R. Davis' Sales of Steamers and Other Boats This Year.
The schr. Jessie Breck is loading timber at Toledo for Garden Island.
The prop. Niagara, with corn from Toledo, is expected to arrive today.
The schr. Clara White left yesterday for Oswego, light. She will return with coal.
Grain to Kingston from Duluth has been chartered at 3 1/4 cents per bushel.
The new sailing yacht, built at Rockwood asylum for Dr. Clark, was launched last evening in the presence of a large number of spectators.
Operations of Mr. R. Davis.
Davis' fleet of barges left last night for Ottawa. It consists of the tug M.P. Davis and barges Minnie Francis and City of Kingston. They will bring lumber to Kingston for Oswego. The str. Freemason will load lumber at Ottawa for Oswego direct and carry coal back to Smith's Falls.
The steamer Flight, lying on the bottom at the foot of Ontario street, owned by Cook & Jones, of Brockville, was sold yesterday by R. Davis to the Canadian Phosphate Company through their agent, J.E. Smith, Ottawa. She is to be raised and will be loaded on the cars by Davis' men. Davis has also sold the following boats this spring for other parties, viz., str. Carleton, to Kincaid & Beecher, Brockville; str. Peerless, to G.A. Davis; str. Two Brothers and barge Craftsman, to G.A. Davis, for use in the stone trade for the Murray Canal. Mr. Davis shipped a new yacht to Carleton Place last evening.
Opening Of The Rideau.
The Rideau will be opened on Monday next. This is to be a busy season for forwarders, as competition will rage keen and fast. Many boatmen say that the Rideau route is being run for more than it is worth. Before the end of the season some of the boats will certainly be idle. The steamer Kathleen, the largest on the route, will run between Montreal and Kingston, making two trips a week. The steamer Ella Ross will begin running about May 10th. Capt. Ogle Carrs will use the str. Ida as a freight and passenger steamer between Montreal and Kingston. The freight business proper will be done by steamers Olive and Welshman. Steamers St. John and Hiram Easton and a fleet of six barges will be engaged taking freight from the Chaudiere to Kingston. During the winter the Rideau canal authorities have made extensive improvements to the canal. All the locks have been thoroughly repaired and new bridges built at Manotick, Smith's Falls, Newboro and Merrickville.
A Very Handsome Boat.
This morning the steamer Ocean arrived on her first trip from St. Catharines to Montreal. She had all her flags flying and looked very fine. A few days ago she came off the drydock at St. Catharines after being carefully recaulked and repaired. Capt. Harbottle, while on a tour of inspection, complimented the owner and master of the Ocean on the excellency of the life saving apparatus. The cabin has been refitted, the berths being supplied with new spring beds. The saloon has been newly carpeted, and where the comfort and convenience of passengers is concerned no expense has been spared. Capt. Towers has been most successful in his command. He has never met with a mishap, and she sails nearly one thousand miles farther than any other boat on this line, and always leaves on time. The officers remain the same as when the steamer was first placed on the route.
Arrivals - schr. Annie M. Foster, Oswego, 151 tons coal; prop. Ocean, St. Catharines; str. D.D. Calvin, and schrs. Prussia, Norway and Bavaria, Hamilton and Toronto, timber, for Garden Island.
Cleared - steamer Ida, Rideau Canal, freight and passengers; strs. Armenia and Denmark, Toledo, light.