p.1 Marine News
A change of wind has drifted the floating ice from the head of the river back into the harbour.
The ferry steamers are a little discommoded, but not obstructed in their regular trips.
Reports from Port Colborne state that the harbour and canal are clear of ice, and vessels are moving down.
Steamers are now running between Toronto and Niagara.
The demand for vessels this season promises to be good, and there are abundant indications of a brisk season's business and remunerative rates for freights.
Niagara harbour and river are free from ice since January. Navigation is opened. Several vessels have arrived from the lower ports.
Port Dalhousie, April 15th - The Scow Masters, from Oswego, reached here at 7 p.m. today, being the first vessel this season.
Crippled - The schooner Fleetwing, a Canadian vessel, which was taken to Lake Erie on Monday by the steamer Favorite, en route to Toledo, after letting go of the tug and making the usual preparations for sailing onward, discovered that she was crippled owing to the centre-board being frozen and the box full of ice. She narrowly escaped going ashore, but was rescued in time by the tug and taken to an anchorage.
Chicago, April 12th - Lake freights were inactive and nominally unchanged. Carriers asked 16 cents to Buffalo or Port Colborne, 21 cents to Oswego, and 21 1/2 cents to Kingston, for corn sail. There was no inquiry but shippers are nominally bidding 1 cent less than asking rates.
The Lake and River Navigation Company vessels promise to figure largely in the trade of this port and on the route between Montreal and Chicago. The propeller Lake Ontario will leave Hamilton for the Welland Canal and Chicago this week, light. The Osprey, sidewheel, sails for Montreal with general cargo next week. The vessel will run between Hamilton and Montreal during the season. The propeller Canada is nearly ready to sail, and will leave for Chicago, light, in a few days to take her place on the route between that city and Montreal. The propeller Dromedary of this Company's line is nearly ready for sea. The propeller City of Chatham, belonging to this Company is lying at Zealand's wharf having her cabins considerably enlarged. She will be ready to sail in a few days.
The propeller Lake Michigan, one of the finest of the line, is out fitting at Cornwall.
Mr. Bonner's steam tug boat, the Ellen Jeffers, formerly of Kingston, has been repaired and refitted at Belleville.
The two propellers now being built at Hamilton for Captain Fairgrieve are progressing rapidly. They are of the full Welland Canal capacity and are designed to run on the route between Montreal and Chicago, calling at this and other prominent Lake Ontario ports. One of these vessels will be ready to launch about the beginning of May.
The propeller now being built at Chatham for Captain Malcolmson is also in a very forward state and will soon be ready to take her place on the route between Montreal and Chicago, calling at Lake Ontario ports. She is similar to the propeller Acadia.
The ferry boat Prince Edward will make her first trip today from Belleville to the adjoining county, two days earlier than last season, when she began running on the 18th.
The Canadian Navigation Company will run the usual complement of steamers, forming a daily line of first class steamers to and from Montreal and Quebec and intermediate ports, and Toronto and Hamilton via this port.
The Bay of Quinte is not yet entirely clear. There is some ice at Mill Island, thence it is clear to about two miles east of the town of Belleville. The first westerly wind will break up this rotten ice. Big Bay is said to be nearly clear.
The schooner Lumina still remains in the ice in Big Bay, where she has been all winter, having been caught at that place when the bay froze last season.
The steamer Rochester is expected to run in about ten days. She made her first trip last year on the 28th of April.
The propeller Indian, of the Western Express Line, now at Hamilton, will sail for Montreal, with a cargo of flour, as soon as the St. Lawrence canals are open.
The propeller City of Montreal has been chartered to run between Sarnia, Collingwood and Duluth this season.
The water in Belleville harbour is now fully two feet higher than it was last season. A strong current now sweeps past the lower wharves.
The Cornwall Canal - A telegram from Cornwall, dated 16th inst., announces that the water was to be run off the Cornwall Canal that night for the purpose of making the necessary repairs. The canal will not be ready for navigation till about the 1st of May. The River St. Lawrence is clear of ice.
Steamer St. Helen - It will be remembered that last season the steamer St. Helen, belonging to the line of Mr. McCuaig of Picton, after being sunk in the Gallop Rapids, was attempted to be raised, but without success. The engines were removed and the hull abandoned as lost. Within a few days, however, a rise has taken place in the waters of the St. Lawrence, and the old battered hulk floated off into an eddy below the rapids. On learning this intelligence, Captain Smith, her former commander, started for the scene of action, with the intention of recovering the lost vessel, which will probably be turned into a barge if the captain's mission prove successful.
Boat Models -One who signs himself "Life at any cost," in the columns of the St. Catharines News, finds fault with the general construction of boats, especially steamers and propellers of the model and build of the present day. Give attention to his remarks: "Last year the Kingston was burnt near Brockville. Had that burning taken place on Lake Ontario, not one soul would have lived to tell the tale. The same might be said of the two other boats, the China and Dalhousie. Was the loss of these boats accident, or gross negligence? We term it the latter, for who would place a piece of punk near a heated brand, and not look for it to take fire? Are not all of our boats, engines, boilers and smoke-stacks encumbered with wood-works? Even the bulkheads are in such close proximity that, no matter what may be the exertions of the crew, there is no means of getting at the fire. A few less rooms for passengers, and a few less tons of freight, would prevent such loss. We think that, no matter what steps may be taken by the English parliament, ours should at once see to passing laws that will prevent losses by fire and flood."
p.2 Collapsed - The sailors' strike is virtually at an end. The league held out unti circumstances forced them to bow in humiliation to the offer of a reduction on the rate of wages fixed at their public meeting. Several vessels have shipped their crews at $1.25 and $1.50, and it is said there will be many glad of employment at still lower figures before their services will be urgently required.
Signal Drum - Some of the leading shipping points, communicated with by the Meteorological Department, have at the latter's request, erected the flag-staff and such apparatus required for exhibiting the new weather-drum to be used as signals of approaching storms. There is immediate haste necessitated in the matter, and the committee on Wharves and Harbours of this city should lose no time in furnishing the same wants as needed for this port, for use at the resumption of navigation on the lake.
Steamer Maud - The owners of this beautiful boat (Messrs. Folger, Nickle & Co.) are giving her a complete overhauling. Her engines, which are constructed on a new principle, combining high and low pressure, were a failure as an experiment, have been removed, and are being replaced by new machinery from Messrs. Davidson and Doran's Foundry. Her feather-paddles are being also replaced by the ordinary buckets. She is receiving several alterations, all of which tend to her improvement. What a splendid boat for the Cape Vincent route?
p.3 Custom Imports - April 16th - str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent (with cargo list)