The schr. B.W. Folger will carry malt for Oswego.
Capt. D.A. Kish will command the str. Scotia this season.
On Saturday last the steamer Shoecraft made a trip from Clayton to T.I. Park.
The schooners White Oak, William Elgin and Annie Falconer will carry barley and rye to Oswego at 2 cents.
The schr. Undine has been chartered to load lumber at Hamilton for Oswego at $1.25 per m. This is the first Hamilton charter.
The ice left the harbor last night, quite suddenly. It bowled over to the Garden Island shore. The blue water in front looks very pleasant.
Capt. Neelon is building a 50,000 bushel propeller at St. Catharines. She will have to lighten 20,000 bushels here before she can go to Montreal.
The Detroit Dry Dock Company will build two iron steamships for a line between Ogdensburg and Chicago. The ships will be constructed to carry 1,500 tons through the Welland Canal.
The Welland Canal will open on the 1st of May. On Saturday the water was let out, and the Superintendent calculates that it will take two weeks to put the canal in order for navigation.
The Government's appointment of Capt. Harbottle as Inspector of Vessels has created displeasure amongst mariners in Kingston. The appointment, they claim, was not made upon merit. The examination to which applicants were put was only a blind, but it was not dark enough to deceive people.
Inspection of Boats.
Capt. McIlbenny, of the Marine Department, Ottawa, reports that he has inspected the steamers Maud, Pierrepont, and Hero, and steambarge Reliance, and finds them all in good condition. He confined his attention to the hulls and the life saving equipments in which respect the Government will insist upon the requirements of the Act passed by the Commons in March last and out in force in September, being fairly met. The Maud will carry, in addition to her present stock, 100 circular life preservers and 250 floats; the Pierrepont 100 circulars and 200 floats. The Hero's equipment has not yet been decided upon, but it will be made satisfactory to the Inspector. McIlbenny is an old salt, who got his first commission in 1861, and after long service, and while yet in the prime of life, was appointed officer of the Marine Department. This was two years ago. He and Inspector Harty are associated in many respects, and the genial Irishman and he agree well.