Schooners loaded with ice are preparing for a start.
Today the ice was missed from the harbour. It was blown down the river last night.
The schr. Watertown was towed out this morning by the str. Pierrepont. The schooner is loaded with ice.
The str. Minnie, Capt. William T. Westcott, will commence running between Clayton and Alexandria Bay as soon as the ice will permit.
Capt. Johnson, formerly in command of the Frank C. Layton, of Chicago, has engaged to run the Homer, of Chicago, and will take command April 1st.
The schooners Flora Carveth and William Jamieson arrived at Oswego on Tuesday with barley from Whitby. As both came in so early in the season both Captains will receive the customary hats.
A handsome yacht is being built near the knitting mill for a member of the Montreal Star staff. The boiler arrived yesterday from New York. It is one of Robert's patent boilers and was recommended to the owner of the yacht by the inspector of boilers for the province of Quebec. It is considered one of the best made.
The St. Lawrence River Skiff and Steam Launch Company, Clayton, has orders to the extent of $10,000 on hand. Among the yachts is a sailer for C.E. Bailey, Jamestown, N.Y. Also a steam yacht for M.G. Lewis of N.Y. to be used at Westminister Park. Among the canoes is a fleet of 12 for the Red Dragon Canoe Club, of Philadelphia, also a large war canoe 35' in length and 50" beam with a carrying capacity of 30 people. The finest skiff ever built has been ordered by R.M. Jones, M.A. of Penn's charter school, of Philadelphia. The boat will cost $400 when completed, and will be placed on exhibition in John Wanamaker's store in that city. She will be 20' long and constructed of Spanish cedar with mahogany finish and polished brass trimmings.
Weekly British Whig, March 27, 1890
p.1 Ruinous To Oswego - proposed increased duty on barley.
OPENING OF NAVIGATION.
The St. Lawrence River is clear of ice.
The schr. Grantham is being repainted.
The schr. B.W. Folger is receiving light repairs.
The tug Eliza Bonar has been purchased by J. Bonar from Capt. Howard.
Nine vessels entered Charlotte harbor during the past week with 3,500 tons of ice.
The schr. Samana carries a cargo of ice from Sacketts Harbor to Astabula, Ohio, for $600.
A number of vessel owners commenced this week to put their boats in repair for the spring trade.
The prop. Munro is being fitted out for navigation. A large gang of men are at work on her.
The three-masted schr. E.H. Rutherford, loaded with ice, has left Presque Isle for Charlotte.
The wreck of the str. Rothesay is not visible. The engine and machinery will be raised this summer.
Capt. Eli Kendall will command the str. Jessie Bain this season. She will run on the same route as last year.
Wednesday a scow sailed from Alexandria Bay to Fisher's Landing, a remarkable feat for this time of the year.
Capt. Dobbins has ordered the life-saving stations on Lakes Erie and Ontario to be opened on April 1st. Last year's keepers remain in charge.
Thomas Myles & Son have sold the ice loads of the propeller Myles and the schr. Gulnair at $2.25 per ton in Buffalo and Cleveland respectively.
The str. Hastings is being rebuilt at Toronto. She is receiving a new boiler, and will be greatly improved. About $4,000 will be expended on her.
The 25 men at work on the str. Alexandria, Picton, are making rapid headway. As soon as the ice is out of the bay the Alexandria will be ready to launch.
A sheriff's sale is advertised at Clayton to sell the schr. Vickery sunk last August. The vessel, with fittings already raised and a perfectly new diving suit and air pumps, will be sold.
The schrs. William Jamieson and Flora Carveth cleared from Whitby barley laden for Oswego. Collector Lyman ordered the lights and the tug Navagh went into commission.
The Rathbun company have cut enough ice to fill their contract which has been of a profitable character. They secured about 30,000 tons during the past month in different places.
Marine insurance on the lakes goes into effect April 1st, and indications are that grain freights will be down to a low figure at Chicago before the vessels can arrive from lower ports.
At a largely attended meeting in Chicago of lake sailors, last night, a protest was formulgated against the action of the vessel owners' association fixing the rate of wages for the coming season at $30 a month.
The schrs. Delaware, Freemon, and Bullock are loaded with ice, and are being placed in readiness for the opening of navigation. The two former are destined for Sodus Point, and the latter will discharge at Fair Haven.
The str. Hazelton, owned by Nelson E. Skinner, Oswego, has been sold to Alfred A. Wellington for $2000. Mr. Wellington will run the boat in connection with his fish business, and it is his intention to make trips to the Bay of Quinte and Kingston.
Capt. Donnelly, inspector of hulls, just returned from St. Catharines, states that the str. Ocean is being repaired and will be in excellent condition in a few days. The str. Persia is being rebuilt at a cost of $6,000. She will be new from the water line to her main decks.
Tuesday afternoon the ice in the harbour started to move owing, no doubt, to the severe wind. Next morning the steamer Pierrepont went as far as Cape Vincent. She made the trip without much difficulty. It was on March 26th she made her first trip last year. Last year she did not reach Cape Vincent until April 1st.