The Belleville Intelligencer says that "Capt. Cuthbert is now engaged on a ten ton yacht for a gentleman in Kingston. It is the desire of the owner and builder to surpass in speed the yachts of the same tonnage in these waters, and Cuthbert will no doubt try hard to excel those craft which he previously turned out; but, able man though he is, he will have to labour very hard to succeed. The Kingstonian has gone to the right builder at all events." It is said that the gentleman above alluded to is a prominent hardware merchant.
The annual meeting of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club was held on Thursday evening. It has 65 members, and 16 yachts are enrolled on its list. The largest is the Dauntless, of Belleville, 24 tons, and among others the Emma, of Kingston, 10 tons, and the Merlin, 7 tons, belong to the organization, being admitted under a resolution which allows yacht owners of Kingston and the bay ports to join on the usual terms. The report of Mr. R. Bell, the Secretary, states that in no single instance did those of the second class yachts owned in Belleville fail to obtain the first prize in such races as they participated in, and at Kingston, in a field of eleven of the fastest ten ton yachts on the lakes, the owners of the Belleville yachts had the proud satisfaction of winning first and second prizes. The Mystery seems to have been the most successful of the Kingston boats during the past.
The Kingston boats are being got ready for sport this summer, and they hope to make it lively for their rivals. The Zitella has been completely refitted with new canvas, new rigging, etc. The Emma took the water yesterday. She has been generally overhauled and repaired. Her owners are at present negotiating for her sale. The Merlin is still under cover being caulked, and will not be ready for some time. She is the property of the Hon. R.J. Cartwright, and is considered a pretty fast boat. D. Curtiss "cross-bones" is prepared to show some travelling, and promises to even excel her former achievements. Two or three gentlemen in the west end have built a new ten ton yacht, the hull of which is at present lying in the water at Tomlinson's. She is 28 feet keel, 12 ft. beam, and 3 ft. hold. She was built by Mr. Fred Martin, is very nicely shaped, and will be called by the builder's name.
p.3 Short Notes - The water in the harbour at Owen Sound is said to be two feet lower than last year, and the dredge has been ordered to Collingwood.
The Cruiser - The steam yacht Cruiser, belonging to Mr. Gilmour, of Ottawa, arrived at the Penitentiary wharf yesterday afternoon. The Cruiser is the finest steam-yacht in Canada, being superbly fitted up inside.
Change of Time - Hereafter the ferry steamers will make two trips daily to the Cape - the first at 5:30 a.m., and the second at 2:15 p.m., returning from the Cape at 10:40 a.m., and 6 p.m.
Sault Ste. Marie is still blocked by ice.
500,000 bushels of corn have been chartered from Chicago to Buffalo at 3 cents.
The Seamen's Union of Chicago has reduced their rate from $2 a day to $1.50 per day.
The Charlotte Raab is loading 20,000 feet of deals at Manistee for Kingston at $4 per thousand.
Buffalo will celebrate the Fourth of July by opening her harbour, which will then be clear of ice.
The steamer Faxton has been sold to parties in Chicago, and will be taken to the upper lakes. It is said that she only brought $12,000 and cost over $30,000.
Port Colborne, May 9th, evening - Nothing has passed up or down since last report.
Arrived - Schr. Golden Fleece, Chicago, Port Colborne, wheat. No wind.
South Bay, May 10th - The steamer Picton, Captain Collier, called here to wood on her way up to Toronto, to commence her regular trips on Monday between Toronto and St. Catharines.
The Seamen's Union at Milwaukee reduced wages to $1.50 per day. (The new association rates as telegraphed privately to this city indicated that the reduction of the rate on grain to Kingston was 1 1/2 cents, and that the rate on wheat from Chicago to Buffalo would now be 3 1/2 cents. - Ed.)
Ottawa despatch to the Chicago Tribune: A bill to amend the Maritime Jurisdiction act provides that the owner of a vessel, whose property may be damaged by collision with another vessel, has the right to claim damages from a mortgage to the other property which may have been the cause of injury to his, if the mortgage has been made and fully registered in Ontario.
Port Colborne, May 10th, 11 a.m. - Up - schrs. R. Morwood, Toronto, Port Colborne, light; H. Folger, Clayton, Grand Island, light; Willie Keller, Toronto, Bay City, light; Prussia, Kingston, Port Huron, light; Norway, Kingston, Grand Marie, light; Bismarck, Kingston, Duluth, light.
Down - Schrs. Belle Mitchell, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Myosotis, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Elgin, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Props. Africa, Toledo, Montreal, general cargo; Sovereign, Toledo, Montreal, general cargo.