SAILORS SHOULD BE TRAINED.
Mr. Gildersleeve Replies To St. Catharines Resolution.
A meeting of steamboat men at St. Catharines, Ont., censures Mr. Gilderlseeve, manager of the Richelieu & Ontario company, for urging the government to establish training schools to produce better qualified officers and a superior class of men.
Referring to this, Mr. Gildersleeve said he was entirely indifferent as to what the steamboat men said. If they objected to the principals contained in the suggestions that had been put forward by the executive of the Marine Association the other day at Toronto, then they had better arrange to go to some other part of the world. The executive suggested that something should be done in inauguration of schools for training and education of officers and men.
It was in the interests of the public, of the men themselves, of the officers and of the companies that the very best in the way of training should be forthcoming.
"If the sailors of the St. Lawrence wish a standstill or a retrograde policy, that is their affair, but progress will come all the same, even after they have left the business. "Why," he added, "these men might just as well suggest that the public schools be closed. There is already a school for seafaring men in Montreal. Just how far that has been a success it is not for me to say, but this can be put forward as a certainty that an improved education not only for sailor men but for everybody is not in the way of retrogression."
Asked when this matter would again come up, Mr. Gildersleeve said that at the recent meeting in Toronto of the executive, it was arranged to have the whole question introduced and discussed at the general meeting of the Marine Association early in the coming session.
p.5 Incidents of the Day - Capt. J.V. Crawford, Wiarton, Ont., of the Crawford Towing company, was here yesterday, consulting with the Kingston Foundry company, regarding the building of the steel frame for a ninety foot tug. It is likely the contract will be given the Kingston company.
p.7 Wreck Record - loss of Emerald recalls other wrecks: schr. Picton; in 1880 the prop. Zealand, Belle Sheridan, Northman, Nellie Hunter, Norway. (same article on Dec. 5, 1903)