711.42157 Detroit/58

The Minister in Canada (Robbins) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 337

Sir: I have the honor to refer to Mr. Boal’s despatches No. 1297 of March 23, 1933, and No. 57 of June 12, 1933, transmitting copies of two notes from the Canadian Department of External Affairs relative to the dredging operations now being carried out in the St. Clair River.

In this connection I am enclosing copy of a further note (No. 4 of January 10, 1934,) which I received this morning from the Canadian Department of External Affairs. The latter’s notes No. 27 and No. 68, referred to by Dr. Skelton, were enclosed with Mr. Boal’s despatches mentioned above.

Respectfully yours,

Warren D. Robbins
[Enclosure]

The Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs (Bennett) to the American Minister (Robbins)

No. 4

Sir: I have the honour to refer to my note No. 27, dated the 21st March, 1933, and also to my note No. 68, dated the 10th June, 1933, both concerning the operations which the War Department was proposing to conduct in Canadian waters in connection with the dredging of certain shoal areas in the St. Clair River.

In the first note, to which reference has been made, the necessary permission was granted to carry out the proposed work, and there was included a condition that the United States Engineers, having decided upon the extent of the proposed improvement should, before proceeding with the dredging and disposal of spoil material, submit the result of their further studies to the engineers of the Department of Public Works, and secure the concurrence of the Canadian Government engineers therein.

In the second note, to which reference has been made, the concurrence of the Canadian Government engineers to the submission made by the United States Government engineers in respect to the improvement of that section of the St. Clair River Channel, from the head of the St. Clair Flats Canal, up-stream as far as Algonac, Michigan (about opposite the head of Walpole Island in Ontario) was brought to your attention.

I understand that, pursuant to the conditions in the first note to which reference has been made, the United States Government engineers have [Page 98]submitted to District Engineer Harcourt of the Canadian Department of Public Works, under date of November 22nd, 1933, nine plans covering the section from Algonac, Michigan to the foot of Lake Huron, and have indicated thereon the improvement they propose to effect in that portion of the river from Algonac north as far as the station marked “Birch”, which is just down-stream of Marysville, Michigan, and have outlined the method to be followed in carrying out the said works. These submissions have been examined by the Canadian Government engineers, and I have been authorized by the Department of Public Works to request you to notify the United States authorities that the work may be proceeded with in accordance with the scheme submitted, in so far as the section of the river improvement under this portion of their proposal is concerned, and in accordance with the conditions in the first note referred to above.57

Accept [etc.]

O. D. Skelton

For Secretary of State for External Affairs
  1. In a further note dated February 2, 1934, the Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs added certain other conditions which the Canadian Government engineers desired to have followed with respect to dredging the section of the river referred to in this note (711.42147 Detroit/60).