p.2 Another Cargo of Ice - The barque Waterwitch, lying at Messrs. Berry & Co.'s wharf, commenced loading with ice on Saturday morning. The cargo is intended for the Chicago market. And we hear that other vessels are wanted to load with the same article. The price offered is $2 per ton.
-effort being made to raise funds for lightship for Sunken Rocks, Point au Pelee.
Business on Garden Island - During the season now closing a large amount of business has been done at Messrs. Calvin & Breck's shipyard, Garden Island. A new three-masted schooner, of two hundred and fifty tons, the keel of which was laid last summer, is nearly completed. She is intended for the lumber trade, and will be ready to launch as soon as the ice breaks up. Nine steamers of the Government Steam Tug Line are undergoing various repairs, and all will be in readiness for the opening of navigation. They are the Hercules, 311 horse power; Highlander, 153; City of Hamilton, 163; William, 167; Traveller, 134; Sir Chas. Napier, 92; Gildersleeve, 99; America, 112; Chieftain, 83. The late report of the Commissioner of Public Works makes honorable mention of the manner in which the line has heretofore been managed by Messrs. Calvin & Breck. It states that the service "has been satisfactorily performed," and that shipowners, forwarders, and others interested in the lake navigation, have expressed themselves well satisfied with the "energetic manner in which the duties of the tug line have been conducted." During the eight years for which Messrs. Calvin & Breck have held the contract, no loss or detention has occurred on the route. Five schooners have been undergoing various repairs during the winter, and in a week or two, most, if not all, of them will be ready to launch. Cribs to the number of 120 have been constructed since the close of navigation, which, together with a number of timber drams built in the fall, are ready for despatch. A steam engine for pumping stranded vessels has been built during the year, and is prepared for operations whenever its services are necessary. Two hundred and sixty-eight hands have been constantly employed in the various departments during the winter. Seven new dwelling houses, most of them neat and substantial structures, have been erected in the course of the year, and all the tenements on the island are fully occupied. The population is now six hundred, being an increase of thirty-one over last year.
-The schooners Indian Maid, from Port Dalhousie, with 450 barells of plaster, and Sunshine, from Port Credit, with 35 cords of wood, arrived at Toronto on Thursday morning, being the first arrivals this season.