p.1 The Centennial Yacht
The schooner yacht Countess of Dufferin, now building at Cobourg for the Centennial Regatta at Philadelphia, is fast reaching completion. It is understood that she will be launched in a fortnight from the present time, and it will take but a short time after that to step her masts, ship her ballast and rig her ready for sea. Five tons of her ballast is to be cast of iron, and fitted in blocks of five cwt., each next her kelson, each with shoulders resting on the timbers. It is expected that Her Excellency, the Countess of Dufferin, after whom she is named, will be present at the launch, and break the usual bottle of champagne as she leaves the ways. Major Gifford, Vice-Commodore, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, who is to command the yacht, is at present in the city, for the purpose of getting stock taken up to pay the expense of her construction and transit to New York. His challenge to the New York Yacht Club for the cup won by the America in 1851, at Cowes, has been accepted, and appears to have afforded great satisfaction, both to Canadians and Americans. Amongst Canadians and Englishmen in New York immense excitement has been created, and the advent of a Royal Canadian Yacht Club vessel representing the Dominion, and striving for a prize which has been contested for in vain by the English yachting interest, is eagerly looked forward to. There appears every disposition on the part of the New York Yacht Club to contest the race with fairness, and from what appeared in the New York Herald a few days since there is no doubt but that one yacht from their fleet will be selected to sail against the Countess of Dufferin in the match race. The money advanced toward the enterprise is to be repaid, pro rata, by the Vice-Commodore when the yacht is sold after her mission is fulfilled, and it is to be hoped that our merchants and monied men, as well as those amongst us more particularly interested in yachting, will contribute towards an enterprise so manifestly adding to our national honour at the Centennial. [Montreal Gazette]
p.2 Marine Notes
The harbour is now beginning to assume a busier appearance than it has had for the last few days, and there have been several arrivals since yesterday. The first propeller of the season arrived this morning.
G.M. Millar & Co. - The schr. British Queen arrived here with 7,407 bushels of wheat from Port Hope.
St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - The propeller Caledonia arrived from Hamilton with 17,425 bush. wheat.
M.T. Co. - The tugs of this Company are being rapidly fitted up for their first trip down the river. Arrived - schrs. Speedwell, Toronto, 14,000 bush. wheat; Garibaldi, Hamilton, 7,232 bush. wheat.
The British Queen is today loading rye barley for Oswego, from the store of Messrs. Sills.
The propeller East passed down today from Portsmouth to Brockville with a number of watermen, who are to give evidence in a case against the propeller which is to be tried at Brockville Assizes, in which the owner of the schr. Joe Mack sues the owner of the East for $4,000 damages for the steamer running down and sinking the schooner last fall.
Holcomb & Stewart - arrived - schr. L.D. Bullock, from Port Whitby, with 14,100 bush. wheat.
A. Gunn & Co. - The Rochester arrived in harbour this afternoon about 2 o'clock, having succeeded in reaching Belleville last night without any difficulty. Captain Campbell reports the bay quite clear, with the exception of a short distance between Adolphustown and Picton which he had no trouble in cutting through. The boat again left this afternoon, and will continue to make her regular trips.
Port Colborne, April 25th, 7 p.m. - Up - schr. Alexander, Port Dalhousie, Alpena, light; barge Indian, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, ice; Eureka, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, ice; Dashing Wave, Ogdensburg, Sarnia, light; Albany, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, ice; Adirondac, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; schr. Bolivia, Oswego, Milwaukee, salt; Gleniffer, St. Catharines, Bay City, light; Ayr, Port Dalhousie, Bay City, light; barque Magellen, St. Catharines, Bay City, light.
Down - nothing.
Schrs. Wilcox, Pandora, Watertown, Norway, Sweden, Gaskin, H. Howard, Rathbun, Wm. Hunter, props. Tecumseh, Nashua, Shickluna, Mary Robertson, Granite State, and barge Hale all left here today.
In harbour - schr. E. Allan, unloading coal; Denmark, Magellan, Jamaica, Shandon, Gleniffer, Russian, L.J. Farwell, Guiding Star, Bolivia, Cecilia, Alexander, Ayr, Mystic Star, Annandale, Niagara, prop. Pittsburg and tow, Glasgow and tow.
Mackinaw City, April 26th - The light house keeper at McGulpin's Point reports four steamers about five miles east of Waugochance light. The straits are all open here.
Repaired - The old propeller City of Madison, which has been lying at Milwaukee neglected and forlorn since her disaster at Green Bay, in 1874, has been repaired and repainted, and will soon enter the business arena again.
Articles - Owners of vessels which ply through the Welland Canal between American and Canadian ports are notified of the passage by the Canadian Parliament of the new shipping act making it necessary that the system of "articles" be more closely observed in shipping crews. The change may occasion some little delay now and then, but on the whole will prove beneficial to all concerned. [Oswego Times]
Cash Business - The supply men make the argument that, inasmuch as vessels get paid cash, each vessel should pay cash. It is a fact that a vessel "gets her money" as soon as her cargo is delivered, and it does seem a little unreasonable, with this in view, for vessel-owners to ask for time, and getting it to allow their bills to creep up into the hundreds and thousands. "Accommodation," in the proper sense of the word, must of course be given, but the supply men, say they will no longer let bills accumulate. [Oswego Times]
Changed - The starting arrangements of the Mail steamers have been changed. The Corsican will leave at one o'clock on Monday morning instead of nine for Prescott, and will return the same afternoon, leaving for Hamilton at 5:30. Those intending to make the trip will please take notice.