p.1 Personal Mention - Nicholas Henderson, marine painter, who spent a year in Chicago, returned a few days ago and will remain until mid-summer. He will paint in oil a large picture of the S.S. Bannockburn, which is the best modelled steel boat afloat.
R. Davis & Son are making three new wheels for H.E. Fraser's steam launch at Edmonton.
Calvin's fleet left for Toronto this morning. There was a great blowing of whistles as the Calvin steamed out.
On the old Island Wanderer extensive improvements will be made, some $4,000 laid out. She will be hauled out on the ways in Johnston's shipyard, Clayton. The New Island Wanderer will be strengthened with steel trusses, for which purpose she will be taken to Oswego on April 10th.
A reporter was not a little surprised to notice the busy scene about Davis' shipyard yesterday afternoon. The importance of this place is becoming more apparent every year. A large number of steamboats and vessels were moored at this dock, being repaired and remodelled, and necessitated the employment of a large number of men. The appearance of the str. Alberta has been entirely changed by the putting on of a new bow. She was plumb in front before, but now ought to cut through the water at a fair rate of speed. The str. Nichol has been finely fixed up. Quite a sum of money was laid out on her, and she has been made quite staunch and able to stand the roughest weather that blows. The tug Stormy Petrel has had a new cabin and other things added. The manufacture of steam launches has occupied Mr. Davis' attention the most of the time. He has turned out four very handsome launches, in measurement 22 ft., 28 ft., 30 ft. and 33 ft. In one of the boats he will first make an experiment with the gasoline system, and if it does not work satisfactorily, the steam will again be resorted to. Several of the boats are already sold. Some of them go to Muskoka Lake. They are real beauties in design and knock the "spots" off American bottoms up here last summer. He may exhibit them at Alexandria Bay this summer.
The steamer Maud, that synonym for happy hours, is today one of the prettiest crafts upon our waters. On Monday morning, with all her bunting set, she will resume the Kingston and Cape Vincent route, in connection with the New York Central R.R. and R.W. & O. R.R. No one but a steamboat man realizes the true significance of a spring "outfit," and landsmen interested in nautical affairs will appreciate the phrase when they inspect the Maud. From stem to stern-post, from top-mast to keelson she has been scrubbed and painted. From engine to wheel-house, from cabins to kitchen every visible piece of brass or finished steel rivals the mirrors. New carpets, artistic cabin decoration and beveled plate glass mirrors have been added to her attractive features, and every member of the crew will appear in uniform. Before the excursion season commences she will be lighted throughout with electricity, and carry one of the most powerful marine search lights. Captain John Carnegie, whose home is at Rockport, that picturesque village just below "Echo Point," has followed the water from boyhood and is as familiar with the winding channels of the Thousand Islands as are the fish that swim there. Though a comparative young man he has commanded, without accident, various large steamers both on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The popular and reliable M. Nolan will again be at his post as first mate, and the genial and experienced engineer, William Derry, will continue to pull the throttle. Both of these men have been in the employ of the St. Lawrence River steamboat company over twenty years, which speaks well for their ability and for the company's treatment of its officers. Thomas Gallagher will act temporarily in the capacity of purser, which will be filled later by H.R. Kirkpatrick.