p.1 General Paragraphs - All the idle men in the city watched the operations of Calvin's men this afternoon in getting the boiler in the new tug. The boiler weighed not less than 35 tons. Capt. Malone directed the work. It was a big job. The boiler is made of 7/8 inch steel.
The str. Pierrepont made her first trip this spring between Gananoque and Kingston.
The schr. Grantham will be generally overhauled this spring and will receive a new forward mast in Deseronto.
The schr. D. Freeman has delivered her cargo of coal for Gananoque, which has lain in her hold all winter at Big Sodus.
The str. Lorelei has again been chartered by the Rathbun company to run between Gananoque and Clayton. The steamer is now being repainted.
The Iona will run between Belleville and Oswego. She is at Toronto, where her engines are being compounded. This will give her a speed of twelve miles per hour light and ten miles loaded.
Calvin's new tug was towed over to the esplanade this morning by the str. Chieftain and will have her boiler set in at the dock. It is an immense structure and no little difficulty will be experienced in getting it in the boat.
The grain fleet which wintered at Chicago comprised 157 vessels, of which 113 are already loaded and a goodly proportion of the remainder under charter. The grain afloat aggregates in round numbers 7,250,000 bushels; 6,198,400 bushels of this is corn and 944,400 bushels is wheat; the balance, 137,500 bushels is oats. The grain is consigned as follows: To Buffalo or Erie, 6,260,600 bushels; to Ogdensburg, 546,600 bushels; to Kingston; 394,800 bushels; to Port Huron, 103,000 bushels.
The fleet of the Thousand Island steamboat company, after strict government inspection, can carry the number of passengers opposite their names: Empire State, 1,000; St. Lawrence, 886; Islander, 500; Jessie Bain, 150; Maynard, 125. The capacity of the St. Lawrence river steamboats are: Maud, 384; Pierrepont, 500; Princess Louise, 240. The carrying capacity of the combined fleet, as allowed by government inspection, is 3,785 passengers. The actual carrying capacity of the steamers is about 6,000 passengers.
When Toll Is Exacted.
In respect to the threat made by the Americans that if the Welland canal is not made free they will not carry goods coming from the old countries in bond for Canada through the United States. Capt. Donnelly says that if this threat is carried out Canada will be benefited. Canadian boats and railways will get business they never got before. The goods will come by way of Halifax instead of via New York and ocean freights will not be any higher than at present. The Americans ought to be satisfied with the canal privileges given them by Canada. Any vessel with a cargo from a port in the United States for a port in Canada can go through the Welland canal free, but if the American boat is carrying a cargo from one American port to another and has to go through the Welland canal toll is exacted.
p.2 Stella, March 28th - The Pilot and Idlewild went up the bay Monday. We are longing to see the old Hero afloat and hear her welcome whistle....