The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Dec 1903

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p.2 Want Canal Dues Removed - Dominion Marine Association also petition for business on Sundays.


At Once At Foot Of Clarance Street

An important meeting of the city property committee was held Wednesday afternoon, when the request of the council of Wolfe Island township, for a ferry boat landing, came up for consideration. There were present Alds. McCammon, chairman; Tait, Reeves Mallen, Hoag and Angrove. G.M. Macdonell was in attendance representing the Wolfe Island township council.

The opinion of City Solicitor McIntyre as to the city's position in the matter, was submitted in writing, to the effect that the city had power to erect and rent wharves at streets ending in navigable waters. However, it would be necessary to procure the consent of the governor-general to construct a wharf at the point named, in view of an act incorporating Kingston as a town. No difficulty would be met with in obtaining the consent of the governor-general. Such a pier or wharf, when erected, would be the property of the city, and would be a public wharf, open to public on equal terms, though the city may levy tolls or dues on all vessels touching at the wharf. The city would be liable for damages if any person lawfully using the wharf sustained injury by reason of its being out of repair. He was not clear that the city might not be compelled to compensate an adjoining wharf owner for any injury resulting to such wharf owner from the construction of such a wharf as proposed, and pursuant to the city's permission. It is possible that the city might be liable, if the wharf is built, to compensate the K. & P. railway company should the company suffer loss in the event of the wharf being built. The solicitor expressed the opinion that the city would not be liable, but the point is not entirely clear. If the permission sought is granted, the city should exact from the township of Wolfe Island a bond, other than the bond of the township, with good and sufficient sureties, indemnifying the city from all claims for damages by reason of the erection of the wharf, as proposed.

Mr. Macdonell said there would not be any difficutly in obtaining the bond set forth by the city solicitor, whose point was that the city should have a bond separate from that of the township, say, by a guarantee company.

The city engineer took the ground that the city had equal rights with private individuals in extending a wharf out on its waterfront, without injury to adjacent property. Mr. Macdonell was of the same opinion.

Ald. Hoag thought the committee should delay action until further information had been obained.

Mr. Macdonell pointed out that the Wolfe Island council had its new steamer under way, and the members were anxious to secure wharf privileges without delay.

Ald. Angrove supported Ald. Hoag, that the committee should proceed slowly in the matter.

After a short argument it was decided to have the city solicitor attend to give the members advice.

The request of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, for permission to build a wharf at the foot of Brock street, was also taken up.

Ald. Hoag and Angrove thought that if such a privilege was granted one corporation or body, it could not be denied the other.

The city solicitor, who had arrived, held that the city was not bound to grant the Thousand Island Steamboat company the permission sought, nor need the Wolfe Island request be complied with.

After the committee and city solicitor had conferred for a few minutes, and the members were assured that they would be quite within their rights in granting the township the privilege sought, without leaving the city liable to be mulcted for damages by adjoining wharf owners, it was moved by Alds. Angrove and Hoag that the permission sought by Wolfe Island township council be granted, the wharf to be built at the foot of Clarence street, under the supervision of the city engineer, and that a bylaw be prepared by the city solicitor, embodying the terms set forth in his letter, to carry the same into effect. Carried.

The wharf will be twenty feet wide, and not more than seventy feet long. The street opening at the point is sixty-six feet wide.

"No action" was decided on the communication of the K. & P. railway company, protesting against the construction of a wharf at the foot of Clarence street. Similar treatment was given the communication of the Thousand Island steamboat company asking permission to construct and maintain a wharf at the foot of Brock street. The city solicitor said the company could not maintain a wharf at the foot of Brock street, as the wharf would be built on city property.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Chicora was today floated into the government dry dock to undergo extensive repairs. She will occupy the dock all winter.

Dec. 18, 1903

p.6 Pith of the News - The steamers Hutchinson and Ferries, which are bound for Buffalo, came to off Colchester, Ont., on Thursday night and remained until this morning. They are now under way, progressing favorably.

Dec. 19, 1903

p.6 Had To Turn Back - The steamer New Island Wanderer left Cape Vincent at eleven o'clock this morning, starting via the head of the island. She found the wind too strong, however, and had to turn down channel and go around the foot of the island. The steamer Pierrepont left here at two o'clock this afternoon to meet the Wanderer down the river and exchange passengers and freight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Dec 1903