p.3 Marine Notes
There is not much to report in marine matters at present, but it is expected that in about a week several vessels will get down. Water was to be let into the Welland Canal today.
The steamer Rochester was to have been launched from the ways at Portsmouth today, where she has been rebuilt from the keel upwards, and new boilers put into her. She will probably start on her daily trips on Saturday next. Captain Campbell will again be in command, with Mr. George Crawford as purser, and Mr. Frank O'Brien as steward. Under these officers we have no doubt the new Rochester will be as popular as the old.
The Mail Boats - The mail boats are nearly all ready for the season. The Corsican will start on the Toronto and Hamilton route on the 3rd of May, the Spartan on the 5th, and the Algerian on the 8th. There will be on the lake in the meantime (sic) as it is not at present known when the lower canals will be ready for navigation.
The schooner White Oak is being got ready for an early start. Captain Dix hopes he will have a good season.
The schr. Denmark left Garden Island today for Bear Creek, light.
The schooner Ontario, which sailed from Belleville on Wednesday for Oswego with a cargo of brick, was obliged to put back, having met with unbroken ice about two miles east of Massassaga Point. [Oswego Times]
The steamers of the Northern Transit Company are preparing to move. The City of Concord will leave Cleveland for a down trip on Wednesday next; the Maine will leave Chicago on Saturday of next week; a boat will start for the upward trip from Ogdensburg on the 21st; another on the 24th; one will start for Chicago on the 21st; another on the 23rd for the same place; and still another will start from Toledo for Ogdensburg on the 2nd. After that the usual trips will be in order.
The Inter-Ocean says that seamen's wages on Lake Michigan may be quoted at $1.00 to $1.25 per diem. The men are, as yet, however, generally engaged by the trip, the figures being $8, $10, and $12. For the grain trade no engagements have yet been made, and the wages are nominal at $1.25 to $1.50 per diem. The "forecastle lawyers" are about, and a strong effort is to be made to open the season in the grain trade at at least $1.50 or $1.75.
Orders were received in Chicago on Wednesday from various parties for eight vessels to take timber (pine and oak) to Europe, and charters are in prospect. There are also orders for six vessels for deals from Green Bay and three from Cheboygan for Kingston.