p.2 Marine News
"Crossing on the ferry" in ice-boats is now fraught with considerable danger. They break in very often, and their trips are consequently made under some difficulty. Holes are visible in many places, and the channel is open for a great distance from Amherst Island down the river. The Pierrepont, which has been in readiness for some time will likely cut her way across to the islands. A few days will suffice to clear the harbour.
First Arrival - The schooner Caroline Marsh, Captain Colwell, from Port Hope, with a cargo of wheat for Irwin & Sloan, arrived at Oswego on April 6th. This is the first arrival by lake this season. The Caroline Marsh was the first vessel that arrived there last spring. It will be remembered that she was detained several days in the ice off that port. She arrived in the harbour on the 13th of April.
A telegram, received on Saturday, states that vessels will not move in the Welland Canal before the 15th or 16th.
A despatch from Port Dalhousie says the schooner Trinidad left at 4 o'clock on Monday for Oswego. Wind light.
The Straits - A late opening of the Straits of Mackinac is predicted.
Tidal Wave - Port Dalhousie, on the south side of Lake Ontario, was visited by a tidal wave on Saturday, which greatly alarmed the residents of that place. No damage was done, but a considerable quantity of dead fish was left upon the beach.
The Shipyard - The Marine Railway (Messrs. W. Power & Co.) presents a very busy aspect just now. The new propeller for Messrs. Captain Patterson (of Kingston) and Proctor (of Hamilton), which is constructed after the same design and in similar proportions to the propeller China, destroyed by fire near Nine Mile Point last autumn, will be ready for launching about the 1st of May. Her dimensions are 142 feet 10 inches long over all; extreme beam 26 feet 2 1/4 inches; depth of hold 11 feet 8 inches, and will be furnished with upper cabins, saloon, state rooms, and all the modern improvements. In addition to the propeller, the schooners China, Dashing Wave and M.L. Breck, tug Metamora and three barges, and steamer Queen are undergoing general overhauling. The new barge Rideau for Messrs. G. Chaffey & Co. is completed and ready for launching.
Meeting of Captains - A largely attended meeting of the captains and vessel owners was held in the "Royal Hotel" (Mr. J.P. Millar) last evening, at which the sailors' strike was vigorously discussed. After a lengthy debate, it was decided that first, second and third class, sailors be paid $2, $1.50 and $1 per day respectively on condition that they board themselves. A motion was also carried that male cooks be not paid more than $30 and females $20 per month. The captains are determined not to accede to the terms of the strikers, having full confidence in obtaining competent crews at less figures than demanded even if obliged to "import" hands.
The Sailors' Strike - The strike of the sailors for higher wages occasions a good deal of gossip and excitement among interested parties. The captains of vessels have taken measures to prevent the boarding of their craft by the strikers to induce any hands at work to quit employment, and join in the union. They have consulted counsel, and are ready at any intimidation or attempt of intimidation to prosecute to the extremity the law will permit.
p.4 Board of Trade - (part) "A length communication was read from Mr. T.C. Keeler, urging upon the Board the desirability of their representing to the Government the propriety of doubling the locks on the Welland Canal. The communication caused considerable discussion in which nearly all the members took part, ultimately it was referred to the Council to report."
Beauharnois Canal - discuss merits of building new canal on north side of St. Lawrence from Coteau Landing to Cascades instead of deepening present canal;
Harbor Improvements - "We regret to say this question did not meet with the approval of a majority of the Board, owing to the fact of its being looked upon as a local question, which should be dealt with by the imposition of harbour dues. Notwithstanding the ruling of the Board, your delegates are firmly of the opinion that Kingston harbour forms part of the general highway from the great west to the ocean, and should be dealt with by the Government as a Dominion work.
The proposed amendments in the laws relating to the registration of vessels, the importance of which was fully recognized, were carried unanimously."