The boats of the St. Lawrence river and Thousand Island steamboat companies began their regular trips today.
The schr. Oliver Mowat has arrived from Sandusky with chemical ore for Hull, Que., where it is used in the manufacture of indurated fibre.
Yesterday the str. M.H. Boyce, heavily laden with grain from the west, arrived in the harbor. The captain signalled for a pilot and J. Deroche took charge of the steamer, taking her to the M.T. company's dock.
Clearances: schr. Kate Eccles, Charlotte, shingles; schr. Flora Emma, Sodus Point, light; schr. Hanlan, Oswego, light; prop. J.C. Ford, Buffalo, light.
Already the summer rush has commenced to the Thousand Islands. Many residences are occupied.
John Donnelly left today for Charleston Lake, where he will superintend the removing of his recently purchased steamer, the Outlet Stream, to the water of the St. Lawrence over six miles of dry land by means of trucks and horse power.
Arrivals: tug Active and four barges, Montreal, light; schr. White Oak, Oswego, coal; prop. Myles, Duluth, 40,292 bushels of wheat; prop. Boyce, Chicago, 37,700 bushels corn; prop. Glengarry, Fort Arthur, 21,490 bushels wheat; schr. Oliver Mowat, Sandusky, chemical ores; schr. Julia, Oswego, coal; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, light.
The str. Spartan, Capt. Batten, arrived from Montreal on her first trip to Toronto. She is in fine condition, having received a thorough overhauling during the winter months. Mr. A. Milloy, traffic manager for the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, will accompany the steamer on the round trip.
Several of the new steel "whaleback" grain boats are expected to pass here this week on their way from West Superior to Quebec. The boats have been recently patented by a man named McDougall, and they are now used by a West Superior transportation firm on account of their splendid seaworthy qualities.
Yesterday the schr. White Oak, Capt. Joseph Dix, arrived from Oswego with a cargo of coal. Early in the morning a dense fog hung over the lake and when the White Oak got near Nine Mile Point the captain ordered her anchors to be lowered. After several hours the fog lifted and the schooner started again for the city.