p.2 The Royal Mail Line - The steamers of the Canadian Inland Navigation Company's Royal Mail Line, lying in port, which exhibit such a marked improvement in their spring coat of paint, etc., are nearly ready for a start. The Corsican will likely start for Prescott on Tuesday next, the 29th inst., to be followed on Wednesday by the Spartan. They will then make a trip westward, so that one can be prepared to start from Hamilton downwards for Montreal on the 1st of May.
Regular Trips - The ferry steamers, which have been plying somewhat irregularly since the opening of navigation, will henceforth run at the same hours as adopted by them in the time table of last year. The Cape Vincent boat leaves each morning at 7 o'clock, and in the afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, to connect with the Rome and Watertown Railway Company's trains. The first boat for Gananoque left this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
The Marine Railway - Messrs. Captain Paterson (sic - Patterson ?) & Proctor's propeller, to replace the China, is nearly finished, so far as ship-carpentering is concerned, and should the engineers be sufficiently advanced with their work to permit of it, she may possibly be launched the latter part of the present week. Her principal of construction, for substantiability and durability, will entitle her to rank as one of the best steamers on the lakes, and the workmanship of which will sustain the reputation of the builders, Messrs. William Power & Co. By a system of "tabling" the planking are so jointed that for strength it has no equal; and this strength is enhanced by the insertion of more than the average amount of iron bolting. Her staunchions, supports, decks, cabin (extending almost from stem to stern, and beautifully panelled) etc., are of the best model and material. The engines and boiler are more powerful than those used in the China, and for the superiority of the machinery we need only name the manufacturers - Messrs. Davidson and Doran. The propeller will be full Welland Canal size, her capacity being 17,500 bushels of grain, - 1,000 bushels less than carried by the late China, in consequence of her bow having been made more pointed. Altogether she will be a very pretty boat. (prop. Africa - ed.)
A False Step - It was a most suicidal policy on the part of the resident mariners of this port to determine on a "strike," as such a false step was the immediate ruination of whatever hopes buoyed them up of a prosperous season. Had they been less demonstrative they might have fared better; but the news of the unprecedented opportunity for high wages induced scores of sailors to take passage for Kingston, and now there are more than can find employment.
The Garden Island Assault - On Saturday the case of James Lequier vs James McGinnes, assault, was heard before the Magistrate at the Police Court. The defendant is a brawney, muscular, young descendant of a Glengarry Scotchman, who, on the day previous to the occurrence referred to, had been indulging to an illiberal extent in "something warm," and in a noisy state of intoxication entered the cabin in which about twenty persons were seated at rest after their day's toil, and engaged in social conversation on Garden Island. McGinnes seized a stone mason's hammer, and ordered the room to be cleared. His threatening movements caused some of the men to beat a hasty retreat, but Lequier not making his exit as speedily as he thought he should, McGinnes struck him a blow with the hammer on the left arm, fracturing the bone near the elbow. The defendant was fined $10 and costs.
p.3 Marine News
The propeller reached port this morning about 11 o'clock. She left Port Colborne on Saturday evening with 22,000 bushels of grain. She made a quick passage down the lake until arriving at Nine Mile Point. She met with great difficulty in pushing ahead through the ice. Her movements were visible from the city. The captain reports the ice off Wolfe Island to be fully two feet thick, through which the boat found it almost impossible to cut a channel, the blocks of "congealed water" piling up about the propeller sometimes six feet high. He passed quite near several other steam and sailing craft, which were working their way to open water (some bound up, some down) but could make but very slow progress.
The Northern Transportation Company's propellers succeeded in forcing themselves through; they are due westward.
The tug Matamoras left with three barges for Toronto yesterday. They got stuck in the ice, but will likely push ahead, now that a breach has been effected in the ice-bridge.
The schooner Edward Blake sailed from the Grand Trunk wharf for Hamilton yesterday with a cargo of iron.
The ferry steamer is running between Belleville and Prince Edward County.
The steamer Picton is expected down from Trenton and Belleville on Saturday.
The steamer Norfolk, running on the Bay of Quinte has had new paddle wheels of larger dimensions than those by which she was propelled last season. It is expected that this alteration will increase her speed materially.
The schooners Lumina and Alma, after some difficulty, succeeded in forcing a passage through the ice in Big Bay on Saturday. The former vessel is bound from Belleville for Oswego, with barley. The latter goes to Mill Point for repairs.
The steamer Rochester which has during the past winter undergone a complete outfitting, much to her improvement, is expected to make her first trip to Belleville on Saturday.
Yesterday the new schooner built last winter by Messrs. Calvin & Breck, Garden Island, was launched from their shipyard. She is a fine looking craft, of the full size of the Welland Canal. She was christened the Norway, and is a sister boat to two others of their fleet - the Sweden and Denmark.
The N.T. Company's propeller Oswegatchie arrived from Cleveland at 7 p.m. yesterday. She reports at Port Colborne large fields of ice from Port Stanley down, but a clear channel on the north shore. Vessels here will make a start on the first favourable wind.
Port Dalhousie, April 21st - The canal opened officially today, but owing to a scarcity of water on the level, between here and St. Catharines, there were no lockages made. The arrivals up to eight o'clock this p.m. are the propellers City of Toledo, Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Maine; schooners G. Mollinson, Pandora, J.G. Rogers, Garibaldi, Meteor, Maumee Valley, and Annie Craig, and barques Celilia (Cecilia ?) and Cavalier. The propeller Enterprise is the only vessel which has gone out. Locking will probably begin tomorrow morning. Wind light, from north-west. There was a light fall of snow this p.m. There is no ice in sight.
Cornwall, April 21st - Repairs on the Cornwall Canal are not yet completed. Navigation will probably open about the 28th of April.
Brighton, April 21st - The ice has left Presque Isle Bay. Vessels can now get to the docks. The schr. Mary Taylor is loading grain at McCallum's wharf.
(Cooper's Marine Report)
Port Colborne, April 21st - Passed down: Propellers Oswegatchie, Toledo to Ogdensburg, with general cargo. The schooner Montauk left for Chicago. The fleet wintered here are waiting for the ice to move before making a start. Wind north-west, with flurries of snow. Ice coming back.
p.4 Custom Imports - April 19th - str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent (gives cargo list)