The tug Walker and tow arrived last night with corn from Toledo.
Three hundred car loads of timber for the Collinsby rafting company arrived at Belleville this year.
The schr. S.S. Wilhelm (sic) and William Chaithwain were chartered at Chicago to carry corn to Ogdensburg.
The masts of the sunken barge Gaskin near Brockville, have been broken off to prevent navigation being obstructed.
As soon as the ice bridge in the lower St. Lawrence collapses, barges with grain will start for Montreal as the canals are open.
G. Hinckley, of Cape Vincent, is changing his schooner to a steambarge. She is at Richardson's wharf having the changes made.
Arrivals: schr. O.S. Storrs, Oswego, 226 tons coal; schr. Empress, Cape Vincent, light; schr. Julia, Charlotte, light; schr. L. Rooney, Charlotte, light.
The schr. O. Mowat, with a cargo of grain for Oswego ran aground yesterday in Belleville. She was released without damage by the tug Bonar.
T. McAuley purchased another steam yacht and has rented it to a party of young men for the season. F. Pugh will be master, C. Beale engineer and A. Abernethy, wheelsman.
The tug Curlew of Ogdensburg cleared for Oswego and Charlotte from Brockville yesterday with the barges Black Diamond and Mohawk, light and barge Wheeler, laden with lumber.
The anchors, chains and windlass of the schr. Watertown will be shipped to Detroit where they will be used by the owners, the Rochester Transportation company in fitting out the schr. John T. Mott.
The schr. Northern Queen and Northern Light were hard aground at the head of Sault Ste. Marie on Monday. There were 38 vessels waiting to get through the canal. The water is low.
"Big John" with a crew of 20 men from Chateauguay, passed the Lachine Rapids yesterday with the first raft this season which was 60' wide and 300' long. It belonged to the Calvin Company.
The prop. Algonquin arrived yesterday from Chicago, started leaking shortly after leaving the western port. A good quantity of water got into the vessel and damaged about 500 bushels of corn. She will be repaired here.
The schr. Rooney, laden with ice, cleared for Charlotte today. She got her cargo at Wolfe Island. The schr. Dudley, laden with ice is at Dead Man's bay and was expected to clear today. The schr. Straubenzie left today for Lake Erie with a cargo of ice.
The strike amongst the men engaged in loading vessels with ice at Belleville is still on. The men were offered 20 cents per hour to load the Freeman, provided they would work at night for 25 cents per hour. 40 were engaged at 20 cents per hour to load the steambarge Resolute, at the Eagle Mill, but found men from the bridge at work on the vessel. They were offered 25 cents per hour to work at night but all returned to the city.
The str. Norseman was launched today after having been thoroughly scraped and cleaned. During the winter she was thoroughly overhauled internally and comes out a really fine boat. She will leave for Port Hope tonight to begin regular route to Rochester. The officers are: Capt. - Howard Nicholson; mate, J. Jarrell; first engineer, T. Milne; second engineer A. Cummings; purser J.W. Mitchell; steward, A.W. Stevenson. The many friends of Capt. Nicholson regret his departure from Kingston. As commander of the Hero for the past few seasons he was very popular not only here but at every port along the Bay of Quinte. He is a genial, obliging fellow and we are assured will make many friends in the west. Confidence repoured in him will not be misplaced.
A gentleman, well up in marine matters stated this morning that anyone had a right to lay information against a captain who was overloading his boat. Still the captain could start if he wished and stand the penalty afterwards. The custom's officer has no right whatever to stop a captain carrying any number he likes. What he could do though was not to give the captain his clearance papers.