p.1 To Be Deepened - deputation in Ottawa told by Sir Wilfred Laurier that just as soon as funds were available the Welland would be deepened.
WILL HAVE TO RETURN
Engineer Fuller, of the marine department of the Dominion government who has been taking soundings in Kingston harbor for the past month, does not expect to complete the work at present. He thinks he will have to return early in the summer, and take more soundings in the lower end of the harbor. The shoal soundings are complete. In the lower end, Mr. Fuller has found rock in only one place, above a twenty foot depth. That's near the cotton mill shore, where there's a rock ledge. In all other parts in which soundings have so far been taken, there is a greater depth of water than twenty feet, even within 200 yards of the Barriefield shore. Mr. Fuller has found sounding operations very difficult below the bridge. The clay at the bottom is very sticky, and it is difficult to draw out the sounding pole oft-times.
Kingston harbor could be greatly improved, Mr. Fuller said, by a better system of buoying. The present buoys are of little use; in fact marine men do not use them at all, directing their vessels by landmarks. Gas buoys to mark the outer end of the shoal would prevent any chance of accidents to vessels. The range lights are far from being satisfactory, and gas buoys would be the proper substitute or addition.
p.5 The Trenton Route - adopted by government; report of engineers; reasons for decision.
March 1, 1907
March 2, 1907