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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1902

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March 19, 1902


Against Navigation Company

The action of Davis vs. the Rideau Lakes navigation company was begun yesterday afternoon. Plaintiffs sued defendants for $1,217 for rebuilding the steamer Rideau King and for repairs. They held a note from Capt. D. Noonan for the amount, payable at the Ontario bank. This note had fallen due and was refused renewal by the bank. The plaintiffs then looked to the navigation company for payment, which being refused, action was taken.

The plaintiffs set forth that Capt. Noonan was acting for the company as managing director, and that although the note was given by him, yet the company was responsible. The boats were running in the company's name, and the public would naturally think that the company either owned or had chartered them. The defence held that the company had not taken over the boats till last summer. Capt. Noonan had given the note in payment for rebuilding and repairs, and they were not responsible for the amount due. The boats belonged to Capt. Noonan until that time; he had ordered the work in his own name, and given his own note. Therefore he alone was responsible.

Judgement was reserved. E.H. Smythe appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. Whiting for the defendants.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamers North King and Caspian will commence their trips on May 12th. The New York Central railroad will not run opposition boats as has been reported.

Dr. R.T. Walkem, K.C., has returned from Ottawa, where he appeared before the supreme court on behalf of the Collins Bay rafting and forwarding company in connection with the case against the New York and Ottawa railway company. Judgement was reserved.

The Wolfe Island Canal

Dr. Walkem, K.C., solicitor for the executor, creditors and the receiver of the Wolfe Island canal company states that last summer he volunteered the Wolfe Island council necessary information regarding that waterway, and is now at a loss to know why the council advertises for the owners. The canal, he says, is still owned by the company, which, being a corporation, can never die. It is understood that those interested are willing to cooperate with the township corporation in seeing that the public interests are protected, and they have invited the township corporation to confer with them on the subject. The matter in dispute is the road across the canal at this end of it. The bridge has fallen into disrepair.

The Officers Selected

The Richelieu & Ontario navigation company will have its steamers manned during the approaching season as follows:

Steamer Kingston - Capt. Esford; H. Dubois, purser; A. Milne, engineer.

Steamer Toronto - Capt. Grange; F. Booth, sailing master; W.A. Black, engineer.

Steamer Columbia - Capt. C. Hinckley; H. Tandy, purser; S. Putnam, pilot; J. Carroll, mate; Joseph Jonlin, engineer; L. Jolly, steward.

Steamer Bohemian - Capt. Dunlop; R.S. Devlin, purser; J. Carway, pilot; engineer, George Gendron.

Steamer Corsican - Capt. Miller; M. Orsalto, purser; W.S. McPhee, mate; J.E. Parker, engineer; M. Mousseau, steward.

Steamer Hamilton - Capt. A.J. Baker; J.P. Stevenson, sailing master; A. Mareil, steward; R. Marshall, engineer.

Steamer Spartan - Capt. John McGrath; F. Sparks, purser; A. Stickner, mate; A. Fay, steward; John Kane, engineer.

p.8 Partially Filled With Water - During last night the steamer New York partially filled with water at Craig's wharf, where it has been lying, and settled on the shallow bottom. The thawing ice had drawn the oakum from the seams, causing leakage. It was expected that the steamer would be pumped out by tonight.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Mar 1902