MARINE POINT AT ISSUE.
A marine question arose this morning over a decision by the government hull inspector, M.R. Davis. It came about through the interpretation of the following rule, recently added to the marine laws of Canada. The new rule says:
"A steam vessel when underway shall carry an additional white light similar in construction to the light mentioned in subdivision (a). These two lights shall be so placed in line with the keel that one shall be at least fifteen feet higher than the other, and in such a position with reference to each other that the lower light shall be forward of the upper one. The vertical distance between these lights shall be less than the horizontal distance."
The light referred to in subdivision (a) is one "so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of twenty points of the compass, so fixed as to throw the light ten points on each side of the vessel, viz. from right ahead to two points abaft the beam on either side, and of such a character as to be visible at a distance of at least five miles."
Inspector Davis ordered a local boat to have the light so enclosed as to be visible only ahead of the vessel, just as the port and starboard lights are enclosed and show only ahead. The boat owners held that the white light could be placed without being enclosed, and that the rule intended that it should be visible to vessels from all quarters. Inspector Davis held otherwise, and was upheld in his contention by a couple of prominent marine men.
Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.
The schooner Acacia is in Davis' dry dock today for repairs.
The steamer Persia called at Craig's wharf this morning on her first down trip.
The steamer Rideau King is due down from Ottawa this afternoon.
The steambarge Kildonan finished unloading at Swift's this afternoon.
Ice still has Buffalo harbor blocked. The ice field extends seven miles out into the lake.
The R. & O. boat from Montreal did not arrive last night, but was expected this afternoon.
The first raft of timber has already left Garden Island for Quebec. Another will go down next Saturday.
Capt. Joseph Saunders, of Cape Vincent, N.Y., has sold the steambarge Coaster to Capt. J. Stockwell, Leamington, Ont. The Coaster is now at Chaumont, where she has been in winter quarters.
M.T. company elevator: S.S. Rosemount, from Fort William, with 80,000 bushels of wheat; tug Thomson, from Oswego, called with two coal-laden barges and cleared for Montreal.
The steamer Calvin and consort Ceylon are at Garden Island with timber, from Toronto. They will clear up again tomorrow.
Capt. Wood, of the steamer Rosemount, on reaching Fort William, stated that vessels plying on the upper lakes this spring have been damaged by the ice to the extent of $1,000,000. Companies insuring vessels have notified all navigation companies that they will pay no claims where boats are damaged in ice floes. In consequence of the foregoing proclamation, captains of steamers docked at Fort William were instructed to exert every precaution when in the ice fields of the upper lakes.
p.4 The Vessel Had Trouble - Port Huron, Mich., May 3rd - The steamer Tadousac, which arrived on Sunday, with a cargo of Canadian wheat, has had much trouble in unloading. After reaching Port Edward it was found the draft of water was not sufficient to allow the vessel to get alongside the elevator and the Tadoussac, therefore, was ordered to go to Goderich to discharge. The same conditions were found at that point, and they came back here. Enough grain was taken out at the Grand Trunk elevator to allow the Tadousac to finish unloading at the original destination.
Picton Fast Becoming A Busy Marine Centre - Picton, May 2nd - The steamer Ella Ross made her initial trip Saturday from Deseronto. Monday she commenced her usual run to Trenton. Her officers include: Captain D.B. Christie; mate, John Potter; engineer, M.J. McFaul. Saturday morning the steamer Alexandria left for Charlotte, on her first trip of the season with about twenty-five passengers. She was the first steamer in Charlotte harbor this year. Monday she left for Montreal. The schooners Clara and W.G. Suffel are unloading coal. The schooner Madcap cleared for Deseronto today, having unloaded lumber. The steam barge Lloyd S. Porter and consort Reid are unloading coal at Belleville. David Sinclair, Kingston, will be engineer this season on the steamer Varuna.
p.5 Steamer Hamilton Ashore - The steamer Hamilton is ashore on Lake St. Francis, below Coteau, so a telephone message to the city announces. An M.T. company tug is working at her.