ALL THE NEWS ABOUT ALL THE BOATS AT ALL THE DOCKS
- Competition in the life of the grocery man, and Collingwood grocery and provision dealers swarm over the side of every vessel on its arrival after the style of the "bumboat" peddler
- The Northern Belle made her first trip to Parry Sound on Wednesday last, returning on Friday morning after a rough passage, during which one of her life boats was lost overboard The Captain reported the channel clear of ice, and no snow to be seen on the Islands. The Parry Sounders were almost starved out and eagerly seized on all the provisions taken by the Belle.
- The longshoremen have formed a coalition as they did last season to work under their own boss at the rate of twenty-five cents per hour. He Oneida refused to pay the rates, and bossed the job of unloading herself at the rate of fifteen cents per hour, much to the disgust of the regulars.
- The schooner City of Chicago arrived in port on Thursday, with 21, 000 bushels of corn and Captain John Isbesterin command. The jolly old tar was reported as being knocked off his vessel last fall and drowned. The Captain says he was knocked overboard all right but good luck was picked up again.
- The Oneida one of the new boats for the Chicago line arrived in on Thursday night in command of her owner Capt. Chas. McGinuis, one of the most popular and capable officers on the lakes. The Oneida is a fine propeller of 900 tons burden with large freight carrying capacity, nineteen state rooms, a handsome saloon, and every accommodation for passengers. She has been repainted and thoroughly renovated for the season's work. She fetched a load of fuel for her own use from Erie, and left for Chicago on Sunday morning. Capt. McGinuis is an old friend of our harbour, having been one of the deputation to proceed to Ottawa to induce the Government to make this port a Harbour of Refuge some years ago. Of he officers Mr. Buie , the mate is from Collingwood Mountain, and the 2nd mate Mr. Smith, is from Nottawa.
- The tug Thistle arrived n Tuesday morning wit a full cargo of fish.
- Two large vessels rode at anchor in the outside harbour on Friday, during the gale that was blowing.
- The Lady Dufferin, Shandon and John Bigler all from Chicago unloaded at the elevator last Saturday
- The numerous friends of Mr. McDougall the genial Purser of the Manitoulin will be sorry to learn that he is at present in very poor health.
-The Francis Smith arrived yesterday morning looking quite fresh after the winter rest. She has been considerably repaired. She is booked to leave to-night.
- The propellers St Paul and Toledo are expected to arrive this week. The St. Paul is said to be a very fast boat, and the Toledo will hold her own with any of the lake craft.
-Through freights are quiet the season having hardly opened yet. The different boats load ties at Wiarton for their return cargoes at present.
-The City of Owen Sound did not leave on Thursday, as she would not have been able to get to Meaford, the weather being stormy. She left on Friday with about 200 passengers and a quality of freight
- The tug Ann Long was not launched on Thursday last It was found impossible to get her off until Saturday, when with the assistance of the Mary Ann she made a splendid launch, and encountered no accident though the rather high jump she had to make from the dock to the water. Mr. Isaac Watts, of Holman & Watts, and a companion stayed on the boat to attend to the christening.
ARRIVALS and DEPARTURES
THURSDAY - Arrivals - Schr. City of Chicago, Chicago, grain; Str.. Oneida Buffalo, coal. Departures Str. Manitoulin, Owen Sound, light.
FRIDAY - Arrivals - Str. Northern Belle, Parry Sound, passengers and freight. Departures Schr. Lady Dufferin, Wiarton, light. Departures - Str. Northern Belle, Killarney.
SATURDAY - Arrivals - Schr. Shandon, Chicago, grain; schr. John Bigler Chicago, grain
SUNDAY - Arrivals - Str. Northern Belle Killarney, passengers and freight; str. Manitoulin, Owen Sound, light. Departures - Str. Oneida, Chicago; schr. City of Chicago, Wiarton.
MONDAY - Departing - Str. Northern Belle, Parry Sound, passengers and freight.
TUESDAY- Arrivals - Str. Northern Belle, Parry Sound, passengers and freight, tug Thistle, Killarney, fish. Departures - Str. Northern Belle, Killarney, passengers and freight; Schr John Bigler, Wiarton, light.
WEDNESDAY - Arrivals - Str. Francis Smith, Owen Sound, light. Departures -Str. Manitoulin, Sault Ste. Marie, passengers and freight.