The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Apr 1908

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In Connection With The Seamen's Dispute.

Prof. Shortt, chairman of the Board of Arbitration appointed to try and effect a settlement of the dispute between the Seamen's Union and the Dominion Marine Association, and James Stewart, representing the latter, yesterday afternoon interviewed the local manager of the Montreal Transportation company and H.W. Richardson, in regard to the questions in dispute, being desirous of gaining as much information as possible from the vessel owners, and finding out what they were in favor of doing in the way of concessions to the sailors. This morning the same two arbitrators had an interview with H.A. Calvin, of the Calvin company, and also with James Cuttle, Montreal, general manager of the M.T. company. At noon they left for Toronto to see other vessel owners. Thence they proceed to Hamilton for further consultation with the members of the Dominion Marine Association. If they deem it necessary, they will go as far west as Owen Sound but that will likely be unnecessary. Prof. Shortt and Mr. Stewart expect to be able to open the arbitration proceedings in the Board of Trade rooms next Tuesday afternoon. The proceedings will be public.

Seeking A Transfer - The judge of the exchequer court in Ottawa heard a motion by way of appeal, from the judgement of the local judge of the Toronto admiralty district, in the case of the Montreal Transportation company vs. the Ship Norwalk, refusing to transfer the case to the Quebec admiralty district for trial at Montreal. Motion enlarged to permit further affidavits being filed. In this case one of the appellants barges was run into on Lake St. Louis and sunk by the steamer Norwalk of Detroit. The steamer did not stand by after the accident, but continued on her course. She was arrested the following day in the Welland canal under a warrant issued by Judge Hodgins, of the Toronto admiralty district.

p.3 Damage At Wellington - 2 piers of the grain storehouses have been completely wrecked, and a mile of shoreline washed away; water two feet higher than it has been for years.

p.5 Will Be Patrol Boat - Amherstburg, April 3rd - Capt. Frederick Trotter has purchased the tug Owen from the Reid Wrecking company of Sarnia, and it is understood that the tug will be used as the patrol boat at the Limekiln crossing, this season, flying the "Blue Peter" of the Canadian government. The Owen was built at Detroit in 1861 and is 61 feet long and 16 feet beam.

p.7 Cannon Balls Found - In Marsh Between Oshawa and Whitby - a keg of gold missing from British vessel in 1813 - fired on by American boat. [Oshawa Reformer]

p.8 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Barker, of the steamer Rosedale, arrived in the city from Owen Sound.

Navigation will likely open here on Monday. The steamer Rosedale, of the M.T. Co., will make an effort to get out, and the tug Emerson will clear for Charlotte with two coal barges. The Wolfe Islander and Pierrepont will also try to get through the ice on Monday. In some places the ice is nearly a foot thick and in others only two or three inches.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Apr 1908