Perhaps I could give the information better if I gave a full description of the work. The first working is 18i miles east of Kingston, and will be the removal of the three shoals lying about 500 feet north of the 1 Punts Islands,' The first and largest shoal is about 170 x 100 feet in area on the 16-foot depth contour, with a minimum depth upon it of 5 feet. The second, a small shoal to the north-east, being a continuation of the above larger shoal, and which is about 30 x 40 feet on its 16-foot depth contour, with a minimum depth upon it of 12 feet. The third shoal is 500 feet west of the two above-mentioned, and is about 90 x 30 feet on its 16-foot depth contour, with a minimum depth upon it of about 10 feet. The total amount of material in these shoals will approximate 2,610 cubic yards measurement in place.
The next location for improvement lies i miles to the east and is a submerged point which forms a part of the north-west end of Camelot island. This point is approximately 100 x 40 feet, sloping at an abrupt angle from a depth of from 5 feet to the line of 16 feet deDth. The quantity in this point will approximate 200 cubic yards in place. Excavated material at this point may be wasted in the main channel near bv. A shoal 300 feet from the northwest end of Myers' island, which is 5J miles below Camelot island, will require to be removed. It is about 160 x 60 feet on its 16-foot depth contour, has a minimum depth on it of 9 feet and contains approximately 725 cubic yards in place.
One half mile helow the Myers shoal is Lyndoe island, the submerged point of the north-west end of which will require to be removed, and is that part between the shore line and the 16-foot depth contour. The slope of this point approaches mid-channel at a very abrupt angle. It will approximate 250 by 60 feet, with a minimum depth of that part nearest the shore of the island, of about 6 feet. The quantity to be removed will be about 2,005 cubic yards in place.
At Fiddler's elbow proper, about \ mile below the Lyndoe light, are five locations to be improved.
A part of the island known as Morris point will require to be removed to a depth of 16 feet low water. The part to be removed being that which lies on the channel side of the red line, part of which is above and part below the water surface. The material there will approximate 7,300 cubic yards in place.
To the south of Wood island there is a small island which will require to be removed. The quantity here will approximate 9,275 cubic yards in place.
To the north of Wood island are three submerged locations, all within a distance of one-half mile. These will require to be removed to the depth of 16 feet. These locations will approximate 3,300 cubic yards.
In mid-channel at the upper entrance to Brock's group of islands, and about 31 miles above the railway dock at Brockville, is the Hillcrest shoal.
This shoal will require to be removed to a depth of 16 feet at low water. It is approximtaely 300 by 130 feet, and contains about 3,500 cubic yards in place. We hope to obtain a depth of 16 feet at low water.
I am passing it every day, and there was practically nothing done except putting in a few shots and blowing the top off the island. None of the other work was proceeded *with, and I certainly think that the government, if it is the intention to deepen the channel, should let it to another contractor. This contractor fooled away all the summer, and did practically nothing.
Yes, the work proceeded very slowly, and a great deal of fault was found with the contractor. He was notified that unless arrangements were made for more speedily going on with the work, the contract would be cancelled. An arrangement was made, and after that, I believe the work went on more satisfactorily.