p.1 General Paragraphs - The steamer Islander took a cruise around the harbor Saturday afternoon. A large number of ladies took advantage of the early sail.
The steamers Hero and North King are flying their flags at half-mast out of respect to the memory of the late Hon. Alexander McKenzie.
Mr. Jarold, mate of the str. North King last year, will act as purser this season. William Thompson will continue as purser of the str. Hero.
Sporting World - The Iolanthe, of Belleville, is being rebuilt by A.H. Cuthbert, Trenton. She will be given a clipper bow and her overhang aft will be lengthened. She will be given new material, foresail and jib.
The sloop Atlanta, owned in Chicago, will be rebuilt at Belleville by John Allan. Before she leaves she will race for the Fisher champion cup for sloops, which she won at Chicago in 1883 and afterwards forfeited to the Norah.
Navigation opens through the Welland canal tomorrow.
Capt. E. Booth has been awarded the contract for the placing of spar and platform buoys in the harbor.
Capt. Cornwall commenced today to fit out the schr. Dudley for service. She will be examined on Davis' dry dock.
Vesselmen will be obliged to pay their own towing this season at Oswego, Charlotte, Fairhaven and Sodus. Last year the towing bills were paid by the coal companies.
The prop. Glengarry with barges Gaskin and Glenora, and the tug Walker and consorts Minnedosa and Kildonan, will leave for Lake Superior tonight to load grain.
Last night 40 men arrived from Quebec to work on barges owned by the M.T. Co. J. Tierney supplied the groceries, and had great difficulty in getting bread. They were all Frenchmen.
The opening of navigation on the St. Lawrence will be the signal for the beginning of a very heavy export grain trade. Already about 2,000,000 bushels of grain have been booked for the St. Lawrence route.
Richardson & Son have about 1 million bushels of grain in their different store houses. Two barges are now being loaded with barley for Montreal, one at Deseronto and the other. A barge is being filled here.
Ten whalebacks are under construction at West Superior. The total length of vessels under construction or under contract at West Superior is one mile. A number of vessels for freight and passenger traffic are building at Cleveland, Bay City, Detroit, Milwaukee and other lake ports.
On Saturday the new machinery placed in the steamer Corsican was tested and worked very satisfactorily. The boat sailed up the bay as far as Bath and made good time per mile. After she had turned around some of the packing was blown out of a pipe leading to the boiler. This accident caused a delay of over an hour, and the steamer did not reach here until five o'clock. Several weeks will be occupied in getting her in proper shape for service.