The Benefit of the Welland.
There is no doubt that the deepening of the Welland canal will benefit the United States ports on Lake Ontario. If the larger boats which now stop at Buffalo are able to continue through Lake Ontario to Kingston and Prescott some of them will call at Oswego, Ogdensburg and Charlotte for return freight. The Welland canal will always be of service to United States shippers because it is the only canal connecting Lake Erie and Ontario. There was a time when the United States owned the only canal between Lake Superior and Lake Huron and at that time Canadian vessels used to use it freely as United States vessels. Today there are certain portions of the Detroit river where the dredging and lighting are done by the United States government. Canadian vessels use this channel as freely as United States vessels. With these facts in mind it would be quite unfriendly of us to begrudge United States shippers the benefit which they will gain from the use of the new Welland canal. Indeed, if the Welland canal should benefit Oswego more than Kingston or Prescott it would be a sad commentary on the abilities of Canadian shippers and Canadian wheat exporters.
Taking Harbor Soundings.
F.A. McGiverin, of the public works department, Ottawa, is here taking soundings in the harbor. Two years ago soundings were taken by another engineer of the department when the question of taking out a shoal was under consideration, but the work was not completed. Evidently the government has some further harbor improvements in view. Mr. McGiverin has a number of local helpers with him.
Jan. 20, 1910
p.4 The steamer C.R. Crowe was put into Collingwood dry dock, on Thursday morning. She is to be cut in two and lengthened seventy-two feet.
The Project Abandoned.
The indications are that the endeavors to have the Wolfe Island canal dredged so as to be serviceable will be abandoned, even though Capt. Hinckley secured a petition of great size and influence. The difficulty in the way is the fact that the Gildersleeve estate holds claims against the canal to the extent of some $25,000. These claims are of long duration and are registered in the courts. The government, it is said, would not further any project for cleaning out the canal while it is virtually private property, and those interested do not feel like going to expense in pressing a matter that would undoubtedly be futile.
Kingstonian Elected - At the second annual meeting of the Great Lakes Protective Association, held at Detroit, H.S. Wilkinson, of Syracuse, and Francis King, of Kingston, were elected members of the executive committee, which was increased to eleven members.
Wolfe Island Council.
Wolfe Island, Jan. 10th - .....Moved, Greenwood-Flynn, and resolved that these steamboat accounts be paid: McKelvey & Birch, amount of account, $14.53; Jas. Crawford, 1 month captain $50; D. Simons, 1 month engineer, $66.66; Jas. Davis, 38 days mate, $50.66; R. Keel, 36 days deckhand, $24; John Crawford, 36 days deckhand, $24; Geo. Rattray, 16 days purser, $16; R. Berry, 31 days fireman, $36.16; Mrs. Davis, 36 days cook, $24; Harry Davis, 2 1/2 days extra deck hand, $3.75; C. Keegan, 18 days purser, $18; Jas. Crawford, 506 meals, $60.72; G. Keegan, 360 meals, $43.20; Mrs. L.W. Baker, amount of account, $1.85; Mrs. Rawley, washing, $2.65; John Friend and Son, amount of account 75 c.; R. Waldron, $33.88.......Moved, Gillespie-Furner, that the reeve be appointed manager of the Steamer Wolfe Islander and that he and George Furner be empowered to sign cheques on bank for monies deposited to the credit of the steamboat on all orders issued by the council.