March 22, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE: (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)


1. The steamer Mikula while proceeding to Quebec on March 13, was overtaken in the narrow channel at Cap a la Roche by a heavy snow squall and grounded.
2. No investigation has been held but the engineer of the river St. Lawrence ship channel who was on board the vessel at the time has submitted a full report.
3. Captain John Hearn, appointed master C.G.S, Montcalm 25 March, 1919; on April 15, 1922, Capt. Hearn was appointed master to bring the Mikula out to Canada. Capt. Hearn took charge Mikula again 16 December, 1922.
4. No.
5. The ship is not in dry dock and as the extent of the damage is as yet unknown no estimate of the cost of repairs has been made.
6. A supply of coal for the vessel was available at Three Rivers.
7. The vessel was returning to Quebec not for the purpose of obtaining a supply of coal but to make an examination of difficulties that had arisen with the port propeller. Inasmuch as the vessel had to return to Quebec for this purpose it was deemed more advantageous to obtain the necessary coal requirements there, the price per ton being $8.50 as against a price of $9.50 per ton by the Dominion Coal Company at Three Rivers and a price of $12 per ton offered by J. H. Giroux. Investigation in the meantime reveals the port propeller as having two broken blades.

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