p.3 The Harbour
The harbour has begun to show signs of activity, in getting ready for the summer trade. The boats of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company have been fixed up, but it is expected that it will be well on in May before a start can be made. The painting of the boats has been done by Mr. Thomas McMahon, who will finish his job in about a week or ten days.
The shaft of the steamer Algerian, which was being straightened by Messrs. Davidson, Doran & Co., at the Kingston Foundry, was put on board today. It was a work of much difficulty.
The First Arrival - The schr. S. & J. Collier arrived in harbour today with 10,598 bush. wheat from Toronto, consigned to the St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Company. This is the first arrival of the season, and if we mistake not the Collier was first last season also.
The ice has gone out of the harbour entirely, with the exception of a few cakes in several of the slips. There is a considerable quantity in Cataraqui Bay, however, but this is rapidly breaking up.
At the shipyards, both in the city and Portsmouth, there is a large quantity of work, which is being hurried on. In Power & Co.'s yard two vessels are being pushed forward rapidly.
The Inter-Ocean has renewed its warfare against the employment of female cooks on board vessels.
Gananoque, April 11th - The steamer Junita from Clayton arrived here this morning, being the first steamer in port this season.
A telegram from South Bay, April 10th, says: "It is reported that a number of spars and booms marked 'S. and H.' have come ashore on South Bay Point."
We understand that it is the intention of Captain Fleming to run the steamer West two trips weekly between Kingston and Smith's Falls. [Brockville Reporter]
The Napanee Standard says: It is rumoured in town that in consequence of the burning of the Norfolk, the Armenia will make regular trips between Picton, Napanee and Belleville.
The Rochester Express understands that the salaries of the masters, mates, engineers and other employees of the different steamboat lines are to suffer another cutting down, though less, perhaps, than last spring.
We learn from the Chicago Post that the fine schooner Kate L. Bruce is now under engagement for a cargo of breadstuffs and provisions to St. John's, N.B., from Chicago. Experts were making an examination of her fitness, and if a favourable report is made, she will be immediately fitted out.
The Chicago Inter-Ocean asks this question: "Why shouldn't it be a good idea to observe the Civil Service rules in our lake marine, and promote mates who have been tried and are known to be good navigators, instead of entrusting vessels to strangers simply because those strangers have been masters ?"
The Intelligencer says: The first departure from the Port of Belleville took place yesterday. With flying colours the schooner Ontario, with brick from Foster & Bros., sailed for Kingston, and from what we learn is likely to have a clear course, the ice being out of Big Bay, and there will not likely be any serious obstruction at any other point.
Port Dalhousie, April 12th - The schooner M.L. Breck left this morning for Hamilton, being the first vessel to leave this port this season. The brig H. Rooney is the first to arrive, having got there about midnight. The following vessels laid up here last fall, and are most of them getting ready for the summer: Schooners Robert Morewood, Ayr, Antelope, Albacore, Alex. Muir, Albatross, Sasacoe, Queen of the Lakes, Anglo Saxon, H. Dudley; barques St. Lawrence, Gibraltar, Arctic; tugs Matamora, Munro, H. Neilson, S. Perry, J. Norris; steamer Boquet; propellors City of St. Catharines, Enterprise; steam-barges Clinton, Lincoln, Albion; barges W. Russel, S. Benson, G. Manly, Grimsby, Lisgar; steam-yachts Prowett, Beecher and Coral.
The steam-barges Clinton and Lincoln and barge Lisgar have gone to St. Catharines.
The schooners H. Dudley and Sasacoe are loaded. All the others are light.
There are two dredges and one elevator dredge at work in the harbour. The water is very low.
The weather is fine. No ice in sight during the past week.
The Welland Canal will be opened on Tuesday, 17th inst.