A new schooner, built at Picton during the past winter, was launched on Thursday.
About 1000 tons of iron ore arrive here each week by the canal en route to Cleveland.
If the water in the Chicago river gets much thicker sailing crafts will have to use a cutter on the bow.
The str. Empress of India, which has been lying at Picton since last fall, is being fitted out for service.
A number of Oswego gentlemen intend to build a vessel that will carry 50,000 bushels of grain through the Welland Canal. She will be ready for next season.
There were but 4 or 5 vessel arrivals today. Yesterday, however, a fleet of some 20 vessels came in, carrying in all over 300,000 bushels of grain.
Western papers complain about the tardiness of the Welland Canal contractors in pushing the new work to completion. With reasonable energy the new canal should be ready for traffic next year.
Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: sch. W.J. Suffel, Toledo, corn; Elgin, Toledo, corn; Singapore, Toledo, corn; Annandale, Toledo, corn; M. Lydon, Toledo, wheat; J.R. Benson, Detroit, wheat.
The steam barge Indian (Capt. Cuthbert) has averaged nearly 3 trips a week between Trenton and Oswego. She carries about 240,000 ft. draws 11 ft of water nearly, steams fast, and is a splendid sea boat.
The barge General Burnside is again in commission. She is 21 years old and was formerly the sch. Quebec. She was sunk for several years at Clayton, where she was rebuilt during the winter by her owner and master, Sirvillian Fish, of Cleveland, at an expense of $6,000.