RELATING TO MARINE.
Comment On the Proposed Reciprocity.
Regarding the marine reciprocity between Canada and the United States doubt is felt among some of the leading Dominion marine officials as to the carrying out of the scheme without some restrictions. On account of the radical differences in the laws of the two countries regarding the passenger capacity of vessels, it may be that some special provision may be made, so that the vessels of each country may be amenable to the passenger regulation of the other. It is not difficult to see the unfairness of the thing were reciprocity pure and simple carried out. For instance, a Kingston boat, the same size as one from across the border, would, according to Canadian law, be allowed say 600 passengers, while the other one, by reciprocity arrangement could come over here with 700 or 800 allowed her by United States regulations. Would that be fair to the Canadian boat? The latter's carrying capacity of 600 would quite easily be satisfactory across the line. Reciprocity is easily possible and reasonable in every other way except in regard to passenger capacity. On that point, there would, in the general opinion, have to be some adjustment. An endeavor should be made to have more uniformity in Canadian and United States marine regulation.
On being asked what the chief differences between Canadian and United States inspection of boats was, Capt. Thomas Donnelly replied that the Canadian regulations laid stress on both hull and equipment, while the United States' inspection dealt more with equipment. In regard to the latter, the inspectors over the border are getting stricter as was evidenced a few days ago when a local boat was examined. Some things that he had let go in previous years, the inspector this time enforced, though they were of little importance.
Capt. Donnelly holds that the Canadian marine laws are the best in existence, as they provide for most careful inspection and safeguard the people to the greatest extent, far more so than does the United States system.
Booth's wharf: schooner Voges due from Oswego, with coal.
At Craig's wharf: steamers Lake Michigan up and Persia down tonight.
At Swift's wharf: steamers Picton down and Rideau King down tonight.
The steamers America and St. Lawrence will go into commission about May 23rd.
The steamer Cardinal is expected at the government dry dock tomorrow to have a new propellor shipped.
Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego; schooner Annandale due from Fairhaven with coal.
Employees of the locomotive works have commenced the long-needed repairs to Craig's wharf. New crib work and planking, also general repairs, will be done.
The steamer City of Montreal, formerly the China, of Buffalo, which has been purchased by the Merchants' line to replace the Ocean, is being equiped with a new engine and new boilers.