The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Mar 1899

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p.2 Personal Mention - Capt. Gowan, Deseronto, is in Kingston to superintend the repairs being made to the steamer Resolute.



.....In view of the importance of a continuation of the dredging of the harbor, as the work already performed has not been sufficient to allow of large deep draught boats, such as trade at this port, to pass or cross each other in safety without grounding or collision, and, while the council realizes the full value of the work done, it also recognizes the necessity for its completion without cessation, and adopted a resolution, introduced by John McKelvey, seconded by John Hewton, requesting that the government dredge, now in the dry dock, be left here to continue the work, and that a further appropriation for the work will be made at the next session of the house. A copy of the resolution will be sent to B.M. Britton, M.P., and Edw. J.B. Pense and Capt. Gaskin were appointed to wait on the city council at its next session, to secure its co-operation in the matter.

The council also adopted a resolution, submitted by Mr. Pense, seconded by J. Redden, protesting against the order of the department of railways and canals fixing the opening of the Welland and St. Lawrence canals for May 1st, and pointing out that such a late opening would prove detrimental to early traffic on the St. Lawrence route, to the advantage of American routes. The resolution asks for the opening not later than April 18th, and a copy will be forwarded to Sir Richard Cartwright for his support.

p.7 Two Diving Bells - Two diving bells for the Collins Bay Wrecking and Salvage company are being constructed at the Kingston foundry, under supervision of Edward Merritt. They each weigh 6,500 pounds and allow of over 6 ft. space inside for a diver to work in. Glass port holes in the top allow of sufficient light to enter to enable the diver to see. The bells are in shape just what their name implies. They are to be used in connection with the raising of the destroyed bridge in the St. Lawrence river fronting Cornwall.

p.8 Early Opening of Lake Erie - ice moving at Colchester.

Late Afternoon Events - Capt. J.V. Trowell will command the steamer Ocean again this season.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Mar 1899