The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1907

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p.2 Filed A Declaration - Undertaking on appeal in the case of Philip I. Nash against the Thousand Island Steamboat company has been filed by the plaintiff's attorneys, Kellogg & Reeves. Justice Rogers, in March, directed the jury to find for the plaintiff in the sum of six cents. The plaintiff sought to recover damages alleged to have been sustained to their news and confectionary business on the defendant's boats because the steamer New York was not in commission.


Swift's: steamer Hamilton up last night; steamer Belleville down today.

The steamyacht George H., yesterday, towed the steamyacht G.W. Franklin from Anglin's Bay to the Kingston foundry.

The steamer Salaberry, of Montreal, was in the harbor overnight, on her way to Belleville. It is understood that she will be used at Belleville for excursion traffic.

Richardsons': The steamer Rosedale has arrived from Fort William, with 82,390 bushels of wheat, having unloaded 8,000 bushels at the elevator at Point Edward; the tug Nellie Reid arrived from Montreal, with two light barges, and cleared for Montreal with barges Siren and Josephine, loaded with grain.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Westmount arrived from Fort William with 88,000 bushels of wheat, and cleared for Prescott; the steamer John Lambert arrived from Duluth, with 76,000 bushels of wheat, and cleared for Prescott; the tug D.G. Thomson arrived from Montreal, with three light barges, and cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; the steamer Brittannic cleared for Chicago.


In Regard To Kingston's Harbor.

Hon. William Harty, M.P., has received from the minister of public works, the report of J.G. Sing, government engineer, regarding his examination of Kingston harbor with reference to the removal of the Gunn shoal. Engineer Sing reports as follows to Eugene D. Lafleur, chief engineer of the department:

"I have had the necessary survey made and soundings taken over the Gunn shoal, and report as follows with plan and estimate. I have reduced the soundings to mean water level of February 1907, which is seventeen feet above the sill of the dry dock; hence it may be said that these soundings show actual depths. Low water level, or the zero of guage of government dry dock is 15.5 feet above the sill of the dry dock gate. The water has rarely fallen below 16.0 feet in the past several years; the levels ordinarily and even in strong stormy weather, are between 16.5 feet and 18.0 feet. The least soundings on the shoal show a depth of 11.8 feet. The area tinted pink on the accompanying plan of survey shows Gunn shoal to depths of 17.5 feet and less.

"My estimate of rock to be removed from Gunn's shoal to give a clear depth of 17.5 feet - ie., 16 feet at low water, is 61,000 cubic yards in place. The area to be worked over is about 460,000 square feet (about 10 1/2 acres), and the average cut, approximately 3 feet. As the position is much exposed, and so much of the cutting very shallow, the cost will be greater than usual, probably $3.75 per cubic yard on place, or a total of $228,750 for the whole work.

"The accompanying plan shows, tinted brown the other areas in the harbor of depths less than 17.5 feet, and areas of over 17.5 feet are untinted on plans. From this it appears that Kngston harbor has a wide entrance and channel along the line of the ranges, and that for vessels plying at present on Lake Ontario of deepest draught, viz. sixteen feet, there is abundance of room anywhere from the government dry dock to the Montreal Transportation company's wharves.

"The width of channel between Gunn's shoal and the outer line of wharves is, at its southerly end and Martello tower, its narrowest portion, for, over 600 feet, and opposite the Martello tower, its narrowest portion, 450 feet, so it can hardly be said that the harbor entrance is obstructed from the Gunn shoal.

"Vessels have grounded on the Gunn shoal from time to time. This may be attributed partly to faulty navigation, and partly to the way in which the channel is buoyed. There is no doubt a great improvement is advisable in the buoying of the channel. Instead of a number of red spar buoys scattered around the shoal, it would be infinitely better that two gas buoys be placed, one at the south-westerly corner opposite Mooer's elevator, and one on the north-westerly corner of the shoal opposite Swift's dock, in a line parallel to the line of range lights. Also there is much dissatisfaction among navigating officers as to the visibility of the present range discs on Barriefield Common. It is claimed that the view of these discs is greatly obstructed by intervening trees, etc., and that they are not painted brilliantly.

"There is a channel just northerly of Gunn's shoal, which is used constantly by local mariners entering from the St. Lawrence river, and vice versa. A gas buoy placed on the north-westerly corner of the Gunn shoal, above mentioned, would no doubt, indicate this channel sufficiently, as it ought, probably not to be recommended strangers as it is narrow and by its use not more than half a mile distance is saved, as compared with the main route out on the ranges and around Gunn shoal.

"The dredging proposition was discussed in a meeting at the Kingston Board of Trade rooms by the marine committe of the board of trade, members of the city council, and others, also with a number of boat captains, and no one among them would say that improved buoying of the channel would not be perfectly satisfactory for navigation interests.

"It is the general opinion that Kingston's lake trade will increase enormously in the event of the deepening and enlarging of the Welland canal, but in the meantime very little increase is in sight."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1907