p.2 Equinoctial Gale - Yesterday it blew a gale of wind from the southward, picking ? up a bobbery in Kingston Harbor, a strong southerly being the only wind capable of doing any mischief. The steamer Magnet was unable to leave for Toronto at her wonted hour; in fact does not leave until some time today. The wind last night shifted to the westward, but it continues to blow hard.
April 7th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.
April 7th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, 331 bushels clover seed.
Str. Cataract, Oswego, mixed cargo.
8th - Ferry Boat Farmer, Cape Vincent, 17 cows, 1 steer.
Notice is hereby given that a Contract has been made by this Department with Messrs. Calvin & Cook, who are thereby bound to have fully prepared and well equipped, at least four Steam Vessels, for the purpose of towing Vessels during the Season, up and down, between Kingston and Lachine, from the First of April, (or from the opening of the River,) until the First of December next.
The Vessels for the towing between Dickenson's Landing and Prescott, to be of at least Sixty Horse Power, and those on the other portions of the route to be of not less than Forty-five Horse Power. They are not permitted to tow Rafts, and, in case of any accident occurring to any of them, their places are to be immediately supplied with others equally suitable.
A Tug Boat will be despatched on the downward trips from Kingston and from Cornwall, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and on the upward trips from Lachine and from Dickenson's Landing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, during the season. The Tow of vessels, taken on these days, shall be brought through direct, and without any necessary delay whatever.
All Vessels shall be taken in their turn, except Lake Craft, which shall have the preference.
The charges for Towing, per mile, will be according to the rates in the table annexed.
Any further information that may be desired, can be had on application to the Office of the Department of Public Works, Toronto.
(Table of Rates for Towage, per Mile, for Each Vessel Upwards - with draughts of water listed on one side, and breadth of beam across top.)
The said shall be charged for according to the following distances, viz.
From Lachine to Lower Entrance Beauharnois Canal 19 miles
Length of Beauharnois Canal 12
From Upper Entrance Beauharnois Canal to Cornwall 40
Length of Cornwall Canal 12
From Dickenson's Landing to Prescott 41
From Prescott to Kingston 67
Total 191 miles
The charge for Towage Downward shall not exceed one third of the above Rates.
By order, THOMAS A. BEGLY, Secretary.
Department of Public Works,
29th March, 1851.