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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Feb 1901


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p.2 Incidents - A number of Portsmouth shipcarpenters left this morning for Deseronto to do work on the Rathbun boats.

p.6 Secured The Caspian - H.H. Gildersleeve, general manager of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte navigation company, has leased the steamer Caspian, of the R. & O. navigation company, for next season. The Caspian will run in conjunction with the steamer North King, between Rochester, Kingston and the Thousand Islands. A daily service will thus be provided.

Feb. 19, 1901

p.2 Incidents - The old lighthouse on Snake Island has been entirely razed and the material used for filling in the breakwater at the new light.

Secured Engineer's Papers - J.J. O'Brien has just returned to the city from Buffalo, N.Y., out of which city he sailed on the steamer Livingstone last season. He lately succeeded in securing first-class engineer's papers at Detroit.

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WANT HARBOR IMPROVED.

...The subjoined resolutions were also adopted and will be pressed, it is hoped, to a satisfactory conclusion:

"Resolved, That the council of the Kingston board of trade calls attention to the special survey made by the government last year pursuant to this board's request for the deepening of the short channel at the foot of Wolfe Island, so as to enable large vessels from ports on the great lakes (bound down the St. Lawrence) to call at a Canadian port for supplies, etc., and to procure a Canadian pilot as was the custom prior to the enlargement of the Welland canal and the consequent enlargement in the size of vessels, which led to their being forced to take the United States channel between Wolfe Island and the south shore in passing from the lake to the river. And this council believes that the expense of dredging required would be small and fully warranted by the importance of maintaining a Canadian port as a port of call for the large traffic continually passing by; and that this council desires to submit the matter again to the honorable, the minister of public works in the hope that if possible provision may be made to carry out the desired object, and that a copy of this resolution be sent to B.M. Britton, K.C., M.P., to be presented to the honorable, the minister named."

"Resolved, That whereas in pursuance of the requests of this board of trade the government has during the past few seasons annually expended a sum of money upon the work of dredging Kingston harbor, with a view to providing a channel in the inner harbor sufficient in depth and width for the safe passage of large deep-draught vessels without danger of grounding or collision; but whereas the work has not been completed in accordance with the original plans, and does not yet satisfy the requirements of such an important port as Kingston in the route from the great lakes to the sea, and whereas the completion of the work is all the more necessary now in view of the proposed erection of extensive smelting works at the north end of the city, requiring a deeper channel, be it resolved, that the council of the Kingston board of trade, while desiring to express cordial appreciation of the work already done earnestly hopes that no cessation may be allowed, and that a further appropriation will be made at this session of the house to allow the work to be continued without interruption; and, that a copy of this resolution be sent to B.M. Britton, K.C., M.P., to be by him submitted to the honorable, the minister of public works."

"Resolved, That the council of the Kingston board of trade having under consideration representations made on behalf of the Lake Carriers' association, the Underwriters' association of Canada, and Canadian boat owners, embodied in communications dated the 11th Feb., 1901, addressed to the honorable the minister of marine and fisheries, advocating (1) the marking of the south east shoal of Point Pelee with a satisfactory light and fog whistle; (2) the removal of trees now obscuring the light on Middle Island, on Lake Erie, and (3) the necessity for amendment in the Canadian navigation rules as contained in chapter seventy-nine of the revised statues of Canada; and it appearing to this council from the communications named and from independent evidence that the reason adduced in support of the proposed action and legislation are well grounded, and that it is most important that they be favorably considered. Be it resolved that the Kingston board of trade heartily endorses the prayer of the said petitions, and in particular respectfully commends to the consideration of the government the urgent necessity for legislation to bring the law governing the navigation of Canadian waters as far as possible into conformity with the rules in force upon the contiguous waters of the United States. And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to B.M. Britton, K.C., M.P., to be by him presented to the honorable, the minister of ( ?).

"Resolved, That the council of the Kingston board of trade endorses the petition of the Lake Carriers association, the underwriters association and the Canadian boat owners for the establishment of some means of communication by telegraph or telephone between Long Point on Lake Erie and Port Rowan; this council believing that the arguments that such a work would be of great assistance to storm bound vessels and might prove of practical utility to the weather bureau are valid; and would warrant the expenditure required. And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to B.M. Britton, K.C., M.P., to be by him presented to the honorable, the minister of public works."

At last night's meeting of the city council, the following resolution was presented by Alds. King and Craig, and unanimously adopted.

"Resolved, That this council express its unanimous concurrence with the resolutions adopted by the council of the Kingston board of trade, regarding the government work of dredging in Kingston harbor and of improving the short channel at the foot of Long Island. And that this council, recognizing the benefit of the work already done in the harbor, earnestly hopes that provision will be made for its continuance this year in accordance with the original plans, and that if possible further provision be made for the dredging at the foot of Long Island, so that this Canadian port may not only satisfy all requirements as a transhipping point in the grain trade by water but may also be enabled to draw through its harbor the large amount of traffic now passing every season down the American channel on the southern side of the island. And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded at once to B.M. Britton, K.C., member of parliament for this city, in order that he may present it with the resolutions above named to the Hon., the minister of public works."

Alds. King, Craig, Behan, and McLeod, and ex-mayor John Gaskin spoke in behalf of the resolution, favoring the requests set forth by the board of trade.

Incidents of the Day - A gang of ship carpenters left for Deseronto today, where good wages are being paid. There is a scarcity of this class of labor in this city as well as other places in Ontario.

Davis & Sons, shipbuilders, have received a contract to build a tug, at a cost of $4,000, for Brown & Elmer, contractors for the Trent Valley canal. The tug is to be ready for July 15th.

District Dashes - Capt. Ostrander, Picton, of the steamer Merritt, died on Friday, aged sixty years.


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18 Feb 1901
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  • Ontario, Canada
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Feb 1901