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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Dec 1909

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p.2 Day's Episodes - The steamer Prince Rupert, which unloaded grain at Richardsons' elevator, will be laid up for the winter at Garden Island.


Question of Difference in Steamboat Salaries.

Wolfe Island, Dec. 23rd - To the Editor:

Allow me space in your valuable paper for a few lines in regard to a question that has been raised by a number of the ratepayers of the township of Wolfe Island, and that is with reference to the salary received by the engineer and captain of the steamer Wolfe Islander. I, like the others interested in this matter, fail to understand why there is a difference of $16.66 a month in favor of the engineer. Is this engine of some complicated type requiring an expert to operate it, thereby giving him the honor of drawing more pay than ? the captain, who has charge of the entire boat, the work of the crew, the safe and careful carriage of the different freight, and, most important, the responsibility of the thousands of passengers that come under his care during the season of navigation. An engineer has a special duty to perform and that only, and he is not confronted with the 101 different questions that have to be considered by the captain.

I consider this important matter should be laid before the new council of 1910, and given due consideration. Aside from the current value of the difference in salaries, the wage the captain receives should correspond with the position he holds, and as he is at the head of the list, he should be paid accordingly, and in that case he should be given the difference, and placed on equal terms with the engineer or given the increase that his situation demands.

I am not speaking entirely in behalf of our present competent commander of the steamer Wolfe Islander, although his good service would fully warrant my doing so, but in behalf of his successors, should they be sooner or later, I trust no offence has been apparent in my suggestion. RATE PAYER.

Dec. 25, 1909

not published

Dec. 27, 1909

p.1 Latest News - The tug James B. Reid, Sarnia, passed Detroit on Sunday night on the way from Port Burwell with the lighter Manistique, which will work on the steamer Steinbrenner, sunk in St. Mary's river.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - A severe snowstorm in the vicinity of Cape Vincent prevented the steamer Wanderer from making the regular trip over to the Cape Christmas afternoon.

Dec. 28, 1909

p.1 Latest News - The machinery of the car ferry Ashtabula, which was aground at Port Burwell for over a week, having been overhauled, the vessel left for Cleveland under her own steam.

Dec. 29, 1909

p.1 Latest News - The car ferry Ashtabula, ashore at Port Burwell for ten days, arrived at Cleveland Tuesday afternoon, but had trouble getting in on account of the heavy ice. She was stuck at the entrance to the harbor for about six hours.

Dec. 30, 1909

p.2 Day's Episodes - The steamer Prince Rupert was towed over to Garden Island yesterday afternoon by the tug Frontenac, where she will be laid up for the winter.

p.5 Looking For Steam Barges - A well-known captain from the west was in the city yesterday, looking over a number of steam-barges with the intention of purchasing them. He was shown around the harbor but as yet has made no purchase.

Dec. 31, 1909

p.1 Seeking New Locks - Detroit, Dec. 31st - want a new fourth lock at the American Soo.


Ice In The Harbor.

There was considerable ice in the harbor this morning, and marine men stated that another day of the cold weather would tie up all the boats. The Wolfe Islander was running early in the morning, but it was not known whether she would be able to keep up the trips. There is a great deal of ice in the channels, and the steamer Wanderer, coming from Cape Vincent last night, had a very difficult time. It was 7:30 o'clock when the vessel arrived in port, and the captain reported that there was a great deal of ice. Arrangements had been made for the Wanderer to take the members of the theatrical company, "Going Some," over to the Cape this morning, at seven o'clock, but the route was so blocked that the trip had to be cancelled. The company left at midnight, via the G.T.R. for Prescott and will cross the border there.

p.6 Cape Route Tied Up Friday - Wolfe Islander still running.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Dec 1909