OPENING OF NAVIGATION.
The steamer Pierrepont broke through the ice today and reached Garden Island. She started out at 10:30 o'clock with a number of citizens on board. She ran along the harbor as far as Swift's wharf, then veered outward. The ice was the hardest to penetrate near the shoal tower. Several times the steamer backed up and then went forward with a rush, rising upon and breaking down the obstruction. After veering outward at Swift's, she plowed her way through to the space, bushed about, where the ice cutters had been at work. From that point to open water there was no trouble at all in forcing a passage. The steamer then returned to the wharf and started for the island at 11:30 o'clock. From books in the customs house we find the following account of the opening and closing of navigation during the past twenty-two years.
Year Opened Closed
1867 April 8 December 18
1868 March 31 December 24
1869 April 17 Jan. 8, 1870
1870 April 13 December 31
1871 March 16 December 25
1872 April 22 December 21
1873 April 14 Jan. 14, 1874
1874 March 28 Jan. 5, 1875
1875 April 19 December 23
1876 January 10 December 20
1877 April 9 Jan. 8, 1878
1878 March 11 Jan. 2, 1879
1879 March 21 December 28
1880 March 23 December 21
1881 April 12 Jan. 12, 1882
1882 March 7 Jan. 4, 1883
1883 April 19 December 31
1884 April 11 December 31
1885 April 28 Jan. 8, 1886
1886 April 9 December 28
1887 April 18 December 30
1888 April 11
Capt. Montgomery will act as mate of the Singapore this summer.
The str. Phillip Minch was launched at Cleveland on Saturday.
A meeting of sailors will be called in a few days for the transaction of important business.
Very little is doing in the barley trade at Toronto, and the 175,000 bushels in store will be shipped to American points as soon as vessels can get out.
The schr. E.J. McVea has been sold to Thomas S., Henry R. and George F. Lester, of Marine City, for $7,000 cash. She will be converted into a barge.
Capt. Boyard who last season commanded the tug Seymour, of Ogdensburg, is to have command of the prop. Waverly of the Chicago and Ogdensburg line.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes, now at Portsmouth, will be rebuilt at Garden Island. She will carry 18,000 bushels of grain. Capt. Dandy will sail her.
The sloop Idle Wild, Capt. Larush, will load oats on Monday for Picton. This boat looks very gay. The hull is painted white, and the bulwarks green and yellow, the decks lead colour.
The sale of the Clinton tow by James Norris, of St. Catharines, leaves him with only the passenger steamer Persia and the schr. Gleniffer. He is said to be preparing to build on the Clyde a steel steamer to run to Montreal.
This morning while Capt. Nolan was walking on the staging attached to the str. Thorn, carrying a piece of iron weighing 100 lbs., a plank broke causing him to fall into the water. He went below the surface and on rising cried: "I'm in the water." W. Derry, engineer of the Maud, saw Nolan and pulled him out.
The Montreal and Chicago merchants' shipping company will run a weekly service, the props. Alma Munro, Acadia and Cuba, being put on the line. The capital of the company is $80,000, with power to increase. The boats are to be refitted and will carry about 125 passengers in first class style.
The str. Ontario, owned by Capt. George E. Sweet, Carthage, will not run between Rochester, and the Thousand Islands the coming summer, as arrangements have been perfected by which she will run in connection with the D.L. & W. railroad at Oswego, making daily trips from that place to the islands. The Sunday trip has not been decided upon.