p.3 A Popular Craft - The str. Maud comes out tomorrow, looking finer than ever, and her popularity as the excursion steamer will be increased by her improvements. Capt. Hinckley, the genial commander, who has been in charge for many years, will again tread the deck. Joe Hiscock will cater to the public as usual.
New Yacht - Dow Claus, of Brighton, is building a new yacht for George Offord. She will be 32 feet keel, and 9 ft. 10 in. beam, 6 ft. depth of hold, much larger than any boat Mr. Offord has yet owned. The model was supplied by Mr. Offord, who has seen the yacht in frame and says that she promises to be very fast. She will be named Victoria, after the daughter of the owner.
The rate on wheat from Chicago to Kingston is 7 cents and on corn 6 1/4 cents.
The schr. Parthenon, which wintered at Consecon, has left for Oswego with barley.
The ice has left Presqu' Isle Bay and vessels can now get to the docks at Brighton.
The schr. Julia, which wintered at Gananoque, has left that port for Oswego with a cargo of barley. She will load coal on the return trip.
The schr. Two Brothers, from Port Hope, with 8,657 bushels of wheat, is the first arrival of the season at the Montreal Transportation Company's wharf.
The str. Alexandra, rebuilt and thoroughly renewed, leaves Montreal for the West on the 3rd of May. She will run on her old route from Trenton to Montreal.
The yacht Ella, of Oswego, has been rebuilt during the present winter. She was launched last week. This boat is one of the finest sailing vessels ever put upon the St. Lawrence.
Capt. McGreevy, of the schr. Huron, and Capt. Emmons, of the schr. Mary Grover, are in the city, and on the lookout for freights. The vessels came up the river in tow of the tug Curlew.
McEwen & Son are building the boiler and engine for a steam tug to be built by Captain Cuthbert for an Ottawa gentleman. The tug will measure 43 feet keel, 9 1/2 feet beam and 6 feet draught. Her hull will be of oak.
Capt. Dandy has made the first round trip across the lake. The schr. B.W. Folger left port last week with barley for Big Sodus. She laid at anchor under Four Mile Point until Sunday morning, and after getting clear of the ice made a rapid run for the Point. The vessel brought back 280 tons of coal for James Swift. She was completely covered with ice and snow. Considerable ice is passing down the river. Capt. Dandy will be given the hat for first entrance into Big Sodus. The Captain had a narrow escape from going on Pigeon Island owing to the lights not being lit. This is the second time he has had to complain of this light.