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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Dec 1903

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Wolfe Island Ferry Given A Landing.

A special meeting of the city council was convened Monday afternoon at four o'clock to consider a by-law, granting to the township of Wolfe Island, a landing at the foot of Clarence street for ferry purposes.

These members answered to their names when the clerk called the roll: Mayor Bell, Alds. Angrove, Passam, Hoag, Kent, King, Knapp, McCammon, McFarlane, McLeod, Meek, Mowat, Sears, Reeves, Tait, Abbott, Walkem.

Ald. McCammon, after an explanation by the mayor as to the object of the meeting, submitted the bylaw in question. The measure gives exclusive right to the township of Wolfe Island to use the proposed wharf for ferry purposes; if used for any other purpose the city may collect wharfage. The only power the islanders have, in connection with use of the wharf, is to utilize it for ferry purposes; if the wharf is used for excursion business the present agreement between the city and island may be annulled. The wharf is to be built by Wolfe Island township, is then to become the property of the city, to be by that municipality leased to Wolfe Island council at a nominal rental. The island council must maintain the wharf and keep it in constant repair while having a lease of it, and safeguard the city against probable loss, in suits for damages by reason of accidents or injury to adjoining property, by furnishing an acceptable bond for $5,000, and maintain this bond in active force until the islanders cease to hold a lease of the wharf.

G.M. Macdonell asked to have the amount of the bond reduced to $2,000 or $2,500 at the outside, to lessen the annual charge for the same upon the township, but the aldermen thought it best to stick to the figure named by the city solicitor.

During a short debate it was brought out that the Wolfe Island township intended running a ferry to Garden, Simcoe and Howe Islands, as well as Wolfe Island.

Ald. Bassam wanted it made imperative that these islands be given the benefit of the proposed new ferry, but was assured those at the back of the scheme had this in view.

The bylaw as presented was finally accepted by the council and was signed and sealed.



Discussion After Monday's Nominations.

Wolfe Island, Dec. 29th - After the township nominations yesterday afternoon, an interesting and good natured discussion took place on the new ferry boat matter, the present system of road work and the budget, which was participated in by the nominees as well as by the electors of the township. It was evident that the important question of the new ferry wharf and the proposed facilities at Kingston, the latter to be constructed according to the terms of the by-law recently passed by the Kingston council, was the rock upon which opinion was divided.

There appeared to be some uncertainty as to the wisdom of proceeding as arranged, based on the additional tax to be incurred to build the new steamer, the possibility of the ferry not paying expenses and becoming a financial burden to the township, and the $3,000 bond required to be given by the township indemnifying the case in case of accident on the wharf. The questions under discussion were all handled in a very temperate manner by the various speakers and the debate, though bringing forth honest difference of opinion on some matters, was conducted without bitterness.

The Late Capt. Cook - Capt. Richard H. Cook, 61, was part owner of steamer Antelope which he ran between Brockville and Gananoque. [Brockville Recorder]

Is A Sturdy Association - The local association of Masters and Mates now has a membership of ninety-eight. Last February it began existence with sixteen members, but owing to the energy and fostering care exercised by its popular president, Capt. James Dix, the membership has steadily increased.



In Crossing Over The Detroit River.

Windsor, Dec. 29th - The railway ferries had the first rough experience of the season with the ice in Detroit river yesterday and on Sunday night. In many instances it took several hours to make the trip and the car boat Huron was fast in the ice nearly half a day before being released. In many places the ice had piled up in windrows and the side-wheeled ferries had hard work forcing a passage through. The timetables were disarranged seriously and but few trains, the cars of which were ferried over the river, left either side on scheduled time.

Likely The Last Trip - The steamer Pierrepont started out at 11:30 o'clock this morning with the Cape and Island passengers. She went as far as was possible, near to Garden Island, for the ice is getting thicker every hour. Tomorrow the steamer may be unable to get out at all.

Dec. 30, 1903

p.1 Capt. Frank Crapp - laid up his steamer Ionia at Milwaukee, sent freight money to owner, then disappeared; he might have died in a train wreck.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Pierrepont's last trip out into the harbor was made Tuesday afternoon. She is now frozen in at the ferry wharf. Navigation thus has closed here earlier this winter than for some years past.

Dec. 31, 1903

p.5 Vessels In Kingston Harbor - In Kingston harbor lying in winter quarters are forty-nine registered vessels. These constitute 20 steamers, 4 tugs, and 25 schooners and barges.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Dec 1903