I feel myself that transportation is the greatest problem that we have before us, and the greatest factor in Hon. Mr. SUTHERLAND (Oxford).
that problem is to make it possible for ships safely to carry our products after they have been put on board the vessel. I am not going to advertise any stock company in which I have any interest, but I desire to call the attention of the minister and of the committee to a new means that has been devised for protection of coastal waters. I had an opportunity the other day when in Boston, of examining a recently patented device, and I think that our deputy minister and our chief engineer also had the privilege of looking into this matter to some extent a year ago. However, it has been perfected very much since then. The United States government have felt so interested in it that they have placed at the disposal of the inventor one of their own vessels in order to test the matter in and around Boston harbour. It is not a Bell telephone, but it is a telephone from a bell. The system generally is that of submerging a bell which will be rung automatically. They have already tested this system 12 miles off the coast and succeeded in getting an absolute service from it. I think at the time when the deputy and our engineer were there, some portions did seem to be very cumbersome and difficult to handle, but since then the receiver, which was quite a large piece of machinery, has been reduced in size so that its disc is scarcely larger than an American dollar. It certainly seems to be admirably adapted not only for coastal service but perhaps for the waters of a river. I feel that we should have this matter looked into, as it is likely to be of the greatest possible benefit in warning vessels, either in entering or leaving our harbours. I hope that the minister will find it possible to make a thorough examination of this system 'which is now being worked out. I may say that on the day I came from Boston the United States navy had representatives there looking into the matter themselves.