p.2 Royal Mail Line - The fine steamer Kingston left her berth at the Atlantic wharf yesterday evening at 6 o'clock, on her first upward trip, with fifteen cabin passengers and about the same number on deck. A large crowd assembled on the wharf to see her off.
The Shipping - The shipcarpenters, caulkers, and painters have finished their labours in rendering seaworthy and decorating the old steamers and sail craft laid up here during the winter, and the wharves and shipyards just now present a rather dull appearance. Nearly all the sail vessels and several of the steamers have begun their trips, and the shipping business of the season has fairly commenced. The season has opened dull, and will probabably remain so for some weeks, but many of the boatmen and forwarders anticipate a large freight business as the season advances, and expect remunerative prices for transportation. Others, however, are not so sanguine, believing that the reimposition of the canal tolls will divert a large share of the trade from Canadian to American ports. There have been few arrivals the past few days, and there has consequently been little activity on the docks.
Clearances:- The following vessels cleared yesterday:- Schooners Trade Wind, Toronto, 113 cords wood; Great Western, Port Dalhousie, light; G.C. Wheeler, Chatham, do.
Tonnage Dues on Canadian Vessels in American Ports - The Quebec Mercury remarks:- "Stateements which have appeared in Upper Canada with regard to an alleged imposition of tonnage dues on Canadian vessels, arriving in American lake ports, are engaging the attention of the administration, and steps have been taken to ascertain the precise circumstances in the cases to which public attention has been directed. The fact that such dues have in some instances been exacted is, we believe, undoubted; but the grounds on which the exaction has been enforced are as yet imperfectly understood. In some quarters on the other side of the border, the claim to these dues is made to rest upon the reciprocity treaty. So far as the merits of the matter are known, however, we learn that the opinion of the provincial authorities is, that such dues are contrary to treaty stipulations, and must be abandoned on a representation of the facts to the Washington government. The bearings of the case will in all probability be fully ascertained within a few days."
We are glad to see that the government have set themselves so speedily about inquiring into the imposition complained of. (6 more lines unreadable because of binding of volumn)
p.3 Imports - 29,30.
Collision On the Lake - Milwaukee, April 20th - The propeller Bradbury, Capt. McNally, which arrived here this morning from Cleveland, collided, when off Sheboygan, with the schooner Barney Eaton, of Chicago, bound down for a cargo of wood. She was cut partially in two by the collision, which made her turn on her side, when she filled and sunk. The crew were taken to Sheboygan. The propeller, which is considerably damaged about the stem, is on the dry dock for repairs. The schooner was valued at about $2,500.