p.2 New Shaft For the Steamer Passport - The Magnet brought up the shaft for the steamer Passport last night. The men of Messrs. Davidson and Doran's Foundry were on hand an hour earlier than usual this morning, and the shaft has been taken thither, where about a week's work will be necessary on it (the men working day and night) before it can be transferred to the steamer. About another week will then suffice to put the shaft in its place and prepare the Passport for her regular trips; so that she will be ready to resume her place in the line in about two weeks.
Trial Trip of the Steamer Spartan - The new steamer Spartan was tried yesterday for the first time. About half past one she was hauled out of the Canal and proceeded down the river, the wind at the time blowing fresh from the North-east. The engine was not put in gear until after she had passed the iron buoy, and full pressure of steam was not given for some time after that. Nothwithstanding this, and with a fresh breeze against her, which lasted nearly all the way down, she accomplished the distance between the iron buoy, where the time was taken, and Varennes, in 49 minutes. Here she was put about, and, turning very easily and in a very narrow circle, she started to return. When abreast of Varennes Church time was again taken. She run the whole distance back against a current of about four miles an hour, and without the help of a fair breeze, the wind having fallen considerably, in an hour and five minutes. Between Varennes and Pointe aux Trembles the time was seventeen minutes, and from Long Point to the iron buoy thirty-two minutes. This shows a remarkably high rate of speed, the mean time being 57 minutes for a distance of fifteen miles, or at the rate of nearly sixteen miles an hour. There was a large supply of steam blowing off the whole way, with a pressure of 45 lbs. and the index showed 19 revolutions a minute. The frame of the engine was very steady, and none of the bearings heated, an inconvenience experienced in trial trips generally. The engines worked most satisfactorily. The ship is very steady on the water, with but slight vibration from the movement of the machinery. The day was one of the loveliest we have had this season. A few gentlemen interested in the company were on board, and expressed themselves as highly pleased with the result of the trial trip of the Spartan. [Montreal Herald]
Imports - 19,20.