p.2 Marine News - Charles O'Toole left on Saturday for Chicago, where he will join the crew of the steamer Nye.
The following steamers of the Calvin fleet have been loaded with ice: Simla, India, Prince Rupert and Burmah. The work of loading the barge Ceylon was commenced this morning.
p.5 Pith of the News - The steamer City of Detroit passed Colchester, Ont., today, bound for Cleveland. The passage is entirely free from ice, and has been for the past week, so that this end of Lake Erie is now open to navigation.
THE RIDEAU STEAMERS
Officers For Rideau Queen and Rideau King.
The following appointments have been made by the Rideau Lakes Navigation company for their steamers for the coming season:
Str. Rideau Queen - Master, E. Fleming; purser, W.F. Noonan; first engineer, Thomas Simmons.
Str. Rideau King - Master, William Scott; mate, Thomas Lynch; first engineer, George Shannon.
As yet there has been no appointment of mate for the Rideau Queen, but Capt. John Flemming is spoken of in connection with it.
The purser of the Rideau King has also not been named.
The company's steamers are expected to run as last season, the Rideau King commencing on the opening of the season and the Queen commencing in June for the tourist traffic.
March 30, 1909
p.5 The steamer Carter left Alpena on Tuesday morning for Chatham with a load of ice.
BILLS OF LANDING
Toronto, March 30th - There appears to be a certainty of a deadlock in the grain shipping interests on the great lakes, unless the dominion government interferes and by legislation or regulation finds a way out of the difficulty. Yesterday the marine section of the Dominion Marine Association met to consider again the proposed new bill of lading, which they desire to have accepted by the owners of grain elevators and other shipping from the head of the lakes, as well as by those receiving the grain at Georgian Bay or other Ontario points and the seaboard. The new clause in the bill of lading provides that "the vessel shall not be responsible for shortage exceeding one-half bushel for one thousand bushels carried, the vessel to deliver all grain on board, collect freight upon actual outturn, and make no claim for any over-run."
Hitherto the vessel owners have had to accept, without question, the measurements as given to them from the elevators at the head of the lakes and to make good any difficulty when discharging cargo. Last year the shippers had to pay for an alleged deficiency of 50,000 bushels. The shipping companies have offered, in addition to the above clause, to accept the government's measurement at place of lading, carry the grain in closed hatches, and at the point of discharge to accept the government's measure again and make good any deficiency.
At yesterday's meeting C.W. Bond, of Montreal, representing the elevator owners and grain shippers, met the marine men and refused to accept the new bill of lading unless its operations were suspended this year till September 1st next, which means a large portion of the shipping season. The marine men refused the suggestion.
The grain men then offered to guarantee the outturn of grain at the discharge port, and to make good any deficiency in measurement for an additional charge of one-eighth of one cent but this offer Mr. Bond also refused.
The marine section then passed a resolution declaring that they would adhere to the new clause in their bill of lading, and this resolution was signed by the manager or authorized representative of all the grain carrying lines except two, neither of whom was at the meeting.
The Lake Carriers' Association of the United States at its meeting last January agreed to stand by this change in the bill of lading, so that unless some arrangements are made between the parties interested or the government interferes, it looks like serious trouble for the grain trades of the lakes this year.
A.A. Wright, chairman of the grain section of the Dominion Marine Association, presided, and Francis King, Kingston, counsel for the association, acted as legal adviser.
March 31, 1909
p.1 May Step Aside - Government's Action On Marine Report - stemming from Cassel enquiry - dismissals and suspensions.
p.5 Incidents of the Day - The first vessel of the season put into Toronto harbor on Wednesday morning. It was the schooner Maple Leaf from Whitby with a cargo of stone.
Four or five passengers made the trip from Cape Vincent today, and did not seem to mind it in the least. They came across in the ice boats. The crafts are rather awkward looking, but are quite comfortable. The steamer Pierrepont will likely make a start about Friday.
Personal Mention - Captain Henry Daryeau will go to Port Hope on Sunday, to fit out the schooner Kitchen.
Capt. Paul Clark died in Picton on Sunday, of heart trouble, aged 76 years. (gives details of surviving family members - second wife, 3 sons, five sisters and two brothers)