p.7 Picton Notes - May 4th - Thirty one years ago the steamer Bay of Quinte made the trip from Kiingston to Belleville on the 31st day of March, the bay being almost free of ice. Frances Sommerville was engineer and Capt. Farrell in command. The steamer Quinte was the first craft to enter the harbor this year, having arrived on the 24th, one week earlier than last year. The steamers Reindeer, Deseronto, Varuna, and Hero have also put in an appearance and resumed their regular trips. The Alexandria left on her first trip on Saturday last, and the Empress will leave to resume her route between Toronto and Port Dalhousie on the 12th.
The sloop Lorraine is loading lumber for Cape Vincent.
The schr. Fabiola is in port, from Oswego, with 217 tons of coal.
The steamer Reliance cleared for Charlotte with 4,859 ties.
The schr. Edward Blake has been chartered in Chicago to carry 15,000 bushels of corn to Kingston.
The steambarge Freemason and consort are on their way to this city from Ottawa with lumber.
The forwarders and mariners generally are in favor of the construction of a dry dock by convict labor.
The steamer Rideau Belle will leave for points along the Rideau canal tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock.
It was not Capt. John Donnelly, the veteran wrecker, who undertook the exposure of Mdlle. Fay's hand-rapping.
Capt. Munson is in Deseronto, superintending repairs to his dredge, which is receiving a new steam hoist, a new boiler and a new anchor.
The steambarge Nile and tow, with bunch wood, were expected here today. The sloop Two Brothers is loading here for Cape Vincent.
The str. John A., of Garden Island, is sunk in the mud at Laprairie. She is in 4 feet of water forward and 11 feet aft. The steamer Chieftain, with pump and diver, went down the river today. It is thought the tug struck in the rapids and was beached immediately afterwards.
A Coming Nautical Event - Barriefield boat club to have water parade.
OUR INLAND FLEET.
How The Richelieu Steamers Will Run New Dining Salons On The Boats.
During the winter the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company have spent about forty thousand dollars in refitting, upholstering and making the changes in their boats necessitated by the increased traffic. The Magnet has been newly refitted throughout. For the accommodation of families living at Murray Bay this boat will be put on from Quebec three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The steamers Algerian, Corsican, Corinthian and Spartan will make daily trips commencing on the first of June. These boats have been refitted entirely; a new dining room has been placed in each in the after part of the boat, the decoration being in Lincrusta Walton, and the appointments have been so made as to render the waiter service more efficient. The new dining room in each boat, in addition to the other, will seat about 150. Competent stewards have been engaged and a larger staff of waiters.