THE ST. LAWRENCE CANALS
The following circular has been sent to a large number of business men:
"The question of the enlargement of the St. Lawrence Canals being now under consideration, it has been deemed advisable to invite Boards of Trade, shipowners, forwarders, and persons directly interested, to give information and state their views on the following points:
"1st - What is the cost of transporting grain per bushel direct from ports on the upper lakes to Montreal by sailing vessels of from 300 to 500 tons burden, and by propellers of a like carrying capacity; also the cost per bushel in each case, and difference in time if the grain is transhipped at Kingston and delivered at Montreal by barges?
"2nd - What would be the probable cost of transportation of grain per bushel from ports on the upper lakes to Montreal direct by sailing vessels of 1,000 tons burden, and by propellers of a like capacity; also the cost per bushel in each case, and difference in time likely to be occupied, if the grain be transhipped at Kingston and delivered at Montreal by barges?
"3rd - The Welland Canal being now in progress of enlargement to a bottom width of 110 feet, and a depth of 13 feet, at least sectional area 1,6388 feet, locks 270 feet long between the gates, and 45 feet wide, with a depth of 12 feet water on the sills; would the interests of commerce, in your opinion, warrant an expenditure of Ten Millions of Dollars, or more, in making the canals between Prescott and Montreal of like dimensions?
"A reply, by the 21st instant, if possible, would oblige.
John Page, Chief Engineer Public Works
Ottawa, 12th March, 1874.
YACHTING ON THE LAKES
A meeting of the International Yacht Association was held in Detroit Wednesday evening, and the subject, prospects of yachting on the lakes, discussed. Correspondence was read from Captain A. Shaw, United States Consul at Toronto, owner of the fast yacht Ida, which carried off the champion flag at the last Put-In-Bay regatta. A series of regattas during the coming summer, commencing in Detroit, during the middle of June, or the 20th of July, and following in quick succession at Toledo, Put-In-Bay and Cleveland; and a series of regattas on Lake Ontario between the 1st and 25th of September. Upon this arrangement he promised the presence of several of the fastest Canadian yachts, and had no doubt that the regatta would prove the most successful ever held on the lakes. The Canadian yachtsmen would offer liberal prizes for the contests on Lake Ontario.
Commodore Barker announced that Mr. Godwin, of New York, had presented through him to the Association a magnificent silver cup, to be contested for and held as a prize by the winning yacht until lost in some succeeding contest. This cup is known as the Queen's Cup, and was presented by Queen Victoria to the American yacht Sylvie, of New York, the winner in the Royal Yacht Regatta at Cowes in 1853. This is a very handsome cup and cost $230. It is second only in beauty and value to the cup won by the yacht America in the English regatta last year. The cup was left in New York to be provided with a case, and is expected here within a few days. It will form an attractive prize for the regatta this summer, and will, no doubt, under the circumstances, be eagerly striven for by our Canadian friends.
p.2 The Ice Gone - in harbor, but packed between Wolfe and Amherst Islands.
The Ferry - On Saturday the steamer Pierrepont left the harbour and managed to reach the Island in safety. The ice was easily broken, and no damage was done to the steamer. This forenoon she again started for the Cape, taking the passengers around the foot of Wolfe Island. There is a quantity of drift ice in the river, but no difficulty is anticipated in making the trips, which will now be regular. During the winter the boats have been generally repaired, and the Maud and Pierrepont will, we doubt not, be as much patronized this summer as they were last. We hope the popular proprietors will continue their cheap trips to the other side, as it is a great relaxation for our merchants and others to take an afternoon's rest during the heated term.
Port Hope, March 21st - The steamer Norseman has been thoroughly overhauled during the winter, and will commence running to Charlotte on Monday morning. The ice is out of the harbour at Charlotte and at this port.
p.4 The Norfolk - The Picton Gazette says: "The steamer Norfolk is being refitted and will be ready to sail as soon as the ice moves. Captain Owens expects to reach Belleville towards the end of the present month, or at farthest by the 4th of April. Judging from the weather prospects just now, we believe he will do it.
Bay Steamers - It is stated that, in addition to the Norfolk, the Shannon (which is the John Greenway rebuilt) will ply between Bay ports this season. We learn of this arrangement with satisfaction, as there is plenty of trade for both boats, which will form a daily line, thus affording Prince Edward farmers access to the Belleville market, undeniably the best in the district. Sellers will find comfortable accommodation in our splendid market house, and the demand is steady and sales certain at best prices. [Picton Gazette]