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

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Schooners Change Hands.

Cobourg, Sept. 3rd - From Newcastle comes news of changes in marine circles as follows: Donald McLeod has purchased the schooner Viking from Captain Mitchell, and with himself as mate, will run between north shore ports and Toronto with stone, gravel, etc., and Capt. Mitchell has purchased the Kate Eccles, Napanee, with trade confined mostly to the eastern part of the lake. The Eccles runs between Lake Ontario ports and carries coal, lumber, etc.



There promises to be a busy season of boat building here during the fall and winter. Two steamers of about 110 feet in length are likely to be constructed by the Davis Co., as well as a couple of steam barges for Rideau canal traffic. Then there will be a number of gasoline and steam yachts built for various parties by the same company. Last winter it was dull in the shipbuilding line here. The outlook for a busy season this year will cause much satisfaction.

Dock In Good Condition.

The Davis dry-dock is again in good working order, after two mishaps this past summer. The concrete repairs made to it promise to keep it secure. It has cost the Davis company nearly $3,000 to put the dock in shape after the misfortunes which befel it. The company would do more reconstruction at it if a long lease of the premises could be secured. The property in question is leased from the K. & P. railway company which holds a ninety-nine year government lease, and it will not release for a period of longer than five years at a time.

A Suggested Overhauling.

Local mariners are agitating for some change in the marine regulations regarding the issuing of certificates to captains, mates and engineers. Some time ago changes were made in the regulations. One instance might be cited: The new law requires a captain's certificate to be endorsed as to what kind of steamer it refers to. One local captain who has had thirty-five years' experience and a certificate that length of time has been unable to get his certificate endorsed without undergoing examination. His old certificate gives him the right of navigating a steamer on lake and river, but he is now not allowed to navigate a passenger steamer, even after all his experience. Other mariners with more pull have had their certificates endorsed without examination. This is a matter that the Dominion Marine Association might take up with the department of marine, and see why all old captains should not be treated alike. There are other unsatisfactory regulations which require to be overhauled. The new civil service commission, in fact, might do some overhauling of that department to the betterment of the steamboat service. Another complaint of marine men is the tedious delays they often have to suffer through the negligence of some persons at Ottawa in forwarding them registration certificates of ownership of their vessels. Ofttimes, inspectors cannot issue the certificate of inspection through the delay caused by old fogies at Ottawa, who should be shelved if they cannot do their duty.

No Longer Need Inspection.

The local marine inspectors have received notice from the department that hereafter no vessel of five tons and under will require inspection. This will release a large number of little gasoline boats carrying passengers, which all along have had to undergo inspection. These boats are also no longer required to have a certificated captain. The change in the law is evidently made to conform with the United States regulations. The two countries having different laws regarding their small boats made matters complicated, when there is reciprocity inspection. The Canadian law was the better one, as the people were protected. Now it will rest wholly with the people as to the risk they will take in travelling as passengers on gasoline launches of from thirty to forty feet long.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Advance called here last night on her way west.

The steambarge Hinckley was at the Kingston and Pembroke wharf today.

The steambarge Hinckley arrived light from Cape Vincent this morning.

The steamer St. Joseph, of Oswego, is expected to arrive at the government dry dock for repairs the end of this week.

Swift's: steamer North King down and up today; steamer Aletha from bay points; steamyacht Castanet up today.

The schooner Sir (sic) Oliver Mowat, undergoing repairs in Davis' dry dock, cleared yesterday for Sodus, to load coal for Bowmanville.


Barge Winnipeg Damaged.

St. Catharines, Sept. 3rd - Between five and six o'clock last night, as the barges Winnipeg and Ungava were entering Port Dalhousie, in tow of the tug Bartlett, the high wind drove the Winnipeg against the east pier, and several planks were stove in below the water-line, and she is leaking badly. She is now in Port Dalhousie harbor, and will probably have to be docked.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Sep 1908