p.3 The Picton Gazette learns that Captain Germain, proprietor of the steamer New York, which was condemned at Mill Point this winter, is about purchasing another steamer to run on the same route as the above steamer did last summer, between Picton and Belleville.
The Armenia went out this morning but was obliged to turn back, something having gone wrong with the machinery. She will make the trip tomorrow.
Seamen's wages opened at Toledo at $25 per month.
Grain trimming at Chicago opens at $1 per 1,000 bushels.
The Chicago Lumber Vessel Owners' Association now has 49 vessels.
Sailors at Chicago have resolved to demand $1.50 per day and no lumber shoving.
The Port Colborne lights will be arranged the same as last fall until the new tower is built.
It is stated a sharp competition for cargo risks is likely to spring up soon between the Underwriters, and that rates will in consequence open low.
The Chicago Inter-Ocean says the soundings in Buffalo river have been finished, and dredging will shortly be commenced. Where is Buffalo river? We have looked on the map and cannot find any river by that name. [Oswego Times]
Although the rates of insurance on vessels for the coming season have not been officially promulgated, it is believed that on vessels classed A they will be 5 1/2 per cent, from April 1st to November 30th, and on those classed B-1 8 per cent.
The Northern Transit Company have entered into an arrangement to run their boats in connection with the Welland Railroad until the opening of navigation. Grain shipments via this line are expected about the middle of next week. The whole fleet is now engaged getting ready for the trade. [Oswego Times]
A despatch from Toronto says: Great activity is apparent in the harbour preparing for the opening of navigation. The three steamers, the Chicora, Rothesay and Southern Belle have all undergone a thorough overhauling and refitting, and will be quite ready for the season's work in a week or ten days.
The Canadian Lighthouse Service has now reached very large proportions. In 1868 there were 193 lighthouse stations in the Dominion; in 1874, 416, the number of lights shown at the former date was 277; at the latter 509. In 1868 there were only two fog whistles, and in 1877, 25. While much has been done to render shores safe for shipping, a good deal remains to be accomplished before complete safety is assured. During the year 1877, extra new steamers were added to the list of Canadian steam marine, while 15 were broken up or put out of service. The chief increase has been in the Ontario and lower province divisions. The number of merchant ships on the regular books of the Dominion on the 31st of December, 1877, was 7,362, measuring 1,310,468 tons, regular tonnage, and an increase of 170 vessels and 49,575 tons over the previous year.