The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1905

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Apparent Effect of New Reciprocity Law.

Marine men are discussing the apparent results of the Canadian government's action in deciding to accept United States marine examination certificates for vessels trading to Canadian ports, thus reciprocating what the United States government has done in regard to Canadian boats. This piece of reciprocity, while beneficial in one way, will not be in another. It is well known that the United States marine laws are not up to the standard of Canada's, whose inspection system is far stricter. For instance, the United States' law allows a river steamer to carry passengers in proportion to the area of all her decks. The Canadian law concerning a river steamer allows passengers to be carried in proportion to the area resulting from multiplying the length of the vessel by the beam. There is an excursion steamer at Detroit which is allowed to carry 3,500 passengers by the United States by the United States inspectors, while the Canadian inspectors allow her to carry only 1,500 out of Canadian ports. Thus it will be seen that some trouble will result from the new reciprocity act.

Looking at the matter from a local standpoint, the United States' government has everything to gain by the reciprocity. For instance, the steamer America, a Canadian boat belonging to this port, is allowed by the local inspector to carry 600 passengers. The United States' inspectors allow her to carry about 700. The steamer St. Lawrence is of United States' registration, and although the Canadian inspector would allow her to carry perhaps 100 less than the United States' inspection, the latter will have to be accepted at this port. The case might arise in connection with a steamer from the other side which has passed United States' inspection and which the Canadian inspectors would not pass under any consideration as fit to be in commission. How will the reciprocity arrangement work out there? Must such a vessel be accepted here?

Movement of Vessels.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly has returned from Sarnia, where on Tuesday, he was a witness in the case of the schooner Vienna owners vs. the steamer City of Rome owners, for $5,000 damages caused by a collision on Lake Huron last autumn. The case was adjourned. Capt. Donnelly gave evidence on behalf of the plaintiffs.

The R. & O. steamer Cornwall was due up tonight.

The steamer Cuba is due up at Craig's wharf tonight.

The M.T. barges Acadia and Jennie were due today at Swift's wharf, with coal from Oswego.

Calvin's steambarge Ceylon will go into the government dry dock tomorrow for repairs.

Richardsons' elevator: tug Nellie Reid and barge Cherokee cleared for Montreal with grain.

The S.S. Westmount is expected at the M.T. company elevator tomorrow from Fort William.

The steamer Picton, formerly the Corsican, was at Swift's wharf on her first trip down last night.

The S.S. Fairmount, which ran aground last Friday after leaving Fort William, was expected to leave that port today for Kingston, wheat laden.

It is probable that next fall the steamer Wolfe Islander will be so altered that her complement of passengers may be increased by one hundred. The cost of additions would not be large.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Rosemount cleared for Charlotte to take the lake barges Minnedosa and Melrose, coal laden, in tow for Fort William; tug Emerson from Oswego with two coal laden barges; tug Thomson cleared down with three grain laden barges.

Several marine cases are now being tried in Canadian courts, although the plaintiffs and defendants belong to the United States and the accidents happened in the waters of that country. One reason for this is that United States marine men say they get justice in Canada and not in their own country. Again, the United States' courts are very much congested. In one case just ended, four years has elapsed before the judge has rendered his verdict.

Incidents of the Day - The city council will not likely allow the recommendation to pass asking salvage from the government for saving the steamer Scout. Business men cannot endorse the suggestion.

p.4 Has Got to Port - Southampton, Ont., May 4th - The fish tug R.H. Thompson, of this place, which had been fast in the ice a few miles off the harbor since April 27th, reached the harbor safely this morning.

A Canal Bank Opening - may be made in Morrisburg canal bank to supply water power for a factory; Francis King and Capt. Thomas Donnelly of Dominion Marine Association checking to see if it will interfere with navigation.

p.5 Frank E. Kirby, one of the foremost marine architects in America and consulting engineer of the American Shipbuilding company, has decided to retire next fall, and will move to New York.

The Montreal & Lake Superior Navigation company has ordered a 3,000 ton steamer of the Caledon Shipbuilding company, Dundee. She will be the biggest vessel in the Canadian trade.

p.8 The officials of the R. & O. company state that the steamer Hamilton has sustained no damage.

Had A Fine Record.

Detroit, May 4th - Captain George King, born sixty three years ago, at Chatham, Ont., and for forty-five years known all over the Upper Lakes and universally liked and respected, is dead here. Capt. King had a remarkable record, in that, during the forty-five years he sailed, much of the time large passenger steamers, he never had an accident of any kind and never lost a passenger.

Mrs. Williams' Death - home on Upper Clergy street, 70 years old, son John L. is second engineer on the steamer Grantham; late husband John was a Calvin company employee, and was killed several years ago while sailing on a Calvin barge on the upper lakes.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1905