p.2 The Island Ferry - A numerously and influentially signed petition is to be presented to the Messrs. Folgers this afternoon requesting them to make such arrangements in the running of the ferry boats to Wolfe Island as will permit business men and others so disposed to make a trip to the island and back at a later hour than was customary last season. Messrs. Folger are always ready to oblige the public, and we feel certain that if they can do so in this particular case they will only be too happy.
There are no arrivals to report this morning at any of the forwarding docks, as it appears the Welland Canal is not properly clear of ice yet.
The tug W.T. Robb coaled this morning at Swift's dock previous to leaving for Toronto with the schrs. Marquis and Bentley. This latter vessel is the one which went ashore last fall with about 800 tons of coal aboard. She was brought up from Prescott this morning.
The schooners Richardson and Laurel ? left Richardson's wharf this morning with barley for Oswego, the former with 8,500 bushels and the latter with 3,000 bushels. This is the first shipment of grain from Kingston this season.
The B.W. Folger was towed up to the Marine Railway this morning to be hauled out for repairs. Captain Fraser does not expect to start for a couple of weeks yet.
It is estimated that freight room has already been engaged at Chicago for about 1,700,000 bushels of grain.
The ice in Saginaw Bay offers no serious resistance to the passage of boats, and navigation is now considered fairly open.
Of the forty seven grain laden vessels in Chicago harbour, and the forty in Milwaukee harbour, most are now bending canvas, and forty-eight hours after the news of the opening of the Straits is received all will be ready to sail.
Sailors' wages at Chicago are reported at $1.25 to $1.50 per day, and men plenty at that. The schooner Delaware recently shipped a crew at Cleveland and paid $1.25 per day.
Vessel masters are requested to keep a good look-out this spring for some signs of the wreck of the ill-fated schooner Windiate, which was supposed to have gone down at the lower end of Lake Michigan last fall. A relative of one of the victims makes the suggestion. It is possible some portions may be afloat or extend above water, but it is quite probable she went down in deep water.
The Ice On Lake Erie - The propeller Fred. Kelly arrived at Erie on Sunday evening. Her captain reports that the ice he encountered is rotten and easily broken. The schooner Corsican got stuck in the ice coming down, but succeeded in getting out. [Detroit Post]
The schooner Yankee Blade, wheat laden for Kingston, sprung a leak at Chicago on Monday and was placed in dry-dock.
The wrecking schooner Phantom left here today via the Niagara River and Chippewa Creek for Port Colborne, where she is to search for the 60 pound can of nitro-glycerine, lost in that harbour last fall. The Canadian tug Lizzie will tow her through. [Buffalo Courier]
The steambarge Herald, reported in a leaking condition off Port Stanley, sank on Friday night after being abandoned by the crew. She lies in about thirty feet of water a little to the west of about one mile south of Port Stanley. She is cleared from Cleveland.
Gone To Pieces - The schooner Exchange went to pieces during the gale on Friday afternoon, at Kelley's Island. She went on last fall.
Northern Transit Company - The arrangement for business by the Northern Transit Company is now more complete than ever before. The boats are all in the best condition and have commenced to move on their regular routes. The Maine has already made a trip to Toledo, and is expected to leave here on Tuesday for Ogdensburg, and the Chamber, and the Champlain will leave the same day for Chicago. The improvements that have been going on during the spring on the Garden City are about completed, and she will be one of the best passenger boats in the line; and will take her place in a few days. At this point President P. Chamberlain and Superintendent A.W. French have made several changes that will be to the advantage of those who are sometimes compelled to wait for the arrival of steamers. Elegant reception rooms have been fitted up for ladies and gentlemen, with all the conveniences that could be desired, and we understand that at all the agencies of the company, the same attention will be paid to the accommodation of all who favour this line with their patronage. [Cleveland Herald]
Ashtabula Harbour - The new lighthouse at the harbour is completed and was lighted for the first time last week. It is situated upon the west pier, at the extreme end. This improvement is one which has long been called for, and its final acquisition meets with general satisfaction. Any quantity of coal can now be obtained by tugs, or boats of any kind requiring it. The depth of the water in the river will average fully sixteen feet. The depth on the bar is between fourteen and fifteen feet and will allow the entrance of any vessel.
Gananoque, April 22nd - The steamer D.C. West, from Clayton, N.Y., arrived this morning at 11:30. She is the first arrival this season. The steamers between Gananoque and Clayton will commence their regular trips on Monday.
Port Colborne, April 21st - Up - schr. Rutherford. Wind northwest, weather warmer, ice moving off this shore. The schr. H. Dudley in tow of tug Mary went out this p.m. and got through the ice. The tugs Hector and Haight have got to a vessel bound in and are coming along with her.