p.2 Dry Dock Deputation - The gentlemen composing the deputation to Ottawa returned yesterday. One of them informed us that, acompanied by Mr. H. Gault, of Montreal, the Kingstonians sought an interview with Sir John A. Macdonald and laid before him the facts of the case. They desired the Government to advance from $25,000 to $30,000, at a low rate of interest, to complete the dry dock here. A company would be formed which would lift the indebtedness from the ship yard owned by Powers & Co., and finish the works. The outlay, including that of the dry dock, would be about $45,000. The Government would be given a first lien upon the property for the amount advanced. Sir John was interested in the subject. He saw nothing to prevent the loan being made, and he would lay the matter before his colleagues for consideration. It would be well if the dry dock could be finished. Vessels and steamers that now go to Ogdensburg and other places would be repaired here and such money be left to the city in consequence.
Lumber shippers have offered $1.25 per m. from Toronto to Oswego. Vessel men ask $1.50.
Capt. H. Zealand has commenced work on the Calabria at Port Dalhousie.
The ice, it is said, will not be out of Toronto Bay before April 1st. It will be pretty safe to predict the same thing for Kingston harbour.
The Chicago Tribune has come to the conclusion that Canadian vessels get over three quarters of the entire eastern bound freight, which passes over land in Canada during its transit.
Norman Best, Oswego, owner of one half of the schooner D.G. Fort, has sold a one-eighth interest in the vessel to Captain Richard Daniels and Charles M. Coe for $1,900.
The schooners Katie Eccles, Jessie McDonald, Caledonia, and Mary Taylor are at Brighton. There are no changes from last year except that the Jessie McDonald has been bought in Toronto.
Grain rates are expected to be better during the ensuing season than in 1880. Navigation may open with 2 cents from Toronto to Kingston. Agents say they will get 7 cents on corn from Chicago to Buffalo, and some vessel men are holding off for 8 cents.
It is now said there is to be only one registry book issued for marine underwriters this season instead of three as formerly. The entire work is under the supervision of Capt. W.D. Robinson, of Buffalo, who has two assistants, one of whom is Capt. W.R. Taylor, of Kingston. Capt. J.F. Allen, of this city, has been appointed Inspector of the South Shore of Lake Ontario (District No. 1) and from Buffalo to Tonawanda (District No. 2); Capt. Taylor himself inspects District No. 2, North Shore of Lake Ontario, from Toronto to Kingston; Capt. A. Dunlop is Inspector of District No. 10, from Kingston east to Montreal, and up the Ottawa River. This matter was referred to before, but the information was not so complete.
The following is a list of the Oswego vessels with the names of the masters who will sail them this season: Bolivia, Benj. Chambers; Jamaica, James Glassford; Samana, Andrew Robertson; Leadville, Daniel Hourigan; Blazing Star, John Hurley; Guiding Star, William Griffin; William I. Preston, John Van Alstine; Kate Kelly, William King; John R. Noyes, Daniel Keeliher; Oliver Mitchell, Ed. Chatteau; John Magee, Capt. Ripson; E.P. Dorr, Peter Dufrane; Senator Blood, John R. Preston; J. Maria Scott, William Richardson; Willie Kellar, Thomas Murray; Hartford, William McCarthy; O.M. Bond, S. Lefevre; Comanche, W.C. Becker; Sea Gull, John Cullan; F.D. Barker, James Scott; James Wade, Fred. Pritchard; G.B. Sloan, James McDowell; Hoboken, Matt. Hourigan; D.G. Fort, Capt. Daniels; M.J. Cummings, Chas. Tifft; West Side, John Quigley; Mary Copely, W.J. Vincent; H.W. Sage, Michael Holland; Lem Ellsworth, Matt. Kerwin; Trinidad, __ Higgins; Rising Star, William Preston; Nevada, Captain Howard; Sam Cook, James Curran; Penokee, Frank McGuire; Nassau, Capt. Hugh Ross; Pulaski, Capt. J. Moulther; John T. Mott, Capt. Peter Cronley. Vessel men should paste this list in their hat as it constitutes most of the small vessels (American) engaged in the grain trade.
Murray Canal - $25,000 passed for construction.