THE PRESIDENT'S REPORT
Kingston's Commercial Condition Under Review.
- at annual meeting of Kingston Board of Trade, the president's report mentioned:
In May last a strong resolution was adopted protesting against the recommendation of the Montreal and Winnipeg corn exchanges, that United States vessels be allowed to coast between Canadian ports on the great lakes, since our vessels have long been barred from coasting on the opposite shores. This resolution was presented to the government by Mr. Britton, city member. But in November an order-in-council gave permission for this coasting, and then this board sent a delegation to Ottawa with objections of the strongest character. They joined deputations from other boards in addressing the ministers, who promptly rescinded the action taken.
The Through Water Route.
A petition from St. Catharines board of trade calling for government improvement of Port Colborne harbor and erection of storage elevators at a cost of nearly $5,000,000, to make the Welland canal the terminus of navigation for large steamers, to the benefit of local desires and not for the betterment of the forwarding facilities or rates of the national highway, was the subject of a counter petition from the Kingston board, addressed to the governor-general, the senators, members of the house of commons and Canadian boards of trade. A much more economical, prompt and practical scheme was outlined, one in perfect harmony with the best interests of the country.
Dredging The Harbor.
A resolution acknowledging the valuable work done in the harbor by the government dredges has been presented to the minister of public works through Mr. Britton, and application has been made for a continuation of the useful service this year, by one of the dredges now in port. A completion of the plans is near at hand, and it would be wise for the protection of the through route to the ocean, to effect this and thus remove all possibilities of accident. Should the smelter works be established a channel 150 feet wide and 14 feet deep will be absolutely necessary from Cataraqui bridge almost to the limit of the upper harbor, and a strong presentation of claims to public dredging will be imperative. The desire of the government to encourage iron works should pave the way for its acquiescence.
The Forwarding Trade.
The forwarding trade of Kingston met last year the stoutest opposition it has yet encountered. The Kingston and Montreal forwarding company withdrew altogether to Coteau,and its operations were carried on from that point. It was most fortunate that Kingston had storage elevators of large capacity to meet the stiffer competition, and to increase the convenience of the St. Lawrence route. No regret should be felt over the bonus enterprises for they have fortified Kingston as a grain port at a critical time, when its commanding position might have been lost.
The prospect of the timber forwarding trade for the season near at hand is encouraging, and the route up the picturesque Rideau, the handsomest chain of lakes in all Canada, is being brought into wider notice and repute and is to have its steamboat service doubled.
Capt. Gordon Kean, Malvern, Ont., arrived in the city today to take charge of the M.T. Co. steamer Glengarry.
The schooner Queen of the Lakes was unloaded of a cargo of oats at Richardsons' elevator yesterday. The cargo had been in the schooner all winter. This is the first grain elevated here this season.
Capt. Randalls, Seeley's Bay, is here to fit out the tug Maggie May and sloop Dandy.
The schooners Burton and Eliza White are ready for the spring's work. They will probably first go to Deseronto to load lumber for the Rathbun company, which requires all the vessels available at this season.
Just as soon as the ice leaves the harbor, and this is expected to take place next week, the steamer Bothnia with consort Valencia will clear for Toronto to load timber for Garden Island. Already 80 car loads of timber have been dumped into Toronto bay for shipment to this port.
It is expected that the Calvin company's tug Reginald will again tow the Standard Ool company's tank barges between Port Huron and Montreal. This tug performed this work last summer and fall, up to close of navigation.
p.5 Chartered A Steamer - The steamer Columbian, owned by the R. & O. N. company, has been chartered by the Lake Ontario navigation company, which owns and controls the steamers Hero and North King, to ply between Charlotte, Port Hope and the Thousand Islands during the summer months. The R. & O. N. company retains the right to use the Columbian from the 9th of June to August 27th to run the Monday trip between Kingston and Montreal, the steamer returning to her route between Charlotte and Port Hope during the balance of the week between the dates named.
Incidents of the Day - H.M. Nimmo has secured the pursership of the steamer Algerian, which runs on the Hamilton-Montreal route for six months each year.
The steamer Blackrock, which carried several cargoes to this port last year, has been chartered for $50,000 by a coal firm for this season.
The steamer Pierrepont went out again early this morning and succeeded in getting in very near to Wolfe Island. It may be Saturday, however, before a landing is effected.
Many enquiries are being received by local vessel owners from western firms about purchasing their crafts. The western lumber trade this year necessitates more vessels than ever.
Reached Wolfe Island - The steamer Pierrepont this morning succeeded in reaching Wolfe Island. Some difficulty was experienced in breaking through the ice between Garden Island and the ferry wharf at Wolfe Island.