p.2 Marine Notes
There was a strong breeze blowing down the lake this morning, and the water being considerably higher than last year, it is running over the wharves in the more exposed places.
The St. Lawrence Canals will not be opened before the 1st of May, so that forwarders will have good tows ready by the time they can get away, which will probably be about the middle of next week. The following arrivals are reported:
G.M. Millar & Co. - schr. Caledonia, from Cobourg, with 7,600 bush. wheat.
St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - schr. Caroline Marsh, Port Hope, 15,531 bush. spring wheat; Marquis, Toronto, 22,664 (29,664 ?) bush. wheat; Eliza Quinlan, Port Hope, 8,669 bush. peas. The Marquis has brought the largest cargo of grain which ever entered Kingston harbour. She is a big three masted schooner, and was originally intended for a lumber barge, but has now been fitted up as a grain vessel.
The schrs. London and Bismarck were towed out from Garden Island last night on their passage up the lake.
There is still a large quantity of ice above Cape Vincent, and the steamers of the Northern Transportation Co. are unable to go up. Several of these started from Ogdensburg, but had to remain over at the Cape.
The schooners Picton and Peerless are at Cobourg and are ready to sail as soon as the prospects brighten up a little.
The steamer Peerless, which was moored at the wharf at the Park, on the ice going out, immediately sunk. The cause of the disaster is not known. Steps have been taken to immediately raise and repair her.
A telegram from the Straits says the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinaw are clear this morning to a point four miles west of Sheboygan, but from there for about ten miles towards Mackinaw, the ice is solid and teams are crossing. At Old Mackinaw the ice is rotten and open in places. From all appearances navigation will not be open much before the first of May.
At Sault Ste. Marie no change has taken place. Teams are crossing safely.
The Bay of Quinte & Oswego Navigation Company are fitting up their steamers at Napanee for the summer business, and will next week commence their regular trips, the Oswego Belle leaving on Monday for Belleville, where she will leave on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for Oswego, calling at all points on the Bay, and Kingston, arriving in Oswego on Wednesday morning, leaving there on return trip same evening and will leave Belleville every week thereafter on Tuesdays and Fridays at the same hour. In addition to her regular trips the Oswego Belle will leave Oswego every Saturday for a trip to the Thousand Islands and Camp Ground, calling at Kingston on her way there and back. [Express]
Port Colborne, April 20th - Up - schr. Jamaica, Oswego, Milwaukee, salt; sloop Phantom, Buffalo, Port Colborne, via Port Robinson; schr. Guiding Star.
The Kincardine will be ready to follow soon after the Belle. She will commence her regular trips from Belleville on Sunday evening next, and every Sunday thereafter, for all Bay ports and Oswego, arriving at Oswego on Monday. She will leave Oswego the same evening for Toronto and Hamilton, and return to Oswego again on Friday morning, leaving again in the evening for Kingston and Bay ports. [Napanee Express]
The steamers Norfolk and Shannon will ply between Napanee, Picton and Belleville on alternate days during the season, the Norfolk leaving Napanee early next week.
Several vessels are being loaded with timber at Wallaceburg, Ontario for Quebec. There seems to be a better show for "timber drivers" than there has been in several years.
The ice in Picton harbour is still solid, and there are no indications of an opening before the first of May.
Yesterday there were three steamers and five schooners stuck in the ice opposite Tippett's Point, near Cape Vincent.
Captain Campbell has arrived in town to take command of the Rochester for the ensuing season. He expects to make a start on or about Monday next.
The Maud will probably make a start tomorrow.
The tug Robb, which towed the schooners Marquis and Eliza Quinlan into Kingston last night, is a historic boat, having been engaged in the Fenian raid of 1868. She conveyed the Welland Field Battery of Artillery to Fort Erie on that occasion.