Late Marine News.
The schr. Wm. Elgin is loading rye at Brockville for Oswego.
The schr. J.H. Breck has cleared with her cargo of ice for a Western port.
The Rideau Canal opens on May 1st. The fleet will be ready for their trip by that time.
The schr. White Oak cleared for Oswego this morning with 12,000 bushels of rye at 2 cents.
The str. Varuna has began her regular trips between Trenton and Picton this morning.
The props Armenia and Cuba have both passed down the river. They were expected on the return trip today.
The schr. J.R. Benson has not been at Hamilton for two years. She sails from Port Dalhousie for Garden Island as soon as possible.
The schr. Oliver Mowat left Charlotte last night, arriving at Portsmouth this morning. Captain Saunders reports a fine trip across the lake. The vessel will take another cargo of stone to Charlotte. She carries 375 tons.
As soon as the winds shift Captain J. Donnelly will go to the rescue of the schr. Nellie Theresa, ashore on the American side. The action of the American Government in giving the Captain authority to wreck in American waters, is commendable, and we hope that during this year the best Company and that located nearest to the vessel needing help, will be engaged. On Lake Ontario there have been few, if any, discussions about wrecking, as Captain Donnelly has always received the necessary authority to operate where he pleases. The United States Marine Department evidently rely upon his judgement as a wrecker, and besides there are no American Companies that can do the work as well.
The Canadian schooner Lady Dufferin left Chicago on Thursday evening bound to Midland with a cargo of corn. About two hours after leaving Chicago, when five or six miles south of the waterworks cribs, she collided with the scow schooner South Haven, bound to Chicago, light. The Dufferin struck the South Haven amidships on the port side, carrying away the latter's bulwarks and several stanchions, and losing her own dolphin striker and sprit-sailyard. The Dufferin let go her anchors and proceeded to repair damages, after which she proceeded on her way. The wind was very high at the time or more serious damage would have resulted to both vessels (sic).