The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jan 1904

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p.2 Day's Episodes - Extensive repairs are being made to the steamer Pierrepont.

The Richelieu & Ontario company, hereafter, will refuse to stop at Brockville on acount of the very unsafe condition of the C.P.R. wharf. Brockville council is concerned in the matter.

p.3 Lake Ontario Falling - Toronto, Jan. 13th - paper entitled "Fluctuations of Lake Ontario" presented by Kivas Tully at Canadian Institute.



As To The Commands of Canadian Steamers.

St. Catharines, Jan. 12th - To The Editor: Please to publish the following resolutions passed in this city. MARINER.

At the annual meeting of the St. Catharines branch of Ship Masters and Mates' Association, held January 6th, a resolution was unanimously passed, taking exception to the remarks made by C.F. Gildersleeve, president of the Vessel Owners' Association, at a meeting in Toronto, December 22nd. He asserts that officers of Canadian steamers are recruited from deck hands and others who gain a sufficient experience and self-education to pass the government examination, and called on the government to establish training schools, to produce better qualified officers, and induce a superior class of men to enter the lake marine service. We have yet to learn where or when a man was condemned for being self-educated, and under what conditions could a man be better fitted for his calling, than one who had commenced as a deck hand, at the bottom of the ladder, and climbed to the top. As for a superior class of men, would Mr. Gildersleeve please enlighten us as to where we would have to go to find them. Surely not recruits from his office, from which he has drawn on previous occasions for steamboat officers. We consider aside from a few of Mr. Gildersleeve's own recruits, the officers of the Canadian lake steamers are as intelligent a body of men as can be found, either on the great lakes or elsewhere. We believe his ideal of a shipmaster is a dude who can adorn the head of a dining-room table regardless of ability in seamanship. While we are desirous of keeping in harmony with our employers, we cannot afford to let Mr. Gildersleeve's uncalled for remarks go unchallenged.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - At the recent annual meeting of Kingston branch, No. 7, Ship Masters' and Mates' Association, a resolution was unanimously adopted which took exception to remarks recently made by C.F. Gildersleeve, president of the Vessel Owners' Association, and in similar terms to that published in another column from St. Catharines.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jan 1904