Joseph Deroche will go first mate with Capt. Ira Folger on the steambarge King Ben.
R.L. Sewell, purser on the Richelieu company's lake and river steamers, has been promoted to the position of commander of the Corsican.
The str. Niagara goes in the timber trade next year. Capt. John McComisky will not go on her this year. He will be on one of the company's other boats.
Capt. W. Dandy, formerly of this city, now of Detroit, has been appointed sailing master of the schr. Northwest, one of the largest vessels sailing out of Chicago.
Inspector Chamberlain, of jails and public institutions, has sold out his interest in the str. Merritt. The steamer will again run excursions on the Bay of Quinte.
This season, Capt. Cornelius will sail his sloop, the Woodduck. She has been repaired and fitted up with a new set of sails. He has been a sailor for fifty-seven years.
There is a large gang of men working at the boats, moored at Collins Bay, and owned by the Collins Bay rafting company. Capt. McDonald is superintending the painting of the boats.
The canal tolls for the approaching season will be the same as last. The tolls on the Canadian Soo canal will be free until further orders. The rate on the Welland canal, without reference to destination, is ten cents per ton on wheat and similar produce.
John T. Fuller, Savannah, Ill., is having a new boat built for use among the Thousand Islands. The boat, when completed, will be something new on the St. Lawrence river. She is to be built after the style of the Mississippi river boats, and of the following proportions: Forty-five feet in length, twelve breadth of beam, and will draw one foot of water. She will have a stern paddle wheel, which will be run by two five by twenty modern engines, balance valve and link motion. She is being built by F.M. Hunt, and it is calculated that she will run at the rate of nine to ten miles per hour. Her light draft will enable her to run in bays, over weed beds and in shallow places, where our ordinary steam yachts cannot run.