p.1 Marine News
Jones & Miller's wharf - schr. C. Gearing, Picton, 6,374 bush. wheat. The barge Alabama leaves tonight with 6,374 bushels wheat, 3,100 bushels corn, and 415 barrels flour.
Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - prop. Enterprise, Port Dalhousie, 22,385 bush. corn; schr. Camanche, Milwaukee, 18,000 bush. wheat; tug H.E. Bronson, 5 barges light, 1 with 155 tons pig iron; tug Glide, 4 barges light. Tug H.E. Bronson left with barges Cleveland, 19,491 bush. wheat; Glengarry, 16,620 bush. wheat; Arthur, 12,006 bush. wheat; Portland, 1,000 bush. wheat.
Messrs. James Swift & Co.'s wharf - str. Corinthian and prop. America passed up, and steamers Passport and Osprey passed down. Schooner Babineau and Gaudry left for Charlotte with iron ore. The tug S.S. Edsall coaled here this morning, and the barge Alabama is loading flour.
Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - tug Wren left with barges Lark, 18,500 bush. wheat; Swan, 18,000 bush. wheat; Annie, 14,500 bush. wheat; Finch, 12,500 bush. wheat.
The Propeller Africa - The new propeller Africa, which has just been completed by Messrs. William Power and Son, of Kingston, for John Proctor, Esq. of Hamilton, and Captain Paterson (sic - Patterson ?) of Kingston, arrived in port yesterday, and we can confidently pronounce her the "queen of all" afloat upon our waters. The Africa is built as large as the Welland Canal will permit of, and as far as model, material, skilful workmanship and finish are concerned, ranks first-class, and the builders as well as the owners have just reason to be proud of her. There are many new features introduced in her construction. Her planks are put on tabling - that is dovetailed one into the other, ensuring great strength and durability. The cabin is handsomely fitted up; in fact presents more the appearance of a Mississippi steamer than a lake propeller; it is entirely panelled work, and the graining is something very superior. About 40 passengers can be accommodated very comfortably. The engine and machinery were put in by the well-known firm of Messrs. Davidson & Doran, of Kingston. It is a low pressure condensing engine; cylinder 36 inch diameter, and 30 inch stroke. Captain Paterson, who will command the vessel, does not need one word of introduction to our readers, as he is known to almost everybody in Hamilton as one of the best and most obliging officers on the lakes. The Africa will, we think, be the fastest propeller afloat in Canada. She made splendid time on her trial trip up, notwithstanding that she was perfectly light, and for some hours had to contend against a storm. The first 8 miles after leaving Kingston was made in 40 minutes, and nearly as good time as this was made during the balance of the run to Hamilton. She belongs to the Merchants' Line. [Hamilton Times]
Quick Work - The schooner Otonabee, Captain Newcomb, arrived here yesterday morning with 232,000 feet lumber, discharged her cargo in five hours, every piece counted, and left port at 2 p.m. She was consigned to D.L. Couch. [Oswego Daily Times]
Double Topsails - Many of the largest vessels which are square-rigged forward are doing away with the old style of top sails, and in their stead adopting the double top-sail, which in more than one respect is by far the most convenient sail. It does away with the necessity of reefing in bad weather, which during the fall weather, is not only laborious, but hazardous.
St. Clair Flats Canal - The work of dredging the new channel at the St. Clair Flats commenced on Monday, the 16th, and until it is completed vessels will have to fall back on the old channel. To avoid any interruption from approaching vessels it is contemplated to have a few piers driven at the entrance to the new channel. The channel, as already announced, will be 200 feet wide and 16 feet deep. On each side of the roadway 25 feet will be undisturbed. Captains of steamers and vessels will bear the fact in mind. [Detroit Press]
Port Colborne, June 18th - Down: schr. Agnes, Dresden, St. Catharines, lumber; prop. Akron, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; prop. Brooklyn, Chicago, do.; schrs. Trade Wind, Black River, Toronto, stone; Heather Belle, Rondeau, Oswego, wheat; Wave Crest, Eagle Dock, Kingston, staves.
Up: schr. Northumberland, barque Republic, schrs. Cossack, Wilcox, Sweden, John S. Clark, Mary Grover, Fellow Craft, H. Wells, Yankee Blade, Rockaway.