TO TAKE THE DEPTHS
Of the Harbor Below the Cataraqui Bridge.
Alderman Gaskin, chairman of the board of works, took advantage of the presence in Kingston of Engineer Fuller, of the marine department, and went to Hon. Mr. Harty to suggest that he be secured, after taking the shoal soundings, to take the depths of the lower harbor, below the bridge. Mr. Harty telephoned the department at Ottawa, and as a result, Engineer Fuller has been instructed to make the additional soundings mentioned.
If Kingston is to be given satisfaction as a port, its harbor must be improved and enlarged. At present Cataraqui bridge is in the way. It cuts off a large portion of water that would form a splendid place for boats to navigate. If the lower portion of the city is ever to have industries, there must be a clear harbor. The idea of Alderman Gaskin is that some day Cataraqui bridge must be removed and placed across to the Pittsburgh shore from Belle Island. This, of course, would not be very convenient for the people or those connected with the Royal Military College.
Several years ago, the marine department prepared a chart showing the depths of the harbor from the asylum to the bridge. The object now is to continue this work, and get the depths of the whole harbor, a distance of four miles.
In 1895, the late City Engineer Bolger prepared a chart of the lower harbor marked in this way: No rock at depth of fourteen feet; no rock at depth of fifteen feet. The object of the soundings now to be made is to get the actual rock depth. If the whole lower harbor is of clay, as a section of it seems to be, dredging will be easy. A fourteen foot channel was deep enough some years ago, but with the increased size of vessels, a depth of twenty feet will soon be necessary.
p.2 Changed Their Quarters - the Masters' and Mates' Association moved to bigger quarters on Sydenham street, just north of Princess street.
p.8 Kingston Firm May Get It - Buffalo, Feb. 8th - Several bids have been received for the contract for floating the two big steamers which were blown ashore at the foot of Michigan street, during the recent gale. Donnelly & Co. of Kingston are the lowest bidders and probably will secure the contract.
Still Busy Repairing - The M.T. company have still a large staff at work making repairs to the boats and putting them in shape for the season's work. The repairs to the steamer Caspian, laid up at Crawford's slip, are progressing nicely. A large number of boats are being overhauled, and when navigation opens, some of them will present almost a new appearance. Kingstonians will be to the front with a fine lot of motor boats this summer. Several are now engaged in building boats, and it is stated that some of them will be speedy.