p.1 The Goderich Harbour Case - discussed in House of Commons.
p.2 The Goderich Harbour Job - an editorial.
p.3 Marine Notes
There was quite a heavy sea on in the harbour this morning, caused by the changed wind and weather. The wind was blowing directly up lake.
The schr. Fabiola left last evening for Toronto with a cargo of stone.
The schr. White Oak left this afternoon for Rudd's quarry to load stone for Toronto.
The schr. Ontario arrived at Portsmouth from Belleville this morning with a cargo of brick. This is the schooner which started over a week ago, but had to put back on account of ice at Massassage Point.
The schr. Olive Branch arrived at Richardson's wharf yesterday afternoon with about 6,000 bush. peas from Amherst Island.
The steamer Rochester, which was launched yesterday from Mitchell's yard, Portsmouth, was towed down to her dock at Gunn & Co.'s wharf this morning by the Lady Franklin. The steamer has been thoroughly overhauled, all the dead wood being taken out of her, and new planking put in. A large number of men are working at her to try and have her ready for making a trip on Saturday, but it is feared that they will not be able to accomplish this. The renovated boat looks very well, and will no doubt be as popular as ever on the Bay of Quinte route.
Launch of a Yacht - Yesterday (Wednesday) forenoon Messrs. Chaffey & Pierce launched from their shipyard at Portsmouth, a very handsome steam yacht, which the firm has built for Mr. Allan Gilmour, of Ottawa. The launch took place at eleven o'clock, under the superintendence of Captain Pierce, and in a very few minutes the beautiful boat glided into the water. The ceremony of christening was performed by Miss Emma Chaffey, who, as the vessel moved off the ways, broke a bottle of champagne over the bows and named her "The Cruiser." She was gaily decked with bunting, and also flew a streamer covered with Rogers' code of signals. Mr. Gilmour and a number of his friends were on board, and all appeared to be highly delighted with the successful launch and with the look of the boat. We take the following dimensions of the boat from a report in our local contemporary: She is 84 feet in length, 14 feet beam, and 8 feet depth of hold. The boiler is made of the finest steel plates, with brass tubing, and is built on the plan of a recent improvement in the construction of boilers invented by Mr. G. Chaffey jr., a member of the firm, which economizes space and generates a larger amount of steam with the consumption of less fuel than any other boiler now in use. She is supplied with two 10 by 10 condensing surface engines fitted with the most recent improvements and of the finest finish. The Cruiser is schooner rigged and is intended for the salt water; is guaranteed to run twelve miles an hour, but her builders confidently assert that she will run much faster than this. Her cabin and staterooms are finished in grained ash and walnut, and are fitted up after the most approved Pullman car style. The yacht now lies in the harbour at Portsmouth, where her fitting out will be completed in a short time.
Port Colborne, April 18th - Up - schrs. Emerald, Toronto, Toledo, light; Siberia, Kingston, Bay City, light; Sweden, Kingston, Bay City, light; Norway, Kingston, Bay City, light; London, Kingston, Toledo, light; H. Roney, Kingston, Toledo, light; Garibaldi, Toronto, light; Brooklyn, Kingston, Bay City, light; Prince Alfred, Kingston, Toledo, light; J. Drummond, Toronto, Courtwright, light; R. Morewood, Port Dalhousie, Port Colborne, light; Nellie Hunter, Cobourg, light.
In Harbour - schrs. R. Morewood, J. Drummond, Garibaldi, Prince Alfred, Montgomery, Northman, Cataract, Nellie Hunter, St. Lawrence.
p.4 A Toronto despatch says: Prospects for navigation have not brightened very materially yet. Sailors' wages are not yet fixed, but are expected to be low. Many good men are offering for a dollar a day. The only character mentioned is the schr. Speculator, Toronto to Milwaukee, barley at 4 cents.