DAMAGED GRAIN - The schr. Prince Alfred which arrived on Monday night had several hundred bushels of corn badly damaged from water.
FROM MANITOULIN ISLAND
MANITOWANING April-5, We are anxiously waiting for the first steamer from Collingwood. Little Current channel is open as far as the eye can reach. Capt. Port arrived with his tug Prince Alfred at Michael's Bay yesterday and leaves to-morrow for Owen Sound...
LAUNCH OF THE MANITOULIN - The new steamer Manitoulin was launched at Owen Sound last Thursday, in the presence of a very large crowd. She is 152 feet long, 30 ft. 4 in. Beam and the depth of hold is 10 ft. 9 in. Her engines are the same as were in the American last year. Her officers are Capt. Peter McNabb, Master ; Neil Campbell, 1st Mate; Peter Tulford, 2nd Mate; Wm. Bell, Chief Engineer; R. G. Campbell purser and Geo. McDonald Steward. It will be observed that a least three of these officers are Collingwood men.
MARINE MATTERS - navigation is now fairly open. Three vessels have already arrived from Chicago with grain, and four have departed. Mr. Warren Tobey has shipped three cargoes of tan bark, posts and ties. The str. Lake Erie, of the Collingwood & Chicago line, left on Saturday for Chicago. The Canada, of the same line, was to leave here last night. The strs. Northern Queen and Northern Belle, leave this evening for Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound respectively. The new str. Emerald is expected to arrive from Toronto the first week in May.
A COLLISION - On Monday night the schr. Prince Alfred, with a cargo of corn from Chicago, was towed into harbor. When she came to the elevator her momentum was so great that she could not be stopped before she had run into the str. City of Winnipeg, which was lying at the wharf. The schooner's jib-boom ran through the upper works of the steamer, but the damage is not serious. The captain of the Prince Alfred complains that the Winnipeg showed no light.
...From this port the pioneer Lake Superior line was run of whose first boats was the old Algoma, many years ago called the City of Toronto. She is no more. Another was the favourite Chicora, now on Lake Ontario and the Manitoba. The present line under the management of Mr. Barlow Cumberland is comprised of the Francis Smith, City of Winnipeg and City of Owen Sound described a short time back in the navigation columns of the MAIL. A local company the Georgian Bay Transportation Company with Mr. Charles Cameron as President, trades with Parry Sound the Manitoulin and North Shore ports and Sault Ste. Marie, with the Northern Queen`
Some Outside Opinions
WHAT THE LEADING PAPERS SAY
...Northern Belle, and Emerald. The Emerald replaces the Waubuno. These six first-class boats are kept busy during the season, the first three those of the Collingwood Lake Superior being favourites with tourists and through Manitoba passengers, and those of the Georgian Bay line serving the local trade and the rapidly settling Manitoulin district. In magnitude of business the line to Chicago is remarkable. It is composed of the steamers Canada, Columbia, Lake Erie and Simcoe, and is a link in the New England Transportation Line...