THE SIMCOE - This new steamer built here during this winter is nearly completed. She appears strong and fully able to weather the storms of the upper lakes. The building of this steamer has given employment to a large number of our citizens at a time when employment is not generally plentiful. The Georgian Bay Transportation Co. deserves the thanks of the people of Collingwood.
NEW TUG - Capt. McNabb has purchased the tug Maytham formerly of Sarnia, and has thoroughly overhauled and painted her. She will tow in the harbour and on the bay.
AN EVENTFUL TRIP - Most of our readers know Capt. Andrew Port, and many of them know how brave and successful he has always been in battling against winds and waves. With his steamer Prince Alfred he has been making trips from Owen Sound to various ports north nearly all winter. On the 6th of March he started for Manitoulin Island with Mr. R. A. Lyon, M. P. P. And others, but after nearly reaching Michael's Bay he was forced to return. The Prince Alfred ran into Tobermorry where she lay frozen in until the 4th inst. She then made a trip to Michael's Bay, but on her return she got wedged among the ice and remained drifting about at the sweet will of the elements for nearly two weeks. The tug lost her rudder, and was left with only half a day's supply of fuel. The field of ice finally carried her into Colpoy's Bay, where she obtained a fresh lot of fuel and came to Wiarton on the 15th inst.
MARINE ITEMS - A number of vessels from Chicago have already discharged cargoes of grain here, and most of them received return cargoes of tan bark, posts, railway ties, and lumber. - It is reported that the people of Parry Sound intend to put a new steamer on the Collingwood and Parry sound route in opposition to the Belle. Dr. Walton is said to be head of the movement. The steam barge Vanderbuilt has been busy since the opening of navigation carrying grain from Meaford to this port -There are yet considerable quantities of ice about the north shore. The str. Northern Queen, which left here last Wednesday night for Sault Ste Marie, was not able to get through the north channel. She returned to Presquille on Friday. Capt. Campbell reported solid ice from Killarney to Manitoulin and as far in the direction of Little Current as could be seen, that new ice was forming and unless very warm weather sets in the channel will not be clear at least fifteen days. He returned for fuel and left on Saturday morning at 4 o'clock, intending to go via Lake Huron and Mississagua, and if possible to effect an entrance to Thessalon river, and thence proceed to Sault Ste Marie. The ice formed in the winter has never moved, and from the report of the mail carriers at Killarney on the 20th inst. The ice is solid and about fifteen inches thick from Killareny to Sault Ste Marie. The captain reports having landed a number of Manitowaning passengers at their request, with horses and cattle, within fifteen miles of Manitowaning, on the east side of Manitoulin island. - The str. Maganettawan has made two trips from Parry Sound and Byng Inlet to this port - The str. City of Owen Sound leaves for lake Superior this evening.