The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1909

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p.1 Aged Lake Captain Dead - Capt. Henry Webber, Sr., born in 1832, lived at Clayton for sixty years; sailed the great lakes, then a pilot on river for past 20 years; survived by wife, three daughters and two sons.



The steamer Aletha made her regular run from Picton today.

The steamer Bickerdike will clear tonight for Fort William on her first trip.

The schooner Cornelia will clear for Oswego tonight, to load coal for Swift's.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins has shipped a new jib boom and bowsprit, and will be ready for a trip in a few days.

The crane on the dredge Sir Richard is being put into shape for work. The dredge will commence operations in a few days.

The steamer Stranger made two trips to Gananoque yesterday. In order to meet the wishes of some of the Howe Islanders, the afternoon boat will leave Kingston at three o'clock instead of four.

p.5 News of the World - The ice blockade outside Buffalo's harbor was broken this morning when the steamer Weston started out and made easy work of bucking the ice.


Lake Carriers Ass'n To Make No Answer.

Detroit, April 16th - "I have no intention whatever of answering the letter of the Seamen's Union, asking for a conference," declared President William Livingston, of the Lake Carriers' Association, today.

"The letter was not written in good faith and its senders expected no answer. The sole object of the communication was to obtain publicity and stir up prejudice. Behind it there was an ulterior purpose which will develop later."

Mr. Livingston said the proof of his assertion was that the newspapers here received the letter within fifteen minutes of the time he did.

He continued:

"If an answer had been anticipated the letter would have been withheld long enough to give opportunity for the answer to be written and sent.

"The whole comment is a tissue of mis-statements about the Lake Carriers' Association. We don't claim that our masters are all saints, and we know that all of our men, and we know that all of our men are not angels.

"But every one of our masters is under strictest injunctions to observe the utmost fairness in dealing with the men under him.

"And if any man in our employ has a grievance our doors are open to him at any and all times, and our labor committee will investigate his supposed wrongs and redress them if real.

"We have refused to hold conferences with labor organizations because we have declared for the open shop. We do not ask nor care whether our men are union or non-union or Catholic or Protestant.

"The men on our lake boats are better paid, better housed and better treated than men in the same class of work anywhere else in the world. There is nothing new, today, in the lake labor situation. Our boats will begin running as soon as the ice will permit."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1909