The schr. Queen of the Lakes will be repainted.
Capt. C. Beaupre will be master of the schr. Neelon this season.
Presque Isle bay is clear of ice. Murray canal opened for traffic on Sunday.
J.E. Rathbun, Solmesville, has been appointed mate of the steamer Varuna.
The str. Rideau Belle will ply between Perth and Kingston the coming season.
Capt. W.J. Waters, Oswego, died on Friday. He was known at nearly every lake port.
The schr. Grantham will be generally overhauled this spring and will receive a new forward mast in Deseronto.
Joseph Parker, Picton, formerly of Newburgh, has commenced his duties as first engineer on the steamer Water Lily.
The barge W.H. Barnum, laden with 55,000 bushels of corn, struck an iceberg and foundered six miles from Mackinaw City.
The steam barge Water Lily will be in the cheese trade from Sackett's Harbor, and way ports to Montreal.
The str. Business, recently sold to F.W. Matthews, Detroit, has been chartered for two trips from Toledo to Kingston with grain.
The schr. Julia, of Kingston, was the first arrival at Oswego. Capt. Horan has got a new silk tie. He says the lake is free of ice.
Capt. Noonan is having a new heater put in the str. James Swift in order to save fuel. The boat will save considerable fuel by the change.
The str. Lorelei has again been chartered by the Rathbun company to run between Gananoque and Clayton. The steamer is now being repainted.
The vessel men are kicking because of an increase of duty on rope. They think it should be no higher than binder twine. Binder twine, 12 1/2 per cent; rope 30 per cent.
Something over 2,000,000 bushels of wheat are now in store at Fort William and Port Arthur elevators. Last year at this time there were over 3 million bushels there.
The str. Greyhound has been sold to Mr. Cooper, of Belleville, for $13,000. Capt. VanVlack is to have command of her this summer and she is going to ply on the Bay of Quinte route.
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.
The schr. Julia was the first vessel to arrive from Oswego with coal this season. She got in on Sunday morning with a cargo for Folger Bros. She started out from Glenora. The Julia had a pleasant trip over.
The steamer Deseronto was the first boat to reach Picton on March 26th. This is several days earlier than last season. The first boat reaching port last spring was the steamer Ella Ross which arrived on April 17th.
The captain of the sloop Idlewild has been asked to give an offer for the contract of supplying sand for the building of the new bridge at Brockville. He will take a trip down and interview the contractor. Several scows would have to be hired and it would mean a big season's work. The sand would be taken from the pit at the foot of Howe Island.
Among the appropriations by the United States congress for lake harbors are: Charlotte, $15,000; Great Sodus Bay, $8,000; Little Sodus Bay, $8,000; Ogdensburg, $20,000; Oswego, $27,000; $8,000 to be expended for improving shoals between Sister Islands and Cross Over light, and in the St. Lawrence river between Ogdensburg and the foot of Lake Ontario.
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; 6,193,400 bushels of this is corn and 944,100 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, 516,600 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.