p.1 News from Napanee, April 11th - By the appearance of things along the docks today the opening of navigation may soon be looked for, as the schr. Delaware, str. Reindeer and several smaller crafts are making readiness for the coming season. The captains are looking forward to a more remunerative season than the past.
Efforts to secure a line of steamers from Duluth to Montreal have succeeded. Three good sized Canadian boats have been chartered. Duncan & Woodhouse, of Montreal, will be managers.
The lights have been lit at Oswego. The mariners there are expecting the arrival of the schr. Queen of the Lakes, from Kingston, with barley.
The North King will commence her regular season trips on April 28th.
Capt. Joseph Dix has decided to change the name of the str. Lorelei. He will call her Valaria.
W.H. Allen, son of Capt. Allen, of the str. Pierrepont, has passed examinations before Capt. Donnelly as lake pilot.
Capt. Saunders spent much time and money on the schr. Ella Murton during the winter and she is now ready for navigation.
Capt. Cornelius will sail his sloop, the Woodduck. She has been repaired and fitted with a new set of sails. He has been a sailor for fifty-seven years.
C. Hinckley has sold the steambarge Alberta to his brother, Gus Hinckley, Cape Vincent. The steamer has been registered as an American bottom.
The str. Pierrepont started for Wolfe Island at noon on Saturday. She found the ice a little tough near the centre of the channel, but managed to get through all right.
The str. America will be used mostly for excursion purposes this season. The str. Pierrepont will do the Cape route and the str. Princess Louise will look after the Islanders.
On Saturday the tug Walker, owned by the M.T. Co., pushed through the ice in the harbor as far as the dry-dock and returned. She is, therefore, the first boat out, taking the honor away from the str. Pierrepont, which held it for many years.
The American schooner Golden Fleece, on the beach at Dunkirk for four and a half years, was fired by some person and is about burned to the ground. She is owned by Capt. James Reid, the wrecker, who had intended making another effort to release her this summer.
The owners of American vessels are delighted to learn that they are to have the free use of the Canadian Soo canal, with its immense length and deep water. The best freight rates are usually obtained from Lake Superior, and they will be enabled to carry more tonnage to and from that lake now. It is safe to say that the cargo record of the lake will be broken with the advent through of the first big boat.