The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1909

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p.1 Latest News - The steamer Rosedale, the last boat from Lake Superior, has arrived from Port Huron, Mich., and will discharge her cargo of grain at Port Edward (Sarnia) and then will lay up there.


Neglect To Remove Derelicts From The Lower Harbor.

Just as the city council was about to adjourn last evening Ald. Tweddell started a lively discussion over the removing of derelicts from the lower harbor. He moved, seconded by Ald. Rigney, that the city solicitor be instructed to take proceedings forthwith against the parties responsible for the nuisance caused by the derelicts north of Cataraqui bridge. Seven months ago Ald. Tweddell said the council ordered the harbor master to take steps to have the derelicts removed. The matter has been dilly-dallying ever since, and not one of the hulks had been removed.

Ald. Elliot said that the procedure had to be slow. The mayor and himself, representing the finance committee, had visited the locality, and the M.T. company had promised to remove three of their old barges. The harbor master had been instructed to have one removed as soon as it was known that the city was justified in touching it. He hoped that when the ice took there would be the beginning of an improvement down there.

This wasn't at all satisfactory to Ald. Tweddell, who couldn't agree that they should move as slowly as they had in the past seven months. It was just seven months since Alds. Chown and Elliot (Elliott ?) moved that the city solicitor take proceedings if the derelicts were not removed. The citizens demanded their removal. There were fourteen hulks in all, and some were underneath the water and decidedly dangerous to navigation. The piles should also be removed.

The Mayor said that the piles would be taken out very shortly.

Ald. Tweddell declared that this matter was not going to be juggled any longer. What right had the finance committee butting in at all? (Laughter and applause)

The Mayor stated that the finance committee had been acting all along under the advice of City Solicitor McIntyre. It had several times made interim reports to council.

Ald. Chown pointed out that the city was under quite a compliment to the M.T. Company for the use of its long wharf through which to carry the Queen street sewer extension. Hence it was not wise to quarrel with that company, which might easily take some of its work to Prescott if it was interfered with. Three of the old barges objected to were used as piers for tying vessels to during the winter. The company, however, had stated that it would remove the hulks, if the city really insisted upon it. Ald. Chown advised that the council move slowly.

Ald. Harty said there was no doubt but that companies like the Montreal Transportation and the locomotive works were certainly due some consideration in various matters, but he was sure, that if the locomotive works company had been asked by the city to remove derelicts for which it was responsible, it would do so with despatch. The citizens had some rights in this matter just as well as the company.

Alds. Graham and Hoag were agreeable to deferring action for a time.

Ald. Chown asked Ald. Tweddell to withdraw his resolution and bring the matter up before the council of 1910. "We all know he'll be back here again, athough he has a competitor in Cataraqui ward." said Ald. Chown amid laughter.

Ald. Tweddell then agreed to make his resolution a notice of motion to be brought up at the first council meeting of 1910.



The government dredge Sir Richard has entered the dry dock for repairs.

The sloop Laura D. made a trip from Wolfe Island with pressed hay.

A gang of men are employed at Crawford's dock making repairs to the steamer Keywest.

The steamers Haddington and Mapleton arrived at Thorold yesterday with grain from Fort William and will be laid up there for the winter.

The government boat Speedy has been laid up here for the winter. The members of the crew were paid off on Saturday and returned to their homes.




The leasing of the Government dry dock by a shipbuilding firm, composed largely of several of our enterprizing citizens, marks the era of a new industry in our midst, which will not only give employment to a large number, but attract numerous large vessels here, thus giving trade to our merchants.

A new company, known as the Forwarders, Limited, has recently purchased the Mooers' elevator, which has been silent for years. They have also acquired a fleet of steamers and barges, and will be ready for next season's grain trade.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1909