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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Mar 1900

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The Deseronto navigation company will have the following commanders for 1900: Resolute, Capt. J. Gowan; Reliance, Capt. J. Dougherty; Ella Ross, Capt. D.B. Christie; Deseronto, Capt. W. Skillen; Armenia, Capt. S. Anderson; Rescue, Capt. J. Rowe; Nile, Capt. W.J. Daley; Ranger, Capt. D. McVicker.



The next case was that of Raney, Selby & Co. vs A.M. Crombie, an action for payment for repairs done to two steam tugs. J.L. Whiting, Q.C., for plaintiffs and B.M. Britton, Q.C., for defendant. In March, 1899, the tugs Antelope and St. George were at Portsmouth, and the plaintiffs were instructed to do repairs to them by the defendant, who acts for a Montreal firm, which owns the tugs. F. Raney, Charles Selby, W.C. Spencer and government steamboat inspector Thompson were examined on behalf of the plaintiffs. The latter had ordered the boiler of the tug St. George to be repaired or he would not grant the vessel a certificate.

For the defence, Mr. Laurie, of Montreal, who came to Kingston to examine the tug, testified that he gave no instructions to the plaintiffs to do the work, as he had no authority to do so. Mr. Whiting, however, produced a letter written by witness to Mr. Crombie, last July, in which he told the latter that he told Mr. Raney to do the work. The defendant swore that Dixon Anderson took the boats away from Kingston and assumed control in violation of witness' authority.

Mr. Britton held that there was no contract and that the defendant could not be held liable. According to the correspondence, the defendant had written the plaintiffs that Mr. Laurie would give them the necessary instructions regarding the work. His lordship held that there was no doubt but what the plaintiffs had been given instructions by the defendant and Mr. Laurie to do the work required by the steamboat inspector, and also some extra repairs. Some work done prior to the correspondence, and which was ordered by Mr. Anderson, the plaintiffs could not recover for. Judgement was therefore given for the plaintiffs for $426 and costs, this amount being less $70 claimed.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. J.T. Towers, St. Catharines, will command one of the largest steamers out of Toronto harbor.

The Calvin company has in frame a new tow barge 200 x 39 feet. The frame is of oak throughout. Part of the covering will be of iron and part of oak planking.

March 30, 1900


Marine Notes.

Marine men expect navigation to open about the middle of April.

Work on the vessels at this port is now being pushed ahead so that all will be ready as soon as the ice disappears.

The framework of the steam yacht for the St. Lawrence yacht club, Montreal, has been already erected by Davis & Sons.

R. Davis left this morning for Toronto to negotiate with a firm regarding the building of a steamer to run on the Muskoka lakes.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - There was an ice yacht race this morning for the Calvin-Macnee trophy, the winners being: Snow Cloud, H.S. Folger; Jack Frost, J.B. Carruthers; Kestrel, Dr. Black. Time 35:10

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Mar 1900