p.1 The Enlarged Waterways - Galops and Soulanges canal contractors have until new year to complete contract.
Alterations To The North King.
The steamer North King is undergoing extensive repairs, which will engage the attention of carpenters until the opening of navigation. Additional space is being given the dining room; the after cabin on the main deck transformed into sleeping apartments for passengers, and the purser's office enlarged. The improvements will still better the excellent service afforded on the steamer.
p.6 To Get the Vessel Ready - Joseph DeRoche, mate of the schooner Fabiola, will leave in a few days for Sodus Point to prepare her for the opening of navigation. The schooner was caught in the ice there last fall.
The marine insurance companies doing business in Canada have made an agreement with the United States companies to increase the cargo rates on grain for this season from thirty to thirty-five per cent. Last year the rate was twenty-two cents from head of navigation to Buffalo, and this year the figure will be fifty cents for spring and fall months of navigation and thirty cents for the summer months, the same rates ruling to Canadian as to American ports.
Feb. 22, 1899
p.6 Late Afternoon Events - Luther Donnelly, Earl street, left for Toronto last night to assist in fitting out the steamer Eurydice, recently purchased by the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company. He will sail on her as second mate.
R. Gaskin, Albert street, will sail as second mate of the steamer Northern Wave, Buffalo, next season.
A new bar will be provided on the steamer North King after the pretty design of the bar at "The Hub."
The steamer Glengarry receives a new smoke stack this spring.
A Harbor Breakwater - A petition to the minister of public works, for a breakwater to complete the harbor of Kingston as a safe port in all weathers, is being influentially signed. The proposal is to run a pier out from the water works or Kingston foundry wharf at a cost of $30,000. It would be proof against the prevailing south-west winds.
Feb. 23, 1899
p.2 Captain of the Greyhound - Capt. Towers, late assistant traffic manager of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, who sailed the Cuba and Ocean, has been appointed captain of the Greyhound, running out of Toronto, for next season.
p.4 A Suit For Salvage - The case of a western navigation company against the M.T. company for salvage is now in progress at Detroit. It will be remembered that last fall the schooners Melrose and Minnedosa broke away from the steamer Bannockburn while running down Lake Huron. The Melrose was towed into Alpena in a sinking condition. The owners of the steamer which towed the Melrose into Alpena are suing for the recovery of $13,000 salvage. Capt. John Gaskin, the captain and crew of the Melrose and B.M. Britton, Q.C., M.P., are present at the trial.
Twenty-five men are at work in the shipyard of the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding company, Portsmouth, making repairs to the company's barges and other floating stock.
The steamer King Ben will be given improved machinery before the opening of navigation, with the view of increasing her speed. Capt. Ira Folger is overseeing repairs to the hull of the steamer.
The steamers of the Lake Ontario navigation company next season will be commanded by the same officers as sailed them last year.