The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Jan 1906

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The interest in the marine school was shown by about one hundred and forty men assembling last evening to hear Abraham Shaw, who lectured on the law governing the surveying of vessels and the foreign and coastwise regulations of the country.

Mr. Shaw expressed pleasure at being permitted to address a community, who during the past had received but slight attention. He was delighted that this school was started by the late minister of marine, Hon. Raymond Prefontaine, while he knew that Kingston's representative, Hon. William Harty, had much to do in connection with the formation of the school, and having Capt. Thomas Donnelly appointed as the lecturer, and there was none more capable for that work. Then during the past few years steamboat owners had canal tolls, tonnage and inspection fees taken off, showing a care for vessel men.

He then took up the mode of measuring a vessel, showing by drawings on blackboard, the sections into which every vessel was divided, taking the Minnedosa as the basis of his subject, and showing by formula the great mass of figures required in ascertaining the gross and register tonnage; also informing those present that every vessel in the British empire, from the small steamyachts of three tons to the massive freighter of the great lakes, after being measured, was then registered in London, England, and the certificates of British registry received their numbers from the one place - London, England, for the whole empire. He discussed the customs regulations in respect to entrance and clearance of vessels engaged in the foreign and coastwise trade of Canada, showing how necessary it was for officers of vessels to comply therewith, otherwise penalties would be inflicted.

During the evening many questions were asked of the speaker, who showed himself familiar with the subjects. He received the thanks of the marine men who expressed the desire to hear him again.

p.8 Tucker vs. Tecumseh - Ottawa, Jan. 9th - In the exchequer court, this morning, judgement was given in the case of the ship, Tucker vs. Tecumseh. This was an admiralty appeal from the judge of the admiralty, Toronto. The case arose out of a collision between the ship Tecumseh, and the steamer Lily, near the Bar Point lighthouse in the Detroit river, November 1903. The local judge found the master of the Tecumseh was alone to blame for the collision. Appeal dismissed with costs.

Detained By The Ice - The steamer New Island Wanderer did not arrive here from Cape Vincent until after three o'clock this afternoon, being kept back by the ice in the river. Her run up was decidedly slow. It was late this afternoon before she cleared on her return trip with about thirty passengers.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Jan 1906