THE SELKIRK LAUNCHED.
One of the prettiest launches that ever occurred in Kingston was that of the M.T. Co.'s new schooner Selkirk, yesterday afternoon. There were between 700 and 800 people standing around eager to see the boat slide off, and although many had waited longer than they expected, still they were surprised when the vessel began to slide. She went easier and sooner than was expected. The ropes that lashed her to the beams underneath snapped and away she glided amid the cheers of the small boys. The tugs Jessie Hall and Bronson had been waiting below, with lines attached to her to get the word to pull but their services were not required. She went off very gracefully and the tugs had merely time to put on full steam in order to get out of her reach. The Selkirk is a very pretty boat and is one of the best on the line. She is supposed to come next to the schr. Minnedosa and is considered far ahead of the schr. Winnipeg built at the shipyards last year. She is 180 feet long with 36 feet beam and 14 ft. hold; a three-master vessel with sails furnished by Oldrieve & Horn. She is steel strapped and her cabin is built of British Columbia cedar. She will be put on the route between Kingston and Lake Superior with Capt. James Fleming, late of the Glenora, in command.
The str. Bannockburn will clear for Toledo this afternoon.
Capt. Davis, Gananoque, is building a handsome steam yacht for his own use.
Capt. R. Bradley has arrived from St. Lazare de Vaudreuil, Que., to take charge of the barge Jennie.
Capt. M. Lafebvre is here to captain the barge Regina in place of Capt. Mallett who goes to Ogdensburg.
Despite statements to the contrary, Capt. Mallette will be master of the schr. Hoboken, of Ogdensburg, this season.
At Port Colborne, the following boats began locking down, yesterday afternoon: strs. W.B. Ketcham and consorts, Owen, McWilliam, W.R. Stafford, consort Fancombe, Columbia, Chicago to Ogdensburg; Business, Toledo to Kingston, all corn.
p.2 District Dashes - A large crowd gathered together at Seeley's Bay, last Thursday, to witness the launch of Hawkins & Randall's new scow. She was designed by Jas. Gerald, built for carrying all kinds of freight, being decked fully and covered hatches. The dimensions are 92 feet in length, 18 1/2 feet beam, the depth of the hold 5 feet. She was named "Dandy."
Capt. M. Heffernan will take command of the str. Aberdeen, Picton.
p.3 Rockport, April 17th - ....James Root passed his examination at Kingston as a captain....