p.2 Marine Intelligence
The ice on the Beauharnois Canal has at last succumbed, and navigation is now thoroughly opened on the St. Lawrence. The tug Bronson, with a tow of barges, was the first boat through. This will give an impetus to the grain trade.
Jones & Miller - The barges Frontenac and Odessa left on Saturday afternoon with 37,400 bushels wheat.
St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Company - schr. Eliza Quinlan arrived from Port Hope wth 8,668 bushels spring wheat.
Montreal Transportation Company - The propeller Columbia lighted 4,107 bushels wheat and proceeded down the river; schr. Hannah Butler, from Cobourg, 7,594 bushels wheat; schr. M.C. Cameron, Kincardine, 16,275 bushels wheat.
James Swift & Co. - The propeller Europe passed down, and the Corsican passed up, this being the first boat from Montreal. The propeller Lake Michigan coaled.
Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - schr. Garibaldi, Port Hope, 8,300 bush. wheat; schr. Nellie Sherwood also arrived here.
The steamer Pierrepont is now on the ways at the shipyard, getting overhauled, and the damage done to her in breaking through the ice repaired.
Somewhat Gloomy - The Chicago Times of a recent date says: - The low figures offered by shippers for vessels are naturally regarded with considerable dissatisfaction by vessel men, who are now beginning to realize that the season now opening promises to be unusually dull and unprofitable. The outlook for the grain, iron ore and lumber movement exhibits little or no encouragement and unless there is a general revival of business and an active summer in the different branches of trade in which vessel property is more or less interested, there is every reason to believe that the supply of vessel room will far exceed the demand. The number of new crafts built during the past winter was exceedingly large, and judging from the reports from all quarters the fleet at the present writing is larger and in better condition than at any previous time in the nautical history of the lakes.
Wanted - There is much need of a custom house official in East Tawas to attend to the arrival and clearances of steamers and vessels. Vessels taking their departure for ports below are not infrequently at a loss as to the course to be pursued in such cases and are under the necessity of calling at Detroit for the requisite information. Both East and West Tawas are getting to be ports of considerable importance.
Bois Blanc and Bar Point Lights and Buoys - Captain Alex. McDougall returned yesterday afternoon from Malden, where, for the last three weeks, under his personal supervision, the work of establishing lightship and buoys has been going. Capt. McDougall says, in explanation, that the first middle ground is 3 1/3 miles S. by W. from Bois Blanc light. On this middle ground there is 13 3/4 feet of water, where a large can buoy will be stationed. The lightship is to be stationed upon the outer shoal, which is 3 1/10 miles S. 1/4 W. from Bar Point, at which place there is 14 feet of water. The lights to be shown from the lightship in the night time will be green above white; and the day time a large red ball will be exhibited to distinguish her from all surrounding objects. In foggy weather a triangle will be sounded at regular intervals.
The ranges over the lime kilns will be stationed upon the main land, just above the Canadian Southern Railway ferry. The range stake will be high, painted white below and red above. A signal on Norvell's dock to show unusually low water will be three green lights at night and a large red flag in the day time. [Detroit Post]
Harbour of Refuge On Lake Huron - The contractors for the Harbour of Refuge are pushing the work on their contract with all possible vigour. They have over 100 men at work, and their operations will tell before the season closes. The damage done to their works last fall by the storm will render it necessary to double their diligence this season to get the amount of work finished this summer that their contract calls for. [Jeffersonian]
The Lighthouse Service - A splendid steamer for the lighthouse service has just been completed for the United States Government at Philadelphia, and will arrive in Detroit some time in May. Her duties will be similar to those of the Haze, now there, but soon to be transferred to the Tenth District, which includes Lake Erie eastward, with the River St. Lawrence. The new boat will be confined to the Eleventh District, which takes in Belle Isle, on the Detroit River, and all points westward.
Stake Out Of Place - At first complaints were made because the stakes and lights at the Flats were not there, and now they are not correctly placed. It is said the stake at the Elbow is too far up, and that there are hardly any stakes where they should be to denote the best water. [Detroit Post]
Port Colborne, May 2nd - Down: brig Emery, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; schr. Maria Shaft, Port Ryerse, Stonebridge, lumber; prop. Lawrence, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.
Up: barge H. Benson, Collinsby, Bear Creek, light; C. Russell, do., do., do.; G. Mantro, do., do., do.; tug Metamora, do., do., do.; schrs. Marco Polo, Toronto, Cleveland, light; Paragon, do., do., do.; Undine, Hamilton, Dresden, do.; Fanny Campbell, Kingston, Toledo, do.; M.R. Goffe, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, do.
In Harbour - schr. Regina, prop. St. Lawrence arrived at 7 o'clock this morning, being the first arrival from Chicago.
The fleet all left this morning.