The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Mar 1903

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p.2 Another Marine Railway - The Kingston Foundry company is building a marine railway on its wharf property. The ways will be a great convenience to small steamers, yachts and schooners, and there will be plenty for it to do without interfering with the two dry-docks. It is 120 feet long. Hitherto many small craft had to wait a week and ten days before they could be docked. Kingston has now two dry-docks and three marine railways

Appointments Made - by R. & O. company - Toronto, Capt. Grange; Kingston, Capt. Esford; Bohemian, Capt. Dunlop.

p.6 Death of Fred Martin - A despatch from Waukegan, Ill., announced the death there, after a brief illness, of Fred Martin, the well-known boat designer and builder, leaving a widow and four children.

Mr. Martin was one of the most expert designers of the United States, and many of the most noted pleasure and racing boats were built from his drawings. He was a master of his profession and his work made him widely known. He served his apprenticeship in this city with Henry Cunningham, and for a time was located at Racine, Wis. He had an international reputation as a designer and builder of racing and pleasure boats.

A Unique Undertaking - John Donnelly and Diver Matthew Murphy returned last evening from Delora, Hastings County, where they were engaged in a unique undertaking diving on dry land. Manager Kirkgaard, of the Canadian Gold Fields company, sent for them to repair a break in a water pipe in the Harris air lift shaft. The break resulted in the flooding of the shaft. Diver Murphy in diving armour went down 100 feet below surface level and found the break, which occurred between two cylinders, which were so close together that he was unable to repair it. The only thing that can be done is to have the mine pumped out, when repairs can be made.

March 14, 1903


A Word To Marine Inspectors.

Gananoque, March 13th - (To The Editor): This is the season of the year when a word of advice to marine inspectors is in place. There are always a large number of vessel owners who want certificates for craft which should be towed out into deep water and sunk. There are any number of such boats all the way from Cornwall to Belleville, vessels that should have been retired and used as kindling wood years ago. Year by year these boats reappear with a fresh coat of paint, and go up for examination. Some owners want certificates for them without repairing them sufficiently, while others want to carry from 100 to 300 more passengers than would be safe. Inspectors have been too liberal of late years with these vessel owners, and it's time that a new policy was begun. I claim that inspectors cannot be too stringent in their demands that vessels should be up to the staunchest mark. They owe a duty to the people, for whose safety on the water, they are largely accountable, and they should not fear to carry out the law to its fullest extent, in spite of the ill-will and threats of vessel owners.


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Mar 1903