The Rideau Canal opened for navigation today.
The schr. Minnedosa cleared last night for Toledo to load grain.
The prop. Tilley arrived this morning from Chicago with grain.
The schr. Mary Ann, Capt. Chambers, from South Bay is discharging timber.
The str. Rideau Belle looking as bright as a shilling started on her first trip down the Rideau River today.
The prop. Cuba, from Chicago, with grain and prop. Acadia from Hamilton with merchandise both for Montreal passed down yesterday.
The tug Johnson, after extensive improvments, was launched at Garden Island this afternoon. New masts are being placed in several of the K. & M. forwarding companies barges.
The str. Ontario will commence trips from Oswego to the Thousand Islands early in June. It is anticipated that the St. Lawrence River will enjoy the busiest season that this popular and beautiful stream has ever had.
The Ontario says that on Monday as the Varuna was steaming towards Trenton a capsized boat was sighted near Bayside. The captain ran alongside, picked the parties up and saw them safely to land. This is not the first time the captain of the Varuna has rendered such service. Should he continue in his good work he will secure the Royal Humane society medal.
SINKING OF THE DREDGE.
THE PARTICULARS OF THE VERY UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT GIVEN.
Tuesday morning, about nine o'clock, the dredge Munson, owned by K.A. Munson, Cobourg, left Kingston in tow of a tug, bound for Belleville, but did not reach there. Just after emerging from the lower gap near the Brothers, and about fifteen miles from Kingston, she was seen to lean to one side, and in four minutes time all trace of her was lost. At the time three of the men who work on her were aboard and their escape from drowning was a narrow one. W. Green, Belleville, was in the kitchen at the time preparing for dinner, and succeeded in reaching the hurricane deck, and attempted to launch a small boat but was unable to do so. He was taken down into the water some thirty feet but being a good swimmer swam around until picked up by the tug, which had become loosened from the dredge by the cutting of the line. The two other men clung to pieces of the sunken craft which were floating around, she having broken up completely. Two scows were also in tow, but by the cutting of the line they were saved. A sounding made shortly after the accident showed that the dredge had done down in 130 feet of water. The accident is thought to have been caused by the springing of a plank at the bottom of the craft. She broke up completely, as pieces of timber were floating about in all directions in a few minutes after the accident. The loss will be about $15,000. The men lost everything. The dredge was in Kingston several days preparing a channel in Cataraqui Bay in which to receive the new barge Minnedosa.