p.2 Portsmouth Council - A meeting of the Portsmouth council was held last evening. Members present: councillors Baiden, Simmonds and Kennedy. In the absence of the reeve councillor Kennedy was moved into the chair...A recommendation was passed by the council requesting the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding company to remove all their sunken hulls from the Portsmouth harbor. The company was given until June 1st to complete the work.
Captain Appointed - Capt. John Vanalstine, of Picton, has been engaged by Mr. Plunkett, Cobourg, as master of his steambarge for the coming season. Mr. McEwen, Kingston, has been engaged as first engineer.
Hepburn Bros. have made the following appointments of captains for their boats this season: Aberdeen, Minard Hicks; Porter, Mike Heffernan; Water Lily, William Dulmage; Niagara, William Skillen; Alexandria, E.B. Smith; pilot, Joseph Rienfret.
Personal Mention - Capt. D.J. Pritchard left today for Newboro, to fit out the steam-tug Edmond, which he will command this season, as he has for the past fifteen years. George Paul, Newboro, is to be engineer again. He has been on the tug for twelve years.
Messrs. Swift & Co., on the subject of increased wharf accommodation have this to say:
"We expect an increase of business and are putting ourselves in position to handle it as early as possible. A new waiting room, that compares favorably, and in most cases surpasses, any along the line, has been erected; also increased freight facilities. The island ferry wharf is to be extended, and the present large wharf widened. It is our intention, believing firmly that development is sure, to keep alive to the conditions."
Regarding the laying up of steamers for repairs, steamboat companies concentrate all their all their steamers at places where their repair shops are erected, and thus reducing the cost. Kingston steamboat companies will lay their boats up in Kingston, but the possibility for getting outsiders to lay up here are not very good, owing to the above conditions."
p.5 Wolfe Island, March 5th - Moved, Russell-Flynn, and resolved, that a by-law be passed rescinding that part of by-law appointing James Davis mate, as the mate is to be hired by the captain and subject to him.
Moved, Flynn-Russell, and resolved that the following steamboat accounts be paid: Capt. Winburne, four and one half days, captain $9.16; James Davis, six days mate, $8; W. Cummings, 6 days cook, $4; Otto Hepner, six days deckhand, $6; G. Keegan, 4 days purser, $4; D.J. Leslie, one month engineer, $66.66; R. Berry, twenty-four days fireman, $28; C.E. Cummins, six days cutting ice and bushing; McKelvey & Birch, $1.77.
Moved, Flynn-Horne, and resolved, that Gregory Keegan's offer to supply provisions for the board of crew of steamer Wolfe Islander at 12 cents per meal be accepted, the township to pay the cook's wages. Moved, Horne-Flynn, that Edward Briceland, reeve, be appointed manager and to take charge of the books of the steamer Wolfe Islander for the season 1906, at a salary of $100 per annum. Moved in amendment, Russell-Spoor, that the appointment of a manager be laid over to the next meeting. Motion carried by vote of the reeve.
p.7 South Bay, March 12th - .....Youngest son of Dorland Dulmage, lighthouse keeper on False Ducks, had misfortune to break his arm.....James McIntosh has accepted the position as mate on the schooner Bertie Kalkins, with Capt. Shaw. William Turnbull expects to occupy the same position his same position as mate on the Keewatin, of Toronto.
p.8 Died In Bermuda - George Richardson, the elder son of the late James Richardson, who conducted a grain elevator trade here for years, and was succeeded by his two sons, George and Henry, who have expanded the business to three times its former extent. (much detail)