p.2 Improvement of the Harbour - an editorial of the politics involved. Will it be improved or not?
Messrs. Jones and Miller's wharf - The schooners Annie Minnes and Homeward Bound are unloading into barges 18,000 bushels of wheat.
Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie's wharf - No arrivals or departures.
Montreal Transportation Company's wharf: Arrived - The schooner Ocean Wave, from Toronto, 5,221 bushels of wheat.
Messrs. James Swift and Company's wharf - The propeller America passed down, and the steamer Magnet and propeller Dominion up, the former on her first trip this season. The new propeller China left for St. Catharines on Saturday evening. The steamer Corsican will pass upwards from Montreal to Hamilton this evening.
Messrs. Holcomb and Stewart's wharf - Nothing to report.
Portsmouth Marine Railway - The propeller St. Lawrence was launched from the ways on Thursday; the elevator Orb (Coulthurst & Macphie's) will be launched from the ways this afternoon. Both have been undergoing repairs. The schooners Bermuda and H.B. Rathbun are hauled out for caulking.
The Canals - Telegrams received this morning state the depth of water in the Cornwall canal to be eight feet nine inches, and in the Beauharnois canal nine feet. Barges and propellers are directed not to load lower than eight feet, but half a foot deeper is considered quite safe.
The Steamer Osprey - This steamer, which passed down with a full load of flour, is reported to be lost, having struck on her passage down the St. Lawrence and sunk. The rumour is believed by some to be a canard. No particulars can be obtained relative to her safety from Montreal or Toronto.
The St. Helen - Respecting the loss of the steamer St. Helen we have been able to learn but a few more particulars, which are as follows: A telegram from the operator at Coteau Landing states that the vessel is likely to prove a total wreck, lying as she does in a very bad position. There were no passengers on board, and the cargo, as stated, is safe. The cargo consists of 140 barrels of flour from James Canniff; 146 ditto from H. Corby & Son; 6 barrels potash from James Glass, Belleville; and 63 boxes of eggs for Ogdensburg; also 200 barrels of flour shipped at Trenton, and 7 horses at Kingston. We are unable to ascertain whether or not the vesse was insured.
Grain Shipments - The Chicago Inter Ocean announces the departure of a fleet of steam and sail vessels from Chicago, carrying nearly one million bushels of grain, principally corn.
The Barge Business of Chicago - Owing to the construction of a number of this class of vessels their increase during the coming season will be largely augmented. There were last season, as near as estimated, 135 barges employed in the lumber, ore, and other trades, including those propelled by steam. The number this season will be increased about 72 and the tonnage over last year about 10,000. During the past winter quite a number of sail vessels were transferred into barges, and they are included in the above estimate.
Port Colborne, May 4th - Down - Steam barge Mary Pringle, Ogdensburg, lumber; propeller Brooklyn, Detroit to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steam-barge Glasgow, Bay City to Ogdensburg, lumber; barque Mariner, do., do.; schrs. New Dominion (of Picton), Toledo to Kingston, corn; J.G. McGrath, do., do.; J.B. Penfield, Detroit to Oswego, wheat; Portland, Detroit to Ogdensburg, lumber; Valentine, Toledo to Kingston, wheat; Antelope, Toledo to Kingston, corn; N.Y. Emery, do., do.; Magdalen, do., do.; Light Guard, Detroit to Oswego, wheat; Wm. Raynor, Toledo to Kingston, corn; Bismarck, do., do.; Republic, Detroit to Ogdensburg, lumber; barque F.B. Rice, Toledo to Oswego, corn; schrs. Albatross, Toledo to Kingston, corn and wheat; Volunteer, Toledo to Cape Vincent, corn; J.E. Gilmour, Toledo to Oswego, corn; Northern Belle, do., do.; Timothy, Baker Couch.
Up - Cape Horn, Oswego to Toledo, salt. Wind north. The ice moved off this morning. All the up fleet have left. The schooner Russel Dart, wheat laden for Oswego, while coming into harbour struck into a cake of ice, knocking a hole in her bow. She sank between the piers in shallow water. Subsequently the hole was stopped up, and the vessel pumped out, and taken to the elevator, where she is now discharging. There is expected to be 4,000 or 5,000 bushels damaged.
Another Marine Accident - The propeller Dominion of the Merchants' Line, while on her way from Montreal to Toledo, yesterday, struck in the Beauharnois Canal, which stove a large hole in her bow, admitting water freely. She continued her passage as far as this port, when a diver was secured and the leak caulked so as to allow the propeller to proceed to St. Catharines, to be hauled out on the dry dock for repairs.
Collision - A serious collision on Saturday between the tug Lady Franklin and an unknown schooner bound up. The vessel was under sail with a stiff breeze; the tug was running at full speed, light. The force of the concussion was so severe as to displace the tug's boiler, open her covering board about three inches, and do sundry other damage.
Garden Island, May 6th - The schooner O.S. Storrs arrived on Saturday evening from Hamilton with staves. The schrs. H.B. Rathbun and Sweet Home, are discharged today. The H.B. Rathbun is leaking badly is going to Portsmouth for repairs.
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p.3 article on schooner Olivia repeated, only this time attributed to [Napanee Beaver]