p.5 Are Awaiting Spring - Local marine men are now getting somewhat anxious about spring, and the opening of navigation. They are anxious as it were to get their "sea-legs" on again. The long winter spell becomes very tiresome to the men who have no other employment during the winter months, and no person will welcome the opening up of navigation more than the mariners.
The members of the Lake Carriers' Union met in Kingston just recently, and the members are looking for another good season's work. Last season was a good one for the business, and some of the vessels made some quick trips. All the local vessels had a good summer, and none of them were in any serious mishaps.
Favors Exemption By-law.
Kingston, Feb. 24th - To the Editor:
Property owners of this city will soon be called upon to vote on a bylaw to exempt a new industry, to be known as the Kingston Shipbuilding company, from taxation for a period of ten years with the privilege of exemption for a further ten years, excepting for school tax which this company agrees to pay, and which will be like money found, to the city treasury.
It behooves every citizen interested in the welfare of Kingston to get down to business and carry the bylaw when the opportunity affords itself, and to try and induce another industry to locate here and thus put wheels in motion.
It is well known that for years the government dry dock has been a great convenience to boat owners, but when one considers the great amount of money invested in this so-called convenience and which really is not, (on account of the present limited facilities for doing repairs to large steamers); it appeals to us as though Kingston as a city is receiving a gift of the government dry dock with a large repair plant added, and also the school tax which along with the number of employees that will find employment in this place will do much towards building up Kingston and her industries. Remember that every new business added to a city counts a great deal in its assets.
At present the smaller crafts are accommodated at the Kingston Foundry and also a great many at the Davis dry-dock. We have during the past few years done a large business in our line of work, such as building and repairing boats, engines and machinery, and we are glad to see the new concern coming in as it no doubt help our business in the smaller line.
Our company, although apparently a very small concern, has an annual wage of from $15,000 to $20,000. Last year the wages amounted to nearly $22,000. So that the new concern are not blushing when they say $20,000 will be paid annually for wages. This class of work requires mechanics and men of ability and those are the class of citizens that Kingston is anxious to have. We think it only fair that other concerns doing business in the same line should receive the same consideration from the city.
As the Davis drydock company, Selby & Youlden and others have been here for a number of years and the granting of exemption to one and not to another would be rather unfair to old and reliable concerns, and although competition is the life of trade the council should treat all alike.
I am not knocking the new concern, but as many people have questioned our feelings, I only wish to inform the public that we are in favor of the new concern coming, and we are willing to vote for exemption.
On account of the great amount of money expended in Kingston, other than wages, bear in mind that every steamer or boat carries a crew which requires food and a great deal of this food must be purchased from our groceries while the boat is undergoing repairs. Thus instead of only $20,000 the city would be receiving an amount of about $50,000. Few people see this question in the proper light unless it is pointed out to them.
The city has already been offered many concerns but the old saying is "So Near and Yet So Far," and many concerns who might have located here have drifted to other cities where they have received better inducements.
Therefore let every property holder get out and work in favor of the by-law.
Yours truly, J.H. DAVIS.
Feb. 26, 1910
Davis Co. Building Launch.
R.H. Verity, of Toronto, is having a very handsome mahogany finished steam launch built by the Davis Dry Dock company, of this city. The boat is sixty feet long, eight and a half feet beam and about five feet deep. It is to be used on Muskoka lake, and will be ready for delivery by July 1st. This boat is equipped with a Davis safety water tube boiler, carrying 250 pounds pressure and a triple expansion engine with cylinders 54,? ? and 13 by eight inch stroke, turning a thirty inch propeller wheel, which will be capable of developing a speed of fourteen to fifteen miles an hour. The boat is equipped with an electric lighting outfit, acetylene searchlight, and all conveniences necessary to make the boat up to the highest standard. This is the second steam launch that the Davis company has built for Mr. Verity. It has over one hundred boats in Muskoka waters, all of which have been shipped there since 1891.
p.9 photo of side-launch of vessel at Collingwood.
Feb. 28, 1910