p.1 Rideau Canal Appointments - protests - politics involved.
Our Local Fisheries - fish from back lakes sold to Lake Ontario Fish Company, Kingston. [Athens Reporter]
Work is nearly completed on the tug Thompson.
E.G. Cuthbert of Trenton, is building the Iolanthe at Belleville.
Several of the small craft along the wharves are being overhauled.
Capt. Dix is now engaged inserting a new foremast in the schr. White Oak.
An old mariner said this morning the river would be clear of ice in two weeks.
Nearly every boat in the M.T. Co's fleet had repairs or improvements done this winter.
The engineers of the Ogdensburg transportation line have commenced fitting out their steamers.
Capt. W. Scott, formerly of the tug Edward, will have command of the tug Maggie May this season.
The Donnelly salvage and wrecking company will commence to raise the sunken str. Rothesay immediately on the opening of navigation.
Capt. W.E. VanVlack has chartered the steambarge Enterprise and consort for the coming season, and will carry on a coal and grain business between Kingston and Port Arthur. He reports the prospects very encouraging in freight rates up and down the lakes. His arrangements are about perfected to commence operations as soon as navigation opens.
Captain Wigle ?, who was last year master of the Lakeside, but this season will take command of the new steel boat the Garden City, now being built in Toronto, for the St. Catharines, Toronto and Grimsby Navigation company, is in Toronto. She will be by long odds the speediest boat on the lower lakes. The contract calls for seventeen miles an hour, and she will be able to cross Lake Ontario in less than three hours.
p.4 Pleasure Steamer Burned - London, Ont., April 1st - The steamer City of London, owned by Capt. Foster, was totally destroyed by fire last night at Wonderland, a pleasure resort a couple of miles down the river. Loss between $8,000 and $10,000, partly insured.
A very large proportion of sailors on lake vessels, flying the flag of the United States, are Canadians. On crafts sailing out of Buffalo and Chicago probably one-third of the crews are citizens of this country. These men must now either swear allegiance to Washington or quit their employment. The action of the American government in this matter is prompted by a desire to harass and annoy the dominion and it should be met by retaliation in kind. [Toronto News}