The Salvage Question.
Ald. Meek asked about the demand of $1,500 salvage on the steamer Scout recommended in the fire committee report. Ald. Mallen claimed that the city was entitled to the salvage. If the boat had not been towed to the Kingston Foundry slip it would have sunk in forty feet of water and a loose boiler on the deck would have rolled into the lake. Ald. Meek said it was useless to make a demand for something the council could not probably sustain. Ald. Sears claimed that the claim be sustained. The case was under the ordinary salvage rules.
Ald. Carson wanted to know what the fire department was for, but to save property. Ald. Bell said the steamer was not city property. The firemen had gone down and worked at the fire at great danger. The portion of the boat saved was valued at $10,000, and therefore $1,500 was little enough for the city to ask.
Ald. Hoag asked if the city solicitor had been consulted and Ald. Mallen replied that he had advocated the matter being brought before the fire committee. Ald. King asked if the boat would not have been better off if it had sunk in forty feet of water. He pointed out that the city's fire department having saved considerable of the boat when it was in great danger, should be entitled to salvage just as well as a steamer that did a like thing on a river or lake.
Ald. Mowat wanted to know how much of the $1,500 was to go to the brave firemen? Did the city intend to put it down into its pocket if it received it? He had no objection to a claim being made for salvage, but he didn't like the construction of the clause regarding a demand being made. Ald. Rigney favored a reference of the matter to the city solicitor for a report as to the legal position of the city.
Ald. Mowat moved in amendment to report seconded by Ald. Rigney, that the clause be struck out and that the matter be referred to the city solicitor for an opinion as to the liability of the government to the city. The amendment was carried.
Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind, from Oswego, with coal.
At Swift's wharf: steamer Hamilton down yesterday afternoon.
The schooner Recruit, from Oswego, is unloading coal at Rathbun's.
Anglin's wharf: schooner Two Brothers, from Oswego, with coal.
At Craig's wharf: steamers Cuba and Alexandria down last night.
The schooner Macdonald is having a new centre board put in at Craig's.
The steambarge Jennie is at the M.T. Co's wharf with coal for Swift's.
The schooner Ripple took on a cargo for South Bay, at Craig's, this morning.
The schooner New Dominion, from Oswego, is unloading coal at Portsmouth, for J. Short.
The S.S. Fairmount is due at the M.T. company's elevator on Thursday, from Fort William, with wheat.
The schooner Acacia was expected to clear today for Charlotte to load coal for the locomotive works.
The steamers Rosedale and Myles are on their way from Fort William to Richardsons' elevator with wheat. They should be here by Saturday.
The steambarge Resolute, from Oswego, brought a coal-laden barge to Rathbun's Grove Inn wharf, and cleared herself, for Gananoque, with a coal cargo.
Capt. William Manson, Port Hope, captain of the steamer Argyle, is here to take charge of the steamer. She will make her first trip from Toronto about May 24th.
The Lake Ontario & Bay of Quinte Steamboat company's weekly steamship service from Charlotte to Bay of Quinte ports, will begin on May 27th. The daily service opens on June 24th and continues till August 27th.
Capt. Gillespie, of Cornwall, is here to get lifeboats built for the steamer White Star, which he bought at Toronto last fall after she was burned. He has had her rebuilt at Cornwall, and will place her on the Toronto-Oakville route where she ran before.
Capt. Samuel Fraser, of Manitoulin Island, is here on a visit. He is an old Kingstonian, having been born here. Capt. J.F. Fraser, dominion commissioner of lights, is his son.
p.3 Steamer's First Trip - Chaffey's Locks, May 8th - The steamer Rideau King made her first trip through here on the 2nd instant to Ottawa, with E. Fleming as captain, and Thomas Simmons, engineer.
Picton Marine Movements - Picton, May 8th - Captain William Hart has extensively repaired the schooner F.H. Burton, improvements including a new quarter deck and bow; the Burton will go on the "ways" Tuesday, and after a few repairs to her hull, will leave for Deseronto for a load of cedar posts. The steamer Peruvian is in port, with a cargo of brick for local builders. The sloop Madcap is unloading cord-wood at Lake and Killop's wharf. The steamer Aberdeen is on the "ways." The steamer Waterlily was launched Friday and left port Saturday.