p.2 Work Of The Hero - Many readers are aware of the punctual arrival and departure of the str. Hero at this port, but few have any idea of the work performed, or the distance travelled by her from week to week, more especially during the excursion season now at its height. During the week ending Saturday last, besides making her regular daily trips between Belleville and this city, she visited the islands three times, well patronized each time, and carrying the usual freight and passengers to the several way ports. She was seldom more than a few minutes late at any of them, and when she arrived in Belleville on Sunday morning she had travelled nearly 1,150 miles. Nor was this an exceptional week, for many times during the season she runs as far and sometimes further. She gives better satisfaction than any other of the boats on the bay route, being regular, staunch, steady and fast; besides she is well handled by Capt. Nicholson, who, popular with the public generally, is ably assisted by Mr. Bloomfield, second in command. As purser, Mr. Hooper is well liked, while Charles Richards, acting steward, is "at home" in the position so as to have done much to make the table of the Hero second to none on inland waters. Robert McCaul requires no better testimonial of his ability as an engineer than the fact that the Hero has accomplished so much this season without the slightest accident to her machinery.
The schr. Singapore left for Cleveland today with ore.
The Thousand Island Steamboat Company will thoroughly overhaul the steamers Maynard and Thorn during the winter. The latter boat, especially, will have a complete remodelling of the upper works.
The str. Annie Laurie is proving an excellent boat for the Alexandria Bay and Kingston route, and is working up a lucrative business. This route can be made one of the most profitable on the river.
The Murray Canal has been opened from Brighton to Trenton, though it will be some years before the locks, etc., will be built. The Hamilton Times says it is not likely that the shipping from the Welland Canal and from Hamilton and Toronto, destined to Kingston or Montreal, will pass through the Murray Canal into the Bay of Quinte. To reach the mouth of the canal, vessels would have to go out of their course, and exchange open for land-locked water.
Arrivals - schr. White Oak, Oswego, 358 tons coal; schr. Annie Falconer, Toronto, 12,000 bush. wheat; barge New Hampshire, Oswego, 156 tons coal; barge David Goddard, Oswego, 158 tons coal; schr. Mediterranean, Detroit, 15,000 bush. wheat.
Cleared - steamer Maud, Cape Vincent, 205 lambs; schr. H. Dudley, Charlotte, light; schr. Dundee, Charlotte, light; schr. Ella Murton, Sodus Point, light; schr. Gold Hunter, Charlotte, light.