TWO MARINE BILLS.
Wolfe Island Ferry Boat The Origin Of One.
Two bills before Parliament are causing interest in marine circles here, more particularly one, since it had its origin over the appointment of the captain to the new Wolfe Island ferry steamer. This one provides that if a Canadian who goes to the United States, passes his examinations and takes out marine papers, cannot secure Canadian papers until he has resided here three years after returning. The reason for this is that to get United States papers, a foreigner has to take the oath of allegiance. The other bill is one requiring that all engineers of tugs must hold certificates. At present, engineers on tugs under 150 tons do not require certificates. There is perhaps no tug about Kingston which has not an uncertificated engineer.
Opening Will Be Late - Capt. Oliver, of the schooner Clara Youell, does not expect that navigation will fully open here before the end of next week, as there is still a blockade of ice outside. This, he says, must be the case, or else the sea would have been rolling down the harbor ere this. Last year, he had made two trips across the lake for coal at this date, the first on March 30th. Now, he will be lucky if he gets in one trip by May 1st.
p.5 Incidents of the Day - The new cylinders for the steamer Chicora have arrived from Toronto.