The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Mar 1900

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p.5 To Sail the Great Lakes - plans for 2 passenger steamers submitted to American shipbuilding company for bids; to run between Chicago and Buffalo, 470' x 50' x 20', triple-expansion engines.

March 13, 1900

p.6 W.S. Parker, engineer, steamer Corsican, left this morning for Sorel to prepare for the coming season.

At noon today all the ship carpenters employed at Davis & Sons' yard went out on strike, demanding $2 a day. They had been receiving $1.75 all winter.

March 14, 1900

p.2 Contracts For Boats - Davis & Sons have been given a contract by the Trent Valley Navigation company to build the hull of a seventy foot boat. This work will be commenced shortly. The Tudhope carriage company, Orillia, will also place an order for a steam yacht with the local firm. Yesterday Davis & Sons shipped by C.P.R. to Rat Portage the hull of a steamer they built for the Lake of the Woods Navigation company.

p.4 A Steamer Sent Away - Today Davis & Sons, boat builders, shipped to Capt. Clifford, Rat Portage, a passenger steamer, 70 x 16 feet, only the wood work was built here, the engine and boiler will be supplied by a western firm. The same firm of boat builders are about closing a contract for a similar steamer for the Trent Valley navigation company.



The carpenters' union will seemingly gain nothing by the strike at R. Davis & Sons' shipyard. About fourteen men at work there struck for $2 a day, an increase of twenty-five cents. This took place at noon yesterday, and this morning Mr. Davis had eleven new men at work, all non-union and most of them receiving $1.50 a day. Matthew Davis was interviewed this morning about the strike, and said:

"The men notified me last week that they would quit on Saturday if their wages were not raised to two dollars a day. I replied that if they were not satisfied with their wages they could leave immediately. They worked on till Tuesday at noon and then quit. I have had no trouble in getting men, and better ones than most of those who struck. To tell you the truth, I am glad the men did strike, for not only will I be rid of troublers, but I will be saved money, as the present force of men offered to work at a lower rate.

In my opinion the carpenters' union did a wrong thing in allowing the men to strike at this season for there is little demand for labor. If they had waited until May it would have been better for them. The carpenters' union here has no principles upon which to work, and are not able to direct any strike for they have no capital. The strikers will now go about the streets idle, while they might just as well have been earning $10.50 a week. As far as we are concerned we will not be the means of raising the wages, for contractors here cannot pay the amount demanded. Our company raised the wages of the men ten cents in January, and since last fall have spent $18,000 in Kingston. There are any number of carpenters around, and good ones too, who do not belong to the union. A few of the strikers told me they would rather work on but as they belonged to the union they had to support the others and so are now idle against their own will."

District Dashes - James Dougherty, Chicago, has purchased a half interest in the schooner Collier owned by Capt. Farrington, of Belleville.

Capt. James Collier has purchased an interest in the steamer Reindeer and will assist Capt. L.M. Collier to run her for the year 1900.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Mar 1900