The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1905

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Reciprocal Inspection Is Not a Success.

"The reciprocal steamboat arrangement between Canada and the United States," says a local marine man, "has not turned out very satisfactory in practice. Until the governing steamboat boards of both countries get together and frame rules and regulations that are more alike, there will continue to be dissatisfaction. Why should the rules of these two adjoining countries be different? On the whole, the Canadian laws are stricter, but there is one thing in which the United States takes the lead, and that is in insisting upon regular fire and life-boat drill on all passenger steamers. The Canadian rules contain a like fire and life-boat drill rule, but on the other side more stress has lately been laid upon it. As regards passenger capacity, Canada leads. She allows from one-fifth to one-seventh less passengers to a steamboat than does the United States, which would do well to change the system of deciding passenger capacity. The Whig, I notice, has already pointed out the unfairness of the reciprocal arrangement to Canadian boats which are allowed less passengers, the Canadian certificate number simply being accepted by the United States, whose own steamboat capacity is also accepted here. Then the reciprocity arrangement as it now stands leaves room for much dispute, as the inspectors of each country are liable to disagree. I cannot see any advantage in having reciprocity in steamboat inspection. The old method was better and should be returned to."

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Caspian was in the canal last night when the heavy fog fell, thus delaying her. On arriving in Kingston, the steamer took an excursion down the river at 2 p.m.

The steamer America arrived at noon with an excursion from the Thousand Island resorts. The steamers Idler, Castanet and Wherenow also brought up a large number of people.

Marine Notes.

The sloop Granger is loading brick for Amherst Island.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Annandale cleared for Fairhaven.

Richardsons' wharf: schooner Luff cleared for Charlotte with feldspar.

Craig's wharf: steamers Alexandria and Waterlily up; propeller Persia up tonight.

The R. & O. company is known to be doing a record-breaking summer traffic, and the same is true of the boats of the Niagara Navigation company.

The dredge Nipissing has finished work in the slips in the eastern part of the harbor, and now goes to Wolfe Island to do some dredging around the channel and wharf.

The Chicago and St. Lawrence boats are clearing from $2,000 to $3,000 a one-way trip, and the company is said to be making more money than they did when they paid twenty-six per cent.

Swift's wharf: steamers Hamilton up last night; Belleville up tonight; Toronto down and up; Caspian from Charlotte; Rideau Queen from Ottawa; Rideau King for Ottawa; steambarge Navajo from Montreal up.

That Sea Serpent - Story of Its Creation & Appearance - seen in Navy Bay a few years ago; was built to scare off young boys swimming there.

p.3 Down the Rideau - trip to Jones Falls on steamer Rideau Queen, Capt. Noonan, described (two columns).

p.4 First Race Today - For Canada's Cup - being held at Rochester today; Iroquois vs Temeraire.

p.5 Will Be Read Here - The award of Commander Spain, R.N. wreck commissioner of Canada, and Capt. Thomas Donnelly, assessor, concerning the steamer Argyle accident, will be read in marine court here next week. The nature of the report is not known. It is at present in the hands of the minister of marine.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Argyle left the government dry dock for Toronto at two o'clock this morning. On the way up she called at Oshawa to get the remainder of her outfit which was left there.


Steamer Granted Canadian Certificate.

The steamer New York, refused a Canadian certificate by Inspector Davis, was thoroughly inspected, yesterday and today, by Chief Inspector Adams, of Ottawa, and Inspector Ducloc, Quebec, and found to be in good and excellent condition and to comply with the regulations and requirements of the Canadian government. This steamer is an American bottom, and was recently thoroughly inspected by Supervisor Inspector Stone, Cleveland, Ohio, and Messrs. Chestnut and Moulther, Oswego, N.Y., and was granted her American certificate having been found in good condition and complying with all regulations.

In order to give this steamer a most rigid examination the American inspectors requested that she should be placed in the government dry dock of Kingston, so that she could be gone over thoroughly. The result of this examination is summed up in the following letter from the supervisor inspector:

Cleveland, O., July 18th, 1905.

Howard S. Folger, General Manager, Thousand Island Steamboat Company.

My Dear Sir, - I am in receipt of your letter of the 15th, relative to the condition in which I found the steamer New York, upon my examination of the steamer on the 14th inst., while she was in the dry dock at Kingston, Ont.

In reply will say that the foreman in charge of construction at the dock, furnished two carpenters to do what cutting and boring I might desire, spending between three and four hours under my direction, which resulted in finding the steamer in such condition as would warrant me in saying, that in my opinion, the steamer is as capable of carrying the number of passengers assigned her safely over her route on the St. Lawrence river, as at any time in her existence, she, from time to time, having received such repairs as her condition seemed to demand to render her safe as a river steamer. I suggested some slight repairs which were more in the interest of appearance than of actual necessity for safety the carrying out of which I believe will promote the interest of the steamer.

Respectfully yours,


Supervising Inspector, Ninth District.

On receiving the American certificate the owners made application to Mr. Davis, the local Canadian hull inspector, for the Canadian certificate. Mr. Davis refused to grant the same, demanding that certain alterations and repairs should be made, which would involve large expense and great length of time to accomplish. This demand the owners refused to comply with on the grounds that the steamer was in excellent condition, and the repairs requested were not necessary. Howard S. Folger went to Ottawa, and appealed to the department of marine, claiming that Mr. Davis' action was due to incompetence or instigated by personal motives and prejudice.

The department immediately appointed Chief Inspector Adams of Ottawa and Inspector Ducloc of Quebec, to make a thorough examination of the steamer, which was done, the result being she was declared to be in excellent and satisfactory condition. The Canadian department of marine has thus over-ruled Mr. Davis' decision, and sustained Mr. Folger, thus endorsing both the owners and American inspectors. The owners of the steamer are greatly incensed over Mr. Davis' action.

Chief Underwriters' Inspector - R. Parry-Jones, of Cleveland, chief underwriters' inspector for America, arrived in the city this afternoon, and had a conference with Capt. Thomas Donnelly, concerning some marine matters.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1905