The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1908

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About The Demands Of The Seamen.

The Toronto Globe reports an interview with vessel owners, regarding the Seamen's Union dispute, as follows:

"These men are evidently coming here to adjust a trouble that does not exist," said a prominent vessel owner yesterday. "So far as I know, and I ought to, because I employ a large number of seamen, the Dominion Marine Association has no grievance with the seamen. It seems that there has been formed in Canada a so-called seamen's union, with a charter from Chicago. Last fall they applied to the Marine Association for recognition of their organization in the arrangement for working conditions for the season, but the association absolutely ignored the suggestion as it claimed it had no jurisdiction over its members, who arranged their contracts with their men individually. The result was that an official of the union applied to the marine department at Ottawa, and asked for the appointment of a conciliation board. Subsequently the Marine Association refused to take this matter into consideration or even consider the appointment of an arbitrator as representing the association on the ground that there was no justification for it."

Another official of the association in discussing the matter said: "When the jurisdiction of a vessel passes out of the hands of the captain, then it is time for us to move. By entering into agreements with this organization it simply means that the deck hands and seamen can dictate to the master of the vessel, there is no discipline, and eventually the owners and public suffer. It is of the greatest importance to secure as good men as possible for steamboats, and we don't propose to be dictated to in the matter of engaging these men. We are responsible for the people we carry on our boats, and therefore, it is absolutely necessary for each company to secure the best help available, union or non-union. Each steamboat company has its own schedule of wages and working arrangements with its men. As far as I am concerned, the matter is not bothering me. There are hundreds of men applying for work on these steamers, and there are many thousands more than will be needed who are anxious to secure employment at the different ports."

Several other members when seen stated that they were not worried about the matter, and didn't consider that the decision of the conference would have any effect on their arrangements for the season.


Marine Notes.

Capt. Henry Daryeau has left with his crew for Picton to fit out the schooner Jamieson. Capt. Daryeau sailed on the Lizzie Metzner.

The engineers on the tugs of the M.T. company have arrived to put the tugs in shape for the season's work.

The wheat left in the steamer Ames last fall is being unloaded at Richardsons' elevator today. It is expected that the vessel will make a trip to the upper lakes in a few days.

Capt. McIntyre, of the steamer Ames, arrived in the city today from Owen Sound.

The steamer Rosedale may clear tomorrow for Oswego to load coal for Toronto. If not tomorrow the vessel will leave as soon as possible. Capt. Baxter has arrived and is getting his crew together.

Engineer Brennan, of the government dredge Sir Richard, has arrived here from Kingsville, and the steward, Frederick Sparks, has also reported for duty.

p.5 Navigation Opened - The formal opening of navigation in the harbor took place on Monday morning, when the steamer Pierrepont, the old reliable of the Thousand Island and St. Lawrence River Steamship company, succeeded in breaking the ice over to Wolfe Island, and making the return trip with quite a number of passengers. Capts. Allen and Carnegie were in charge. The ice was quite thick in some places, but the Pierrepont did not experience much difficulty. She left the dock at 11:40 o'clock and by 1:30 o'clock had made the trip across. Quite a crowd of citizens gathered at the dock to see the ice breaker make her trip.

Last year the opening took place the latter part of March, when the steamers Pierrepont and Wolfe Islander both took a hand in the breaking of the ice. The Wolfe Islander went out from the island, and the Pierrepont started in to break the ice from this side.

A few came over from the island early this morning in ice boats. With continued mild weather a general breakup is expected in a day or so.

p.8 letter to editor regarding the coal and ore handler's dispute, signed by Walter Dine, President, Local Branch Canadian Association of Coal and Ore Handlers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1908