The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Mar 1904

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p.2 letter to Editor about letters concerning early steamboats and newspaper clippings from Glasgow Herald.

Recalling An Old Boat - a letter to editor about steamer "Cornet" (sic) renamed Mayflower, sank off Nine Mile Point - signed S. Winter.

p.3 Special License Wanted - A deputation from the Dominion Marine Association called on the minister of marine and asked that a special license be provided for the engineers on small craft plying on the minor inland waters of Canada. Their plea is that the same qualifications are not required for such positions as for posts of greater importance and responsibility. The association considers that the present requirements of the law are too severe. Their request will be duly considered.



Brought Big Grain Trade To Canada.

Members of the executive of the Dominion Marine Association waited on the different departments of the government in connection with changes they want made in the interests of Canadian shippers and transportation companies. Most of these have already been published.

The executive is again pressing on the government the desirability of enlarging the Welland canal.

Capt. John Gaskin, Kingston, told the Free Press that the estimated cost for changes that would have to be made sooner or later was $20,000,000. This would, of course, refer to various parts of the canal system. Those interested in shipping grain from from Fort William and Port Arthur want a canal with eight locks west of Thorold, instead of east of it, where there are now twenty-five locks. The trip from Thorold to St. Catharines could then be made in from eight to ten hours, instead of from fourteen to sixteen. Many other advantages would also follow.

The executive are also asking that the abolition of tolls on Canadian canals should become permanent. Last year, which was the first one under the change, 12,000,000 more bushels of grain came by Canadian waterways than in 1902.

In 1902, out of 35,000,000 bushels that left Fort William and Port Arthur elevators, 30,000,000 bushels (sic) went to Buffalo, and 15,000,000 through the Canadian canals to the seaboard.

But last year there was a change. Out of 34,000,000 bushels that left the upper lake ports, only 7,000,000 bushels went to Buffalo, compared with 27,000,000 that came by the St. Lawrence route.

Capt. Gaskin sees the 3 cent a bushel rate in sight if certain changes asked for are granted by the government, and says grain cannot possibly be carried from Lake Superior by way of the Erie canal at any such low figure. The low rates are benefitting Canadian shippers, shipbuilders, and especially the farmers of the Northwest, as cheap transportation encourages growing more grain.

To show the way Americans look at this question, they knocked off the Erie canal tolls in 1884 and have never even thought of putting them on again. The step taken by the government has proved a wise one, and it is thought the abolition of the tolls will not only hold good this year (granted some time ago), but will become permanent. [Ottawa Free Press]

p.6 District News - The present season will be the 49th during which Capt. E.B. Smith, of the steamer Alexandria, will have buffeted the waters of the Bay, Lake Ontario and River St. Lawrence. Here's to you, captain.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Mar 1904