MEETING OF VESSEL OWNERS
On Monday evening the Chicago vessel owners held another meeting at the committee rooms of the Board of Trade to hear the report of the delegates at the Buffalo meeting. Several matters of interest came before the meeting, among which was the proposed outrageous tariff of charges for towing on the Detroit river. They were not aware of any action being taken to get the lake freights. The following is what the Bay City Chronicle says of freights: "Carriers are by no means satisfied with the present prospect of the lake business at the opening of navigation. A vessel owner who was interviewed yesterday by a reporter, said his information was to the effect that there was in Chicago and Milwaukee about one half the usual amount of grain in store, so that not a great deal of business will be afforded from that quarter. No charters are reported for the iron ore trade, but $2.50 is offered in that line to Cleveland. A large proportion of the lake fleet is below, and when these vessels come up, if neither the grain nor the iron business offers well they will seek lumber freight here. There would be a large quantity of lumber to go forward if the market was to open briskly, but the vessels that would be set loose, by a failure in the other trades mentioned, would soon use it up. Shippers are now offering $3 to $3.25 to Buffalo, and it is not satisfactory to carriers who do not report charters at these rates. If any are made there is some salt here to go forward, and shippers offer fifteen cents to Chicago, which is a low rate.
p.2 The Weather & The Ice - wind change has filled harbour with ice; Pierrepont did not attempt to cross today.
Boating - Mr. Henry Cunningham, with his usual enterprise, is already announcing his establishment for the summer season. Mr. C. has earned fame in the building of fast and handsome boats, both on the Upper Lakes and Ontario. During the season he will always have pleasure boats ready for those who may patronize him, and he promises that they will give every satisfaction.
The Picton - Capt. Smith of the steamer Picton is now with his vessel, in the Beauharnois Canal, (where she was frozen in last fall) getting her ready for the opening of navigation.
p.3 The Department of Marine and Fisheries have received information from the light-house keeper at Point au Pelee Island, on Lake Erie, that the first steamboat which has passed his station this spring was on the 18th inst. He also states that there is some sheet ice floating about. He commenced lighting on the evening of the 18th inst.