The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Mar 1899

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p.1 The Committee Named - seven aldermen named to committee to investigate dealings of Mooers' elevator company.

p.4 Elevator Investigation - editorial comment.

Two Resolutions Passed - deputation from board of trade talk to city council re. pressing for the government to open the canals earlier than May 1st, and having the dredge kept here to finish the job of having the harbor deepened to eighteen feet.



The present spell of cold weather means a "set back" for marine men and a later opening of navigation than anticipated. Several owners of vessels at this port had arranged to begin operations in fitting out their boats this week, expecting open water within fifteen days, but the week was ushered in with such a wintry appearance that their plans were laid aside. The weather is anything but cheerful for the anxious mariner, who is looking forward to a prosperous season. However, the engineers on the majority of the steamers are busy fitting out their departments to be ready when the opportunity arises.

The board of hull inspectors, examining the candidates for the office of inspector at this port, opened its sessions at the custom house yesterday afternoon and will continue its sittings for the remainder of this week. Alexander Hora's application is the first to be treated, and he is undergoing a severe examination, which will engage the board's attention for three or four days. The selection of an occupant for this office is an important matter, necessitating a rigid examination of the applicants. The position requires a competent man, one well versed in marine laws, having a practical knowledge of ship construction and of the class of boats suitable for the waters over which he has jurisdiction. Every man cannot fill the bill, so he who secures the appointment does so on merit, not on the "pull and backing of influential friends." The marine department is desirous of procuring the best available representative, and has demonstrated this in its selection of the board of examiners, each member of which is an inspector of high standing ability.

The announcement that the lake carriers' association has decided to advance the wages of sailors will be received with gratification by the rope and wheel handlers. The advance will cover all sailors, engineers, wheelmen and deckhands, who will receive $5 a month above the usual wage. Owners of vessels not in the association will no doubt follow suit. Such an advance coming in the spring is probably an indication of an expected satisfactory rate schedule on freight this season.

Very little change will be made in the list of officers for the M.T. company's fleet this season.

Capt. James McMaugh will again sail the S.S. Algonquin this season; Capt. James Ewart the S.S. Rosedale; Capt. Henry Chestnut the propeller Cuba; Capt. F. Elliott the propeller Melbourne; Capt. J.V. Trowell the propeller Ocean; Capt. J.S. Moore the propeller Myles, with James Smeaton as engineer.

Capt. Grant, of the schooner Grantham, left last night for Toronto, while he will assist in fitting out the steamer Eurydice for the Donnelly salvage and wrecking company.

Aleon Pargent leaves today for Melocheville, Que., after visiting Capt. J. Donnelly, and secures mate's papers.

George Martin left last night for Cornwall to prepare a tug on which he has been employed, for the opening of navigation.

D. McDonald left yesterday for Cleveland to engage in fitting up a steamer on which he has been employed for some years past.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Mar 1899