p.2 Canadian Shipping - The St. John Telegraph draws attention to a rather queer anomoly in Canadian shipping, and one which deserves the earnest attention of our shipowners. It appears that Mr. Plimsoll, who has gained for himself much notoriety by his attacks on unseaworthy vessels, has introduced a measure into the British Parliament having for its object a better classification of British merchant vessels, and this bill ignores completely the French and American Lloyds, whose classification is chiefly, if not entirely, in use in Canada. The consequence is that Canadian built ships will be under a very great disadvantage in the British markets, and efforts are even now on foot by the English agents of the Canadian builders to have such a modification of Mr. Plimsoll's Bill as will act less harshly upon our rising interests. In the extent of shipping, we rank next after the United States, and thus third of the nations of the world, and the reasonable course to be pursued would be to have an acknowledged register of our own. This the Telegraph suggests, and we hope it will find able advocates among our prominent shipowners. If an association were formed with the view of classifying Canadian shipping, none would gain more than the builders themselves. It is well known that complaints have often been made that vessels were ranked by American surveyors as of a second or third class, while others of not one wit better build or capacity but launched from the marine yards of Maine were set down as A-1. If we had a board of surveyors of our own, and if this board performed its duties with justice, there would be no difficulty in getting their classification acknowledged by the British Lloyds, and thus we should stand forth before the world as entitled in many respects to a better position than we now occupy. It is never too late to mend, and with the fame acquired in shipbuilding in Canada since the first boat was launched in 1797 on the Miramachi river, a new impetus would be given sufficient to increase our marine in every way both in value and importance. The subject is one which ought to command the earnest attention of shipbuilders and owners in every part of the Dominion.
The Royal Mail steamer Spartan passed up last evening for Toronto and Hamilton.
The schooner Richardson arrived today from Oswego. Her captain reports a difficult entrance to that port, and tug service at a premium.
The tug Glide left for Montreal last evening with the following barges: Guide, 5,232 bushels of peas; Glengarry, 15,286 bush. of wheat; Harvest, 14,712 bush. of do.; Wanda, 10,460 bush. of do.; Glow, 7,000 bush. of do.; Toledo, 20,370 bush. do.
Messrs. Coulthurst & Macphie despatched five barges last night for the same destination with 79,000 bush. grain and 133,000 staves.
The schooners Victoria and Ontario reached here yesterday from Toledo, grain laden.
The prop. Lake Ontario, from Detroit, also grain laden, discharged yesterday at Messrs. Holcomb & Stewart's wharf.
The tug Wren coaled yesterday at Messrs. Swift & Co.'s wharf, and made a pleasure tour of the harbour, with a full display of her colors.
The steamer Watertown has gone with raft timber to Prescott.
The Rideau Canal was opened yesterday. The "Mosquito fleet" are on the move.
It is reported that the Lachine Canal will not be opened till the 10th inst. We cannot accept the statement as reliable. Navigation will be resumed through this channel on Monday next most likely.
The Oswego harbor is clear of ice.
The Welland Canal - A few days ago there was a telegram published stating that "the water was so low in the Welland Canal that vessels of more than four feet draft could not pass."
The following telegram contradicts this statement:
Thorold, April 28th, 10 a.m. - Water thirteen feet seven inches on mitre sill of Port Dalhousie lock, Lake Ontario. Lakes eighteen inches higher than last fall and rapidly rising. - Respectfully yours, Wm. J. McAlpine.
A telegram from Cleveland, dated April 30th, says: The propellers Richmond and Tweed, that left Buffalo on the 29th, arrived here today. They followed the north shore, and encountered considerable ice until they reached Port Colborne, passing through a stretch of about twenty miles of almost solid ice.
Port Colborne, May 1st - Up: schr. New Dominion, barque British Lion, schrs. Monterey, Reindeer, Theressa, prop. Dromedary, props. Canada, Young America, City of Concord, schrs. J. Hartzell, Montpelier, Wm. H. Oades, Light Guard, Australia.
Down: schr. D. Powers, Detroit, Oswego, wheat and hoops; prop. Granite State, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Mary, Port Stanley, Oswego, wheat.
Generalities - A vessel named the Gleniffer and a tug named the Maggie R. Mitchell were launched this week at Welland.
The Straits of Mackinaw - The Sault Canal Open - Detroit, May 2nd - The Straits of Mackinaw are fully open. Several propellers passed down last evening. It is blowing a gale this morning from the north-east. The Sault Canal opened on the 5th (sic).
Cornwall, May 2nd - The steamer Renaud arrived at 9 o'clock last evening from Lachine. This is the first steamer from the East this season.
V.R.R. Line - The steamers comprising the Northern Transportation Company, or Vermont Central Railroad Line, have this season been divided into fleets - one known as the Lake Michigan Fleet, and the other as the Lake Erie Fleet. The former extend the trips from Ogdensburg to Chicago, touching daily at Detroit, Port Huron, Presque Isle, Cheboygan, Mackinaw, Glen Haven and Milwaukie, and is composed of fourteen first-class propellers, which for general appearance, elegance of furnishing, comfort and accommodation, courtesy of officials, and the attractions of steam navigation, are unsurpassed on the inland waters of the great lakes. The advantages of this line are fully represented in another column, and any additional information can be learned on application to Messrs. Folger and Hanly, the active and obliging agents at their office at the foot of Brock street.
p.3 Custom Imports - May 1st - Schr. Ontario, Toledo, Holcomb & Stewart, 17,515 bush. corn.
Str. Enterprise, Port Dalhousie, A. Macphie, 22,500 bush. corn.
Schr. Royal Oak, Oswego, D. Hagarty, 100 bbls. apples.