p.3 Capt. Howard, of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, has been in town for several days on business connected with the opening of the season.
The schr. B.W. Folger, Capt. W. Dandy, is loading stone at the Penitentiary for Toronto.
It is expected that the Northern Transportation Company's steamers will begin their trips about the end of this month. They will call at the St. Lawrence Wharf, Mr. James Swift being the agent.
A new mast is being made at the shipyard for the steamer Norseman, which had to go to Ogdensburg for hauling out, on account of the ways here being occupied. The schr. Homeward Bound, which has been thoroughly overhauled will be let down from the ways in a day or two.
Grain trimming on a sailing vessel at Chicago is $1.00 per 1,000 bush.
At Chicago there are now two tug associations, and only one or two "wild" boats. The rates are, for cash, 20 per cent off the old tariff.
Marine insurance rates at Chicago on grain are nominal - to Buffalo 45 to 50 cents, to Oswego and Kingston 75 cents, to Montreal $1.00. On hulls the rates are supposed to be: For 'A' vessels 5 1/2 to 6, for 'B' vessels, 7 1/2 to 8. There will doubtless be trip risks - there must be. There is no association and no pool. [Oswego Times]
A letter has been received in Milwaukee asking what prospects there were for chartering three or four A 1 canal schooners to carry coal oil from Sarnia to Italian ports or other ports on the Mediterranean Sea. The writer states that one Canadian schooner has chartered at something slightly better than $1.72 gold per barrel, but says American vessels would be given the preference, even at the advance on the above rate. The oil will be ready for shipment in the months of June, July and August. [Oswego Times]
The schooner West Side and several other vessels were loading grain at Chicago on Tuesday.
Grain in store in Chicago, 8,830,767 bu., on board vessels in the harbour, 651,489 bu. At Milwaukee, 2,344,943 bu.
Navigation is open at Cleveland, the steamer Northwest having made the passage from Detroit without great trouble on the 10th.
The ice on the west shore of Lake Huron is going to pieces rapidly, and a strong west or southwest wind would clear the shore and open navigation. The ice extends out about four miles.