p.2 Departed This Life - James Hurst (son of late Capt. Thos. G. Hurst who drowned off schr. Union Jack in 1875).
p.3 Sale of Steamers - St. Lawrence Navigation Co. is said to have purchased 5 steamers from R. & O. Navigation Co. for $230,000.
Whats The News? - The schr. Oriental was towed to Wolfe Island last evening to load ice for Toledo.
MARINE NEWS - PORTSMOUTH.
The Work That Is Being Done at The Shipyard.
On nearing Portsmouth yesterday our attention was attracted by the continuous striking of the caulking mallet. Considerable work has and is being done at both shipyards. The first place to visit was the Portsmouth Marine Railway, Mr. James Fisher, proprietor, where the greater portion of shipwright work is being done.
The steamer Picton, although not completely hauled out on the railway, is receiving a general overhauling, having been reframed. She is now being replanked. When the weather becomes sufficiently mild it is the intention to have the steamer out entirely in order to replace the keelsons beneath the engine. Her starboard shaft is being taken out and is to be replaced by one from the Kingston Foundry, the whole work to be completed by the commencement of the excursion season. Capt. C. McCuaig will again be in command during the coming season.
The schr. Lily Hamilton is to receive a general overhauling before the opening of navigation.
The tug Grenville will be put in commission for harbour service and will tow in connection with the Marine Railway. It is a decided advantage to have a small tug at this place, as vessels have had to lie over for the best part of a day before a tug could be got from Kingston. All Mr. Fisher's work is under the able superintendence of Mr. John Matthewson.
The St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Company have not had so much work to do in their yard this as in past years. All their boats are now in good order. The tug Jessie Hall, the only boat on the stocks, is being generally refitted. The barge Oneida has received a new stern and the Nebraska a new bow and stern. The other boats of this company are, barges Seneca, Alfred, Iowa, Arthur, Albert, Minnesota, Victor, Acadia, and D.; the tug Joe Mac and elevators Ceres and No. 3. The former is capable of unloading the largest vessel passing through the Welland Canal. The latter was purchased in Montreal last year, and is provided with a fanning mill to clean the grain (if necessary) as it passes from the vessel to the barge. The cleaning process has a tendency in a great many instances to raise the standard of the grain a grade, more especially when a cargo has become heated. The balance of the fleet of this Company has been laid up down the river. Mr. McFarlane, the Manager, expects to do a good part of the transhipping during the ensuing season, having every facility at his command in the shape of good tugs, barges and elevators, and a safe and commodious harbour, with water sufficient for vessels of the heaviest draught. The schr. Bessie Barwick is laid up at Portsmouth. The schooner Fanny Campbell is endeavoring to secure a full cargo of ice by cutting it from the inner harbour, a change of wind having caused most of it out in the lake to move off.
A move should be made by the village corporation to force the owners either to rebuild or remove the old wharves below the water, as strange vessels will be coming down from the upper lakes next season. There is also another obstruction - the old barge Quebec - which is lying sunk in the harbour. It should be removed. With the removal of these obstructions Portsmouth would be possessed of one of the best harbours in this part of Canada.