The schr. Jessie Phillips collided with the S.S. Lackawana and injured to the extent of $500.
The prop. Alma Munro after having her rudder repaired cleared last night for the canal.
The str. Guide, ashore at the head of the Galops, was released yesterday not much damaged.
The tug Metamora and barges have left Port Dalhousie for Toronto to load lumber for Collins Bay.
The steam barge Erin cleared for Toledo last evening light and prop. Rosedale cleared for Chicago, light.
The schr. Mary Ann Lydon is at Port Dalhousie with ice from Kingston. She is having a new foremast shipped.
The schr. Laura is getting two new masts put in at Port Dalhousie. She will be away about the middle of next week.
Seamen are of the opinion that the business on the lakes will not be very brisk this season. They are finding it hard to get work.
The barges Onondaga and Mohawk arrived at Brockville from Oswego yesterday with 1,600 tons of coal for the GTR company.
Freight rates: Duluth to Kingston, wheat - 5 1/2 cents to 5 3/4 cents; Chicago to Kingston, wheat - 4 1/2 cents to 4 3/4 cents; Toledo to Kingston, corn 3 cts.
The two pontoons used in the work of lifting the steamer Armstrong at Brockville have been raised and are hanging on the sides of the schr. Neelon. The whole outfit will be conveyed to this city by the steamer McArthur.
The tug Alert, owned by Capt. Murphy, Ogdensburg, was launched today. Since going on the dock she has been considerably repaired besides having her engines compounded. She will be used this summer as a pleasure boat as well as a tug.
In September 1889, the schr. Mongaugon, Detroit, struck the Oswego breakwater and sank. Dobbie's wrecking apparatus raised her. The bill was $1,914.10 upon which $714 are still due. Sheriff Van Buren has seized the schooner Mystic Star in which Mr. Hurley owns an interest, for the balance of the claim.
A New Grain Route - The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company has made arrangements with the Ogdensburg transit company for a regular service of lake and river vessels with a view of diverting American grain for export by the St. Lawrence route. The Ogdensburg company is building an elevator with a capacity of 1,500,000 bushels at Ogdensburg and its lake vessels will be discharged there and the grain held until the steamships for which it is intended are reported at Montreal. The forwarding company's barges expect to be able to transport the grain from Ogdensburg to Montreal in 3 days. It is reported that the Montreal transportation company, to head off this new route, has bought 400,000 bushels of corn on its own account at Chicago, and is having it brought forward at once. Ocean freights have been quite lively as a result of the competition between the forwarding companies and the full capacity of the regular line steamships up to the middle of May is already contracted for. The Chicago Tribune says it is expected that an unprecedented trade will seek the St. Lawrence route this year.