p.1 Summer Excursions - Up the Bay of Quinte - on str. Rochester, scenery described.
p.2 The Countess of Dufferin
As the Canadian yacht of this name approaches completion the general interest in her and in her fortune increases. The rumour of "sharp practice" on the part of our American neighbours in the race for the Queen's Cup is, we trust, without foundation. When Commodore Ashbury visited the United States to compete for the cup he was obliged to go through a series of races without knowing, until the morning of the race, what particular yacht he had to contend against. If the wind was light he had a cockle shell to compete with, while if it was blowing a gale he had a larger vessel. There is not much manliness or fair play in such an arrangement as that. If the New York Yacht Club desires to prevent any foreign vessel from having a chance of carrying off the cup by superior seamanship we could understand their anxiety to pit two or three vessels, according to the state of the weather, against one, but if it is desired to have a fair square race, then they will name the yacht which they propose shall compete with the Canadian yacht. The race will take place at New York on the 10th, 12th and 14th of July respectively. The Canadian yacht has only been launched a few days, yet those who have seen her are pretty confident that with fair play she is able to whip any other vessel of the same size on this side of the Atlantic. The New York Yacht Club a few days since voted down the proposition to name a yacht to contend in all the races against the Countess, a procedure which has brought down upon it the well merited censure of the Herald and other respectable American journals. It is to be hoped that the members of the Club will yet see the propriety of receding from a position which cannot bring them either honor or credit. The Canadian yacht is new and untried, and her crew are probably unacquainted with the New York waters, so that she has many difficulties to contend with without being obliged to compete with two or three yachts as the case may be.
Launch - On Saturday afternoon there was launched at the Shipyard a very fine schooner built for the lake trade by Messrs. Power & Son. Shortly after four o'clock, a large concourse of spectators was present, and everything being in readiness, the word was given to "let go," and the schooner glided into the water amid the cheers of those present, not the slightest accident occurring to prevent the success of the launch. The ceremony of christening the vessel was performed by Miss Bella Noble, sister of Mr. Isaac Noble, who as it was leaving the ways named it the Hyderabad, dashing the traditional bottle of wine against the bows. After reaching the water, the tug Lady Franklin took the schooner in tow, and brought her to shore in order to be fitted. The following are the dimensions of the Hyderabad: length, 127 feet; beam, 26 feet 2 1/2 inches; depth of hold, 12 feet; length over all, 131 feet; capacity, 17,000 bushels of grain. She is well and substantially built, and has a handsome appearance. Mr. Power informs us that this is the 62nd vessel he has launched since he began business.
Arrival - Mr. I.B. Graham's new yacht, which was built at Kingston by Mr. Cunningham of that city, arrived here last evening about ten o'clock. The Belle looks very neat and is a handsome piece of naval architecture, and we hope that the pleasure and comfort for which the boat was built will be realized by her owner. [Ontario]
Squall - About half-past ten today a squall struck the vessels in the harbour, and for a few minutes there was some lively "scrimmaging." At the M.T. Co.'s wharf, a barge ran into the schr. Lady Dufferin, and took away her bowsprit. The fluke of the Dufferin's anchor made a hole in the bottom of the barge. The schr. Acorn went for the Brooklyn, and took off one of her timber heads.
The schrs. Clara White and Ben Franklin are both in harbour with their jibbooms missing.
The Oswego Belle is aground in Napanee River, and the schr. Mary Battle ran ashore on Amherst Island on Saturday. The schooner was laden with timber for Collinsby, and was towed off by the Hiram A. Calvin.
A large raft of 4 drams of timber passed down the river this afternoon.
There are a good many arrivals to report this morning, the favourable winds of Saturday and yesterday having brought vessels down the lake. The forwarders are busy transhipping, and the harbour is quite lively.
St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - Arrived - The schrs. Cecilia Jeffrey, from Port Dalhousie, 9,010 bush. wheat; Caledonia, Port Colborne, 3,742 bush. peas and 2,330 bush. wheat; Defiance, Port Dalhousie, 5,516 bush. wheat; Gladstone, Port Dalhousie, 10,500 bush. wheat; Montauk, Chicago, 21,282 bush. wheat; Madeira, Milwaukee, 21,740 bush. wheat. The tug Frank Perew also arrived with five barges, and left with barges Tuscarora, 19,316 bush. wheat; Tiger, 12,808 bush. wheat and corn; Lion, 13,020 bush. wheat; and D., 13,826 bush. wheat.
Montreal Transportation Company - Arrived - The schrs. Clara White, Toronto, 3,450 bush. corn; Annie Falconer, Port Darlington, 10,615 bush. wheat; Nellie Hunter, Cobourg, 12,090 bush. wheat; Brooklyn, Milwaukee, 24,000 bush. wheat; J. Walters, Toronto, 10,123 bush. wheat; tug Bronson, from Montreal, with barges Harvest and Corncrib.
Jas. Swift's Wharf - The props. Shickluna, City of Montreal, and Persia called from Montreal, as did also the steamer Corinthian; the prop. Georgian arrived down from Lake Erie, the schrs. Franklin arrived from Cleveland with granite stones, and the Jura, from Rochester with tiles. The steambarge Waterlily arrived from Ottawa, and the Nile left for Smith's Falls.
Holcomb & Stewart's Wharf - Arrived - The schrs. Seagull, from Toledo, with 13,900 bush. corn; Sweepstakes, Milford, 13,000 bush. wheat; the schr. Laurel is loading 2,000 bush. corn for Gananoque. The schr. Ariel, grain laden for Montreal, arrived from Port Hope. She is getting some repairs done to her upper works at the Shipyard.
The barge Corncrib is being hauled out at the Marine Railway for repairs.
Port Colborne, May 20th, Up - props. Van Allen, Montreal, Chatham, gen. cargo; City of New York, Ogdensburg, Oswego, Chicago, gen. cargo; Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, Oswego, Toledo, gen. cargo; schrs. M.A. Muir, Charlotte, Chicago, coal; M. Woodward, Toronto, Stone Bridge, lumber.
Down - schrs. Jane McLeod, Kincardine, Kingston, staves; W.Y. Emery, Port Stanley, Garden Island, staves.
In harbour - schrs. N. Woodward, Huron, Russian, Farewell, McCall, prop. Pittsburg and barge.
Port Colborne, May 20th - 9 p.m., Arrived - schrs. Canada, Erie Belle, Baltic, Jessie Scarth, Elgin, barque Mary Jane, schrs. Rutherford, Mary Merrick, Jennie Graham, Dominion, Picton, Republic, Wm. Young, Prince Alfred, props. Columbia, Maine and Tecumseh.
Oswego, May 20th - The schooner Marysburg, from Toronto, collided with the schooner American below Oak Orchard on Saturday night. The Marysburg lost her bowsprit, jibboom and had her bow above the water line stove in. Damage to the American not known.
p.3 Customs Imports - May 20th - Str. Geneva, A. Gunn & Co., 510 pkgs.
Str. Adventure, Oswego, A. Gunn & Co., 200 sacks.
Str. Clinton, Milwaukee, Holcomb & Stewart, 16,000 bush. wheat.
Schr. Southampton, Bay City, Calvin & Breck, 215 pcs. oak.
Bark H. Roney, Bay City, Calvin & Breck, 241 pcs. timber.