The str. Princess Louise will be put on the ways at Deseronto for repairing.
Richardson & Son are loading the schr. Nellie Hunter at Deseronto with 1,000 bushels of barley for Oswego.
The prop. Armenia, from Port Dalhousie, with coal, arrived at Garden Island this morning.
The prop. Armenia arrived at Garden Island today. She came in by way of the upper gap. She has coal from Charlotte. The schr. J.H. Breck got out the same way. The schr. B.W. Folger worked its way outside of Amherst Island, the wind having shifted the ice. He just cleared the point when the ice came back again.
A VERY HANDSOME BOAT.
A Whig reporter strolling along the docks yesterday inspected the str. Hero laying at Gunn's wharf and looking as bright and trim as a new pin having been painted inside and out. Captain Nicholson said in showing our representative around that when the steamer sailed she would be as staunch and well equipped as money, thought, and skill could make her. Last year the vessel was on the ways all winter and had her hull very thoroughly rebuilt and strengthened. During the winter just closed her upper works have had a general overhauling and where needed her decks have been renewed, new stanchions and bulwarks supplied forward and aft, new panelling and water strips put in, and rails strengthened. A wide and very comfortable stairway has been built from main to promenade decks which will allow excursionists to go ashore by the forward gangway as well as aft, thus avoiding crowding and jamming at the saloon stairway, and unpleasant delay. This will be a very decided advantage and much appreciated by the public. A large amount of money has been expended on the boiler and machinery. The former has been almost rebuilt and supplied with new tubes, and is as good as when first put in. The cylinder of the engine has been boxed out, new brasses put in, and the wheels have been entirely rebrushed. The engine has received a general overhauling, and it is expected that this steamer will this season be faster than she ever was. The upper saloon and staterooms have been fitted with beautiful new carpeting throughout, the mirrors have been tastefully recovered with new cardinal plush, and the staterooms have been given new bedding. In the dining room new crimson table covers and linen have been placed. The requisite list of articles for pantry and kitchen is complete.
Captain Nicholson is commander and will be welcomed again on the route by his many friends. Mr. W. Bloomfield still occupies the position of mate, and has proved himself worthy of the responsible post. Mr. W. Thompson, son of Mayor Thompson, succeeds Mr. Hooper as purser, the latter having accepted a position as book-keeper in Muckleston's hardware store. Mr. Thompson will doubtless prove a good officer. Mr. Gilbert Johnson, a very reliable and skilful engineer, takes the place of J. Stewart, who has removed to Duluth; James Hickey is second engineer, and last but not least, Joe Tilton, who scored such a success last year, looks after the dining room. Most of these officers have already a favorable record with the public, and the new ones promise to become as great favorites. By their attention and courteous manner passengers will be made to enjoy a trip on this favourite steamer, and it is hoped a successful season will follow the enterprise of her painstaking owner, Ald. C.F. Gildersleeve. The Hero will start her trips as soon as the ice leaves the bay.