p.1 Marine News
The schooner Richardson is loading 9,000 bushels of rye at Richardson's storehouse for Oswego.
The schooner Caledonia arrived yesterday, with 4,000 bushels of wheat and 2,500 bushels of peas for the Montreal Transportation Company.
The schooner Royal Oak is unloading a cargo of coal at Messrs. James Swift & Co.'s wharf.
The steamer Spartan and propellers City of Chatham, America and Georgian passed down yesterday.
The barge Grace is loading 5,000 bushels of barley at Swift and Company's wharf for Montreal.
The new propeller Africa will be launched on Saturday next, should her machinery be ready.
Mr. Lewis Shickluna, of St. Catharines, launched on Thursday the new barque Manzanilla and propeller Prussian, and on the same day laid the keel for a new propeller and barque on the stocks.
Mr. Simpson of St. Catharines has a new propeller nearly prepared for baptism.
Abbey, of Port Robinson, is about building two barques and one propeller.
The barque London is on Shickluna's dock at St. Catharines. The yacht Oriole is going on the railway at the same place for overhauling.
Chicago River - The Chicago river, from the elevator slips out, is being dredged so that vessels drawing 14 feet of water can go out, and those not drawing 12 feet can go within 30 and 40 feet of the piers. The Main and South Branch is to be dredged so that the average depth shall be 12 feet; the main depth of the North Branch is about 11 feet.
Port Colborne, May 3rd - Up - Schrs. Delos Dewolf, Rockaway, props. City of New York, Maine, schrs. Norway, Acontias.
Down - steam-barge Wm. Cowie, Port Huron, Ogdensburgh, lumber; schrs. Cossack, Toledo, Oswego, wheat and corn; Rutherford, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Ontario, Toledo, Kingston, staves; Trenton, Toledo, Oswego, corn; prop. Empire, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Guiding Star, Detroit, Oswego, wheat.
Port Colborne, May 3rd - The schooner Trenton is ashore some ten miles from here. A tug and the schooner Philo Bennett have gone to lighten her. She is loaded with grain.
p.2 Recovered - The schooner William Elgin, of Picton, which was driven ashore on the 27th of November last at Big Sandy Creek, about 30 miles below Oswego, was successfully taken off on Friday last by Mr. James Donnelly, superintendent of Messrs. Calvin and Breck's wrecking party, and steamer Hiram A. Calvin. The vessel had a cargo of 7,000 bushels of wheat and 40,000 feet of lumber, consigned from Hamilton to Oswego, most of which was received (recovered ?) during the winter months without incurring any damage to the schooner. The wheat was a total loss; but the lumber was nearly all saved, although injured to some extent by being saturated with water and sand. The accident was of that character, that the vessel was supposed to be a complete loss, but by the careful management of Mr. Donnelly's party, and also that of Capt. Anderson, of the Hiram A. Calvin, she was recovered in comparatively good condition. The captain of the Elgin desires to accord thanks to the Western and Provincial Insurance Companies for their courteous treatment towards him. The square pump (invested by Mr. Calvin) used on this occasion did splendid service, and Captain Collins avers that it has been unequalled in his experience - it is a superior machine beyond doubt. The schooner Elgin is undergoing repairs at this port, and will be ready for navigation in about two weeks.
Improvements In the Navigation of the St. Lawrence - Last year, says the Ogdensburgh Journal, a party of surveyors were employed in search of a new channel from the mouth of the canal at the Galloup Rapids to slack water, with a view of making improvements in the navigation of the River St. Lawrence. During the consideration of the estimates for public works, in the Dominion Parliament, the other day, Dr. Brouse, the member for Prescott, inquired particularly as to the intentions of the Commissioner of Public Works in relation to the improvement of the St. Lawrence from Galloup to Prescott. The Commissioner replied that the Government considered this an important matter; that the survey had given much satisfaction and would be continued, and that an appropriation for improving the navigation of this part of the St. Lawrence was included in the estimates. The plan, we understand, is to extend the piers from the present mouth of the canal to the upper end of Spencer's Island, thus furnishing a channel of sufficient depth along the north shore. The work will shorten the distance between Prescott and the present mouth of the canals by two miles, avoid the dangerous shoal above Chimney Island, and with the establishment of a lighthouse at Windmill Point, will make this part of the St. Lawrence, heretofore dangerous, safe at all hours of the day and night.