A LOSS TO OUR SHIPPING.
Ottawa, Jan. 18th - A misapprehension appears to exist in regard to an order recently issued by the marine department, as to non-collection of dues on United States steamers carrying passengers to and from points in Canada. The facts are that the collection of harbor, light and inspection fees from United States vessels was dispensed with by reciprocal arrangement between the two governments some years ago. Congress had passed a law imposing harbor and lighthouse dues upon vessels hailing from countries exacting similar imposts from United States vessels, and, accordingly Canada agreed to discontinue the collection of such fees from American craft using our harbors. This was the position until last season, when, without authorization, a new regulation was issued to have "such dues collected in Canadian ports." It is said this action threatened to bring about retaliation, and so an amended regulation has been issued for next season in accordance with the international agreement.
If the collection of these dues were continued fees would be exacted on Canadian tonnage in American ports of a similar or more onerous character, and Canadian shipping would stand to lose by the arrangement.
p.6 Incidents of the Day - Dr. Mills, Toronto, owner of the steamer Cambria, is being sued by Capt. Patrick McSherry for $500, which the latter claims is due as arrears for wages.
The steamer Pierrepont runs right into the Garden Island wharf now, and the stage meets the steamer there for Cape Vincent. There were a fair number of passengers from the Cape this afternoon.
Jan. 19, 1900
p.2 Does It Refer To Steamers? - A prominent alderman made the statement this morning that when ice formed in the harbor, a steamer according to bylaw No. 490 respecting the harbor, passed in December 1893, cannot run through the ice without complying with the provisions of the by-law, which reads as follows:
"No person shall cut any holes in the ice of the harbor or slips, unless for the purpose of drawing water, or of easing vessels laid up in the harbor, which shall be done and protected under the direction of the harbor master or his assistant, and no person shall cut or take any ice in the harbor or slips without first applying to the harbor master and having a place assigned to him for that purpose, and no ice shall be cut or taken from any place unless and until such place has been protected or planted with pine, hemlock or cedar bushes stuck up right in the ice and at least four feet high from the surface of the snow, and six feet apart, or without a substantial rail fence of the same height, and to the satisfaction of the harbor master or his assistant."
p.6 To Have A New Yacht - William E. Ward, one of the charter members of the Queen City Yacht Club, Toronto, is building a deep draught sloop, which should give Verona, of Rochester, and Kestrel, of Kingston, a smart tussle, and will introduce a new designee to Canadian fresh water sailing. The craft is from the board of B.B. Crowninshields, Boston, Mass. As this is the first vessel of his lines to part Ontario waters, Mr. Crowinshields (sic) has given the craft particular study, and as a result has produced the designs of what promises to be an unusually powerful bulb keel sloop. [Toronto Star]
Jan. 20, 1900
p.2 Incidents of the Day - A new boiler is being made in Oswego, N.Y., for the steamer Islander.
Next week Davis & Son, shipbuilders, will commence work at the new steamer for a Rat Portage firm, to be run on the Lake of the Woods.
p.8 The R. & O. Company - annual meeting to be held on February 16th.