparent. The local marine men are still urging the government for an immediate commencement at the work.
A new smokestack has been raised on the tug Bronson.
The sloop Maggie L. sails for Amherst Island tonight to load wheat for this port.
It is expected that the new Welland canal will be open for navigation about April 2nd.
The schooner Fabiola leaves for Oswego tomorrow. Her kitchen was provisioned this afternoon.
On Saturday next the directors of the Richelieu & Ontario company meet to appoint the stewards and pursers of the various boats of the fleet. W.R. Tandy, Dr. A.B. Ford and H. Dubois will likely be retained as pursers on the western division, and the stewards in all probability will be: Spartan, F.M. Hepburn; Algerian, C.J. McCambridge; Corsican, W.J. Clark; Passport, W.C. McDonald; Bohemian, J.R. Boyd; Columbian, A. Sparham; Hamilton, A.W. Stevenson.
M.T. Company Elevator - work being rapidly pushed along; three large boilers in position; work on powerhouse started.