Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Feb 1909
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To Be Adjusted By Dominion Marine Association.

Detroit, Feb. 11th - President Livingstone, of the Lake Carriers' Association, has named as its representatives to attend the meeting in Ottawa of the Dominion Marine Association, G.A. Tomlinson, Duluth; manager Smith of the Canada Atlantic line, Montreal and Harvey L. Brown, Buffalo. The Dominion Marine Association will open its annual meeting tomorrow morning. The matter which most concerns both organizations is the adjustment of grain shortage nuisance, which has been particularly annoying at the Canadian head of the lakes. The Canadian association is willing to adoptthe flax clause, which makes the vessel owner liable only for a shortage of half a bushel in every thousand bushels.

p.2 Sale of A Steamer - The wooden steamer Bermuda has been sold by Capt. James Davidson, Bay City, Mich., to H.A. Clark, of Brockville, who will use the boat in the trade between Chicago, Duluth and Montreal.



An Ottawa despatch says: Among the Kingstonians present at the Dominion Marine Association meeting were L.L. Henderson, Hiram Calvin, John Donnelly, H.W. Richardson, Capt. Noonan, E.E. Horsey. The association adopted the following that appeared regarding Kingston harbor in the report on the committee on aids to transportation:

"Range lights were asked for on the north shore at the range of this harbor, to take the place of the long distance range of Pigeon Island and Nine Mile lights, and to lead past the middle ground and Seven Acre shoals, with a second range perhaps on Point Henry to lead into the inner harbor and past the penitentiary shoal to intersect the present Barriefield range. The board has not yet refused this request but has apparently been advised that the improvement is not really a necessary one, one accident which occurred having taken place late in the year after the gas buoy on the middle ground had been removed. The removal of the Barriefield bridge across the Kingston inner harbor is suggested, or at least the renewal of the bridge with a large central span of modern construction. Your next committee is asked to give this question special consideration."


Ottawa, Feb. 11th - An outstanding feature of the annual meeting of the Dominion Marine Association, this morning, was the condemnation of power development on navigable rivers to the detriment of navigation interests, the River St. Lawrence being specially referred to. A committee was appointed to fight this question before the waterways commission and the dominion government.

The association also registered a protest against the admission of foreign vessels to the coast trade on inland Canadian waters. They will ask the government for an amendment to the act of last session, regarding duties on vessels for repairs, and that all vessels of any tonnage carrying passengers for hire shall be compelled to register and be subjected to all requirements of the shipping act. A further protest against the pilotage tax in Montreal will also be presented to the minister of marine.

The association adopted the new bill of lading which incorporates the following new clause, which provides the vessel carrying shall not be responsible for shortage exceeding one half bushel for one thousand bushels carried, the vessel to deliver all grain on board, collect freight upon actual out turn, and make no claim for any over-run."

A delegation from the Lake Carriers' Association of the United States consisting of G.A. Tomlinson, Duluth, and H.M. Smith, of the Canada Atlantic Transit company, Montreal, were received by the association this morning. The delegation co-operated with the association in the matter of the grain bill of lading, and in the interests of the new co-insurance scheme on the great lakes. A delegation from the Montreal Corn Exchange will be received this afternoon.

The officers for 1909 were elected as follows: C.J. Smith, Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co., Montreal, president; H.H. Gildersleeve, Northern Navigation Co., Collingwood, first vice-president; F. Plummer, Canadian Lake & Ocean Navigation Co., Toronto, second vice-president. Francis King, Kingston, was appointed general counsel for the association.

p.6 Deepening Welland Canal - Ottawa, Feb. 10th - During the discussion of the canal estimates, Hon. C.P. ? Graham stated that the plans for the deepening of the Welland canal had not been completed and until they were he would be unable to say what policy would be adopted with regard to the transportation question.

He admitted that something would have to be done, either to deepen the present highway or cut a new channel, build the Georgian Bay canal or do both.

Feb. 12, 1909


Feb. 13, 1909


Were Married In Kingston.

St. Catherines, Feb. 13th - Capt. Alex and Mrs. Muir, of Port Dalhousie, on Thursday celebrated the sixty-fourth anniversary of their wedding. They were married in Kingston in 1845 and settled in Port Dalhousie a few months later, where Capt. Muir for many years conducted a ship yard and dry dock. Although the venerable captain is in his ninetieth year and his wife but a few years his junior, they are in excellent health and spirits. Port Dalhousie, when they arrived there, consisted of fourteen houses and stumps still stood in the streets.

p.2 Purchased A Steamer - A syndicate of four Brockville gentlemen purchased the steamer Bermuda from Captain J. Davidson, of Bay City, Mich., and will run her in the grain, coal and pulp wood trade between Montreal, Quebec, Oswego and upper lake ports. Capt. Herbert Russell, of Waddington, formerly in command of the steamer Samuel Marshall, will be the new master of the Bermuda.

The Bermuda is a wooden vessel, 235 feet long, and was built in 1897. She is of full Welland canal size and can carry about 1,700 tons on a fourteen foot draft and about 2,400 when not required to pass through the canals. The Bermuda has made frequent trips on the St. Lawrence route.

The steamer is at present at Milwaukee and will continue to be run as an American boat though operated from Brockville.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Oliver Patenaude, formerly of the steamer Neepawah, will take charge of the steamer Bickerdike this season. He is one of the oldest and best known captains on the lake.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Feb 1909