LAKE AND RIVER STEAMBOAT ARRANGEMENTS.
For a second time the arrangements of the Lake and River Passenger Steamboats for 1861, have been perfected. A new Company has been formed, composed of some of the leading people in Montreal, Kingston, Toronto and Hamilton, to be called (we think) The Inland Navigation Company, and the Company have agreed to buy the steamers Passport, Kingston and Champion for something less than $100,000, (the Kingston alone cost Mr. Hamilton that money), and, in connection with other vessels, to be bought or chartered, to form a Daily Line between Hamilton and Montreal as in 1859. This matter was fully determined yesterday afternoon, and the subscription to the whole stock guaranteed by Mr. Gildersleeve, who takes $16,000 on his own account. Mr. Clark Hamilton takes $10,000 stock; Mr. Carruthers and other Kingston gentlemen take stock to a larger or smaller amount, so that the Kingston people will still have something to say in the management of the Boats. As to minor arrangements, all will depend upon the Directors of the new Company, to be now almost immediately chosen by the stockholders. All parties are said to be pleased and satisfied with this new arrangement.
Kingston, 12th April - The steamer Walter Shanly made her first trip for the season yesterday afternoon when she left for Cape Vincent on a free holiday excursion, crowded with passengers. The Bowmanville left for Toronto and Hamilton on Wednesday night, and the Propeller Huron cleared on Thursday afternoon. A fleet of three brigs and one schooner (timber vessels) left Garden Island for the west in tow of one of Messrs. Calvin & Breck's tug-boats yesterday afternoon, and the schooner Jane Ann Marsh, Port Hope, with 12,400 bushels of wheat, consigned to Holcomb & Cowan, came into this port on Wednesday evening. So that business has fairly commenced.
The Harbor Clear - The harbor made a clean breast of it last night, owing to the high wind. There has been no actual impediment for some days past to the free ingress and egress of vessels, but now the ice is completely broken up.
The following freights are engaged for the first trips; some winter contracts are higher:-
Hamilton or Toronto to Kingston, 5¢ per bushel
Hamilton or Toronto Montreal, 11¢ "
" " Ogdensburgh, 8¢ "
From Port Stanley to Kingston, 9¢ "
From Goderich and Owen Sound to Kingston, 15¢ per bushel.
From Chicago to Kingston, 18¢ per bushel.
From Chicago to Oswego, 20¢ do
For Flour the freight steamers are engaged during May at 35¢ to 40¢ per barrel, and 12 1/2 per bushel.
Two schooners have arrived at the Railroad wharf to be loaded with lumber. With the road extended and fully equipped, Brockville wharves would be surrounded with vessels arriving and departing during the season of navigation.
Within the past week several schooners have gone up the river from Ogdensburg; but no steamer, with the exception of the ferry boat has yet parted our waters since the new year came in.
Freight Lines - The Montreal Transcript gives a list of vessels to run on the lakes and rivers during the coming season, all of which are owned in Montreal. Mr. Dickenson has twelve steamers and forty-five barges to ply from Montreal on the various routes. Messrs. Black and Perry will run the steamers formerly owned by Messrs. H. Jones & Co., between Montreal and the Western ports. Messrs. Glassford, Jones & Co. will have lines of boats between Montreal and Kingston, and Kingston, Quebec, and Lake Champlain. Henderson, Holcomb & Co. whose agent in Hamilton is Mr. A.E. McKay, will have three lines of steamers - the Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and River St. Lawrence. Messrs. Jacques, Tracy & Co. will have a freight line, composed of the Huron, Ottawa, Colonist, Indian and Alps steamers. Four of these boats are expected to start from Kingston on the 10th inst.
The ice in Lake Huron continues firm.
The steamers New York and Northern are to form an Express line between Lewiston, Toronto and Ogdensburg. The Banshee and New Era will run between Toronto and Montreal. The Maple Leaf is to run between Port Hope, Coburg and Rochester. The Zimmerman will run between Toronto and Lewiston.