Eighteen schooners are being fitted out at Ogdensburg.
James Shaughru will be mate of the str. Traveller this season.
The schr. Laura D. is unloading sand at Breck & Booth's wharf.
Capt. Patterson, of the prop. Africa, left today for Owen Sound.
The str. Maud made her first trip to the Cape this morning, returning at 1 o'clock.
The schr. Clara White, from Wolfe Island, reached Richardson's today with barley.
Between Oswego and Charlotte there is a field of ice about 40 miles one way and 13 the other.
Capt. A. Marshall leaves tomorrow for Ogdensburg, and commands the Melville, one of the consorts of the str. Nipigon.
The schr. Pensaukee was the only vessel chartered at Chicago on Friday. She brings 30,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Kingston at 5 1/4 cents.
The charter is reported of the steambarge Annie Smith and two consorts to carry 1,500,000 ft. of dry pine lumber from Bay City to Oswego at $3.
The schr. Tecumseh is at Port Colborne waiting for the opening of the Welland Canal. She is bound for Kingston from Toledo with timber. Before reaching Port Colborne she encountered considerable ice.
President Powers, of the Chicago Seamen's Union, met the Kingston sailors on Saturday and addressed them. Mr. James Fleming was unanimously elected President of the Kingston branch, vice President McCoomb having resigned. It was decided not to set the wages for a few days.
Mr. Powers told the Kingston sailors that the local branch should not expect to receive assistance from the Chicago union this year. The branch will have to support itself. He examined Mr. McCoomb's books and found them accurate. Mr. Powers will visit Port Hope, Toronto and St. Catharines.
The Chicago Inter-Ocean reports that the schr. Emily B. Maxwell, corn-laden for Kingston, was to set sail on Friday under orders from her owner, Captain Mullen, if the wind changed to a westerly or southerly direction. She was the first craft to be chartered for a port below the straits, and she will be the first vessel to attempt a passage through the ice-locked lake. The crews of the schrs. James Mowat and North Cape were bending the sails of these crafts, and they will probably sail on Sunday. Both vessels are bound for Kingston.