The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jul 1906

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p.2 Capt. Visgar has come down; he has met the rate of the White Squadron on the island ramble, and now passengers enjoy the outing at twenty-five cents. A warm fight is predicted.


Craig's wharf: propellor Persia down this morning.

The steamer Parthia of Garden Island is rafting at Belleville.

Crawford's wharf: schooners Bertie Calkins and Lizzie Metzner cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Calvin and consort Ceylon arrived at Garden Island, today, from Buffalo, en route to Three Rivers to load pulpwood.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes finished unloading at Booth's, today, and proceeded to Richardsons' to load feldspar.

Swift's: steamer Resolute from Erie with coal; steamer Iroquois to Alexandria Bay to Lewiston; steamer Picton from Hamilton; steamers North King and Kingston down and up.

M.T. company: steamer Keefe, with 79,800 bushels flax, from Fort William; steamer Hamilton from Fort William, with 80,000 bushels oats; steamer Westmount cleared for Prescott; tug Mary P. Hall and three grain barges cleared for Montreal.

Customs landing waiters at river ports have been warned during the past few days to exercise more care in regard to allowing United States steamers and steamyachts to carry passengers to and from their ports of duty, without being inspected, and to see that gasoline launches are properly equipped at night with lights. Customs men must carry out their duties better than in the past or run the risk of being released.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Thomas Donnelly returned this afternoon from Montreal, where he was acting on an investigation regarding the recent accident to the steamer Wahcondah.


An instance of the unsatisfactory conditions of the reciprocal marine inspection arrangement between Canada and the United States was shown this morning when the owner of a gasoline launch, which brought passengers from Clayton to Kingston, applied for a Canadian certificate of inspection. It was impossible to grant this, and for the following reasons:

By the reciprocal inspection arrangement, Canadian inspectors issue a Canadian certificate on the presentation of a United States certificate. In Canada all steam and gasoline vessels of over three tons are inspected. In the United States only vessels of only over fifteen tons require to be inspected. Hence the launch in question, being under fifteen tons, did not require United States inspection, and, therefore, had no certificate from the other side. Not having a certificate to present to the Canadian local inspectors, the latter could not issue a Canadian permit. The reciprocity arrangements, therefore, will be very unsatisfactory for United States vessels of under fifteen tons until that country changes its marine law and makes it to correspond to Canada's, granting inspection to all vessels over three tons.

The owner of the Clayton launch wished inspection, but according to the international agreement, the local inspectors could not act. The reciprocal arrangement is very clear, and they have to follow it. The launch was given a clearance, but is not allowed to carry passengers between United States and Canadian ports. It can do so only between ports on the other side. On the other hand Canadian launches of over three tons, having a Canadian certificate of inspection, can trade at United States ports.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jul 1906