p.2 The coming season holds out prospects of successful engagements to those in the shipping interest here, and the sounds of industry from around the wharves show the determination of forwarders to prepare for the harvest of paying freights in store for them. Vessels to arrive in Chicago have been engaged at 16 1/2 cents a bushel to Kingston, those in readiness for the first downward fleet at 20 cents. Mr. Doyle, and Holcomb, Cowan & Co. will tranship by their floating elevators at a charge of 1/4 cent a bushel, and will freight from this port at 6 cents a bushel, though contracts for small lots by steamers have been made at from 7 to 8 cents. Freights of flour from Hamilton to Montreal have been taken at 40 cents a barrel, and it is anticipated that this rate will be maintained throughout April, May and June.
E. Berry & Co., having chartered their barges for the season, confine their attention to their Elevator and mills; in connection with the latter they are now putting up two new engines of 40 horse power each.
Mr. Doyle, of the Atlantic wharf, will employ in the St. Lawrence trade 43 barges, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 500,000 bushels a trip. To facilitate this branch of his business, Mr. Doyle has built a new floating elevator capable of elevating 2,500 bushels an hour. On the Rideau Canal he will move the steamers Ottawa and Victoria, as last year, between Ottawa and Kingston. In addition to these engagements Mr. Doyle has contracts for carrying grain from Chicago and other Western ports.
Anderson & Ford will operate in connection with the Ontario Steamboat Company's Line, consisting of the steamers Bay State, Ontario, Cataract and Niagara; Perry & Black's "Beaver" Line, consisting of the first-class propellers Oshawa, Whitby and Ranger; Jacques & Tracy's propellers Indian, Huron, Colonist and Alps; and the propeller Hero, owned by Capt. Howard, formerly of the Banshee, which will run between Port Stanley and Montreal. Anderson & Ford have extended their wharf twenty-two feet during the past winter, and have thus added to their ample storage and wharfage capacity.
Mr. G.M. Kinghorn's large storehouse holds a vast quantity of grain awaiting spring movements, and Carruthers & Co. monopolise nearly all the remaining space with a stock of grocer's staples, that tells much of the magnitude of their trade. Mr. Kinghorn's Pierrepont will ferry to the Island as usual, and his Gazelle will run from Gananoque here, and serve as a tug when required. Mr. Gildersleeve's Bay of Quinte and Walter Shanly are assigned to their former routes.
Holcomb, Cowan & Co. will move the steamers Mayflower, Wellington and Brantford on this lake; the Mayflower is being so thoroughly overhauled as to render her a new boat; she will work as an independent freight and passenger steamer. The propeller West will go to Chicago, and the George Moffat to Port Stanley. They have also engaged the services of the Highlander and Hercules when not employed on the tug line. Besides these they have 14 barges in the river trade, and five schooners to carry grain from western ports. A new floating elevator built by them has an elevating capacity of 2,200 bushels an hour; and their storage, though they regret its limits, is capable of holding 30,000 bushels of grain. The aggregate capacity of their vessels will enable them to transport 200,000 bushels a trip.
The arrangements made, or to be made, respecting Hamilton's Lake and River Line will not be disclosed until the 10th instant.
Calvin & Breck have not dealt so heavily in timber and staves at the West as in past years, and are at present confining their attention to transportation. Their Tug Line will consist of the steamers Wellington, Hercules, Highlander, Chieftain, Charlevoix, Gildersleeve, America, Traveller and William.
The quantity of flour and grain in store in Kingston, held by Messrs. Berry & Co., Kinghorn, Richardson, McKeever, Hyland, and Anderson and Ford, we have estimated to be 40,200 bus wheat, 47,300 bus peas, 1,500 bus rye, 2,000 bus barley, 1,000 bus oats, and 9,400 barrels of flour.
Messrs. A. & D. Shaw control 500,000 of wheat at Chicago, which they are desirous of transporting to Quebec. They have not yet filled up the complement of vessels they desire to charter.