The steam barge D.R. Van Allan is at Oswego, laden with coal for Port Hope. She has made several attempts to leave Oswego, but the ice prevents.
The schr. Caroline Marsh, of Port Hope, arrived at Fairhaven with a cargo of 16,800 bushels of barley. She had a tight squeeze to make the harbor.
The following lake vessels will be thus commanded: Paragon, Capt. Conroy; Katie Eccles, Capt. Redfearn; Blanche, Capt. John Shaw; Eliza White, Capt. Dougherty.
S.G. Griffin and Jasper Ellis, of Clayton, have bought the str. Junita. They will put her on the route between Clayton and Gananoque. Griffin has been oarsman for Governor Alvord for many years. A serious accident to one of his hands last fall disabled him, and he was compelled to seek some other means of earning a livelihood.
The schr. W.T. Greenwood, from Port Hope, arrived at Charlotte on Monday morning, being the first sailing vessel to enter that harbor this year. She was out in the blinding snow storm of Friday night, having a pretty rough time of it. All day on Saturday tempestuous seas were encountered.
In Chicago grain freights are firm, ruling at 8 1/2 cents on corn to Buffalo, and 6 1/2 cents on corn and 6 3/4 cents on wheat to Kingston. Grain trimming, $1. The following vessels have been chartered for Kingston:
Schr. Nassau, corn 20,000 bushels
Schr. Hoboken, corn 21,000 "
Schr. Homer, corn 28,000 "
Schr. West Side, wheat 20,000 "
Schr. E.J. McVea, corn 20,000 "
Schr. George B. Siman, corn 24,000 "
Total 133,000 "
The cargo insurance on grain to Montreal via Kingston is 40 cents.
John Finucan, of Gananoque, is in the city for the purpose of fitting out the strs. Rothesay and Prince Arthur for the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company. There is little probability of the amalgamation talked of between this Company and the Royal Mail Line being effected. The latter want to get too much. The boats will be thoroughly overhauled. The repairs to the Rothesay will be extensive. Her upper works will be remodelled. Both steamers will be ready for the opening of the pleasure season. Capt. Estes, an old mariner, will probably command the str. Rothesay; Captain Smith will again command the str. Prince Arthur. The Company will not charter the str. Maxwell this year.
Personal Mention - Capt. Harbottle, of Hamilton, has secured the position of Ontario Inspector of ships' hulls.