EARLY NAVIGATION NOTES.
Capt. John Donnelly, sr. left this afternoon for Oswego.
Capt. Dandy has been appointed captain of the schr. John Gaskin.
The schooners Nellie Cuthbert and Annie Gilbert, at Belleville, have been extensively repaired.
The schr. Ella Murton did not leave last evening owing to the storm. She will clear as soon as the weather is fit.
The schr. Eliza Fisher arrived Wednesday morning at Charlotte from Newcastle with a load of ice. Capt. Casey is in command.
The dredge to make way for the launching of the four masted barge which is being built by the M.T. Company is expected here in a few days.
The vessels laid up at Belleville are the Bullock, Hattie Ann, Sovereign, Rainbow, Freeman, Moravian, Empress, Restless, Delaware, Monitor, Puritan, and the tug Bonar.
Navigation on the Bay of Quinte will not be certain for a fortnight yet. The channel near Belleville, however, is free from ice, and the steamer Mary Ethel is preparing to resume ferry duties.
The ice at Trenton is clearing away at Nigger Island. Big Bay is also closed yet.
The schr. Bullock, loaded with ice, is ready to clear for New Haven. The schooners Delaware and Freeman are loaded for Sodus Point, N.Y. The Puritan is also loaded with ice.
THE DISASTER SEASON OPENS
The First Vessel Out Is The First To Make A Disaster Item.
The schooner Watertown sailed out of the harbor afternoon in good style, being the first vessel out of the season. She was making excellent time on the lake until the snow storm struck her last evening. It was so blinding that the captain could not tell what course to take, and the vessel went ashore at Bear's Creek, about 15 miles from Charlotte. She is hard on, but assistance has been sent for from Charlotte, and it was expected that she would be got off today. Capt. C. Beaupre is in command. The vessel is loaded with 560 tons of ice. There is no insurance on vessel or cargo. Though the vessel is hard on in a bad place all the captain need do is to build a fire in the hold, melt the cargo and see her float off. "These words no Shakespeare wrote nor Byron penned."
The schr. Queen of the Lakes, commanded by Capt. Parsons, left Toronto yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The vessel made good headway out, but she suddenly encountered a severe snow storm which was raging. Capt. Parsons, in attempting to put in to Port Dalhousie, got all her new canvas torn. Her cargo, which consisted of 10,000 bushels of barley, was shifted. Her mainsail was carried away. She arrived in Port Dalhousie in a damaged condition this morning. The schooner was insured and was owned by Richardson & Sons and Capt. Parsons.
p.4 A Victim of the Quinte - body of George Wood recovered, a body from the steamer Quinte - he had been the first one to give the alarm and was last seen working the pump.