The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Mar 1903

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Marine Intelligence

The wages of cooks on first and second class boats out of Detroit this year will be $75 a month. Assistant cooks $70.

The grain trade at Chicago is booming. Several vessels have already been placed to carry grain to Buffalo. Steamers were chartered to carry clipped oats at 4 5/8 cents to Buffalo last Friday.

p.4 Horror At Fire - new steamer Montreal burns at Montreal.

Will Have New Steamer - R. & O. decides to build new one.

p.6 Public Reports - concerning the Rideau Canal and Kingston Dry Dock.

Public Works

The report of the minister of public works, for the fiscal year ended June 30th, 1902, has just been issued. The chief engineer reports that the work of improving the entrance to the Kingston dry-dock was commenced in May, 1902, and completed about June 25th of the same year. The alterations made consist in the lowering of the coping of the entrance walls 2 feet 6 inches, and widening the entrance for that depth from 55 feet to 60 feet 3 inches, and in increasing the practical length of the dock about 25 feet by cutting a groove or recess three feet wide in the steps forming the head of the dock. These alterations were made to comply with a request made by vessel owners having boats plying between Lake Ontario ports. One hundred barrels of Star brand cement were used. The work done presents a substantial and neat appearance. The cost of improvements is $2,077.06; staff and maintenance, $5,386.86. Total $7,463.92. The docking of two boats alone brought a revenue of $800, so it will be seen that the money spent is a good investment and that the change was a desirable one.

Following are the names of the vessels docked in the year and the dockage charges:

In 1901

Str. Robina $ 66.40

Yacht Nokomis 50.00

Str. D.D. Calvin 188.00

Str. Saturn 169.21

Str. New Island Wanderer 74.60

Str. Hecla 276.55

Str. Richelieu (wrecked) 40.00

Tug Bronson 27.40

S.S. Rosemount 318.60

Str. Resolute 282.72

Tug D.G. Thomson 67.50

Str. D.D. Calvin 188.00

Str. Parthia 50.00

Str. Chieftain 87.00

S.S. Rosemount 100.00

In 1902

S.S. Rosemount 540.00

Gov't Tug Delisle ---

Gov't Dredge Nipissing ---

Gov't Scows (three) 573.15

Gov't Tug St. Paul 50.00

Str. Bothnia 386.90

Barge Kildonan 102.30

Str. Glengarry 123.20

Str. Corona 371.26

Tug George D. Seymour 20.00

Str. Chippewa 476.85

Str. Valeria 20.00

Tug Jessie Hall 20.00

Total $ 4,849.74

Increase over last year 184.96

The dockmaster, F.S. Rees, receives a salary of $1,000; the engineer, Robert McLeod, $75 a month; and the formen $347.50 each.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Mar 1903