p.1 Fine Ship Timbers - Detroit, Feb. 25th - A large number of the finest pieces of ship timbers ever sent out of Michigan are ready to be shipped from Monterey, this state, to England. They are of the best quality of rock elm, fifty to seventy feet in length, and twelve by fourteen to sixteen by eighteen inches square, and were hewn by an expert sent from Canada. The timbers are almost as smooth as if planed.
THAT HARBOR SHOAL
Whether the marine department will deem it necessary to remove the large shoal from Kingston harbor is a question, as the cost will be very large. It is roughly estimated that it would cost at least $150,000 to blast it out to a depth of twenty feet. The shoal is about 800 feet long. Although it would be well to have this shoal blown to Jericho, it cannot be said to be a menace to navigation. It is only in justice to Kingston harbor to say so. There is a good ship channel outside the shoal, and if the big steamers would follow the ranges, no trouble could possibly befall them. The channel is deep and wide, and any vessel that gets into trouble is to blame itself. However, if the marine department decides not to remove the shoal, it can do something for the harbor in the way of properly buoying it. Kingston harbor has never been properly buoyed. There is no reason why it should not be in view of the very complete soundings that have been taken. Gas buoys should be used so as to be of service at night. There has never been a gas buoy in this harbor.
Sewer Extensions - nuisance in the Queen street slip a problem; sewer brings tar from gas works and grease from pork house into slip, where it gets on vessels, preventing pleasure yachts from entering the slip to coal at Crawfords; a possible court case if this is not remedied.
p.5 Personal Mention - W. Hazlett, engineer on the new R. & O. steamer Rapid King, left yesterday for Toronto, to take charge of the work of fitting out the engines of the new steamer.
p.6 Looking For Ship Carpenters - Peterboro shipbuilders have sent here for some Kingston ship carpenters, offering three dollars a day. Ship carpenters are scarce everywhere. Kingston used to have scores of them, but nearly all of them have left for other places, principally across the border.