p.3 Prepare For the Change - If Oswego vessel-owners are selling out they are doubtless preparing to build the larger craft that the new enlarged Welland Canal will admit of. It is stated that the new canal will be ready by the middle of next summer, or in any event, in time for the opening of navigation in 1882. When this new canal is finally completed all the present canal-size craft will be thrown on the market for sale, or will be compelled to seek short routes, as they certainly can't compete with the larger craft on the long through routes. Another important feature in the opening of the new canal will make itself felt at Buffalo unless the Erie Canal is made free...Will make itself felt even then. Our large vessels, says the Chicago Inter-Ocean, can "go around" Buffalo. They can go directly to Kingston. The St. Lawrence River cannot be got through, as many people suppose, "to the ocean" by these large vessels, except in ballast, and indeed it does not seem to be the policy of the Canadians to furnish a through deep-water route from the lakes to the Atlantic. If such a route was furnished grain and all sorts of freight would simply pass through Canada without paying terminal and other profitable charges. What the Canadians want is to make Kingston what Buffalo is today, and the completion of the new canal will, without doubt, go far toward that end.
The str. Maud towed the small sloop Vision to Cape Vincent this morning. She had barley from Gunns.
The steam-barge Carlyle, tug Eleanor, and sch. B.W. Folger have all been taken to Portsmouth, where they will be hauled out for general repairs.
Mr. Thomas Allen was a few days ago chopping ice from the wheels of the str. Maud, when the wheel revolved, carrying our friend around with it. He had his leg injured but not seriously.
The sch. Caroline Marsh made the trip from Charlotte to Port Hope yesterday. She is probably the last vessel to cross the lake this year.
Launch of a Vessel - The sch. Lily Hamilton, which has been repaired at Fisher's shipyard, was launched yesterday afternoon. She was the heaviest vessel that has yet been drawn out on these ways. The improvements cost between $2400 and $2500. The Hamilton has been tied up at Portsmouth for the winter.