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p.1 Thousand Island Park, April 15th - ....The sloop Flying Cloud made her first trip to Clayton on Saturday from here...
LAUNCH OF A STEAMER.
The Jack Glided Gracefully Down the Ways.
The steamer Jack, so named after Mr. Calvin's second son, was launched at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Garden Island. She glided gracefully, without a hitch, into the river, was picked up, towed into the harbor by the str. Chieftain and placed alongside the shears to receive her boilers. She is 180 feet long, thirty-seven feet beam and fourteen feet hold. She has a triple compound engine, thirteen and one-half and thirty-six inches diameter respectively and thirty-six inches stroke. The proportions are unknown in this country, but very common in Great Britain. The boilers are of the Siemens-Martin steel, of the Aetna water tube type, and are the first marine boilers of this class ever used in this country. They are to carry 160 pounds steam to the square inch. The steamer will be commanded by Capt. Wm. Simmons, of Kingston, and George Booth, son of Capt. E.A. Booth, will have command of the engine department. As soon as the boilers are in and corrected the steamer will leave for the west to load timber for Garden Island.
Schooner Kate has two loads of barley engaged from Belleville to Kingston on the opening of Bay of Quinte.
Steambarge Water Lily will be in the cheese trade from Henderson Harbor, N.Y. and way ports to Montreal.
The vessels at Picton will be thus commanded this season: Str. Alexandria, Capt. Smith; str. Empress of India, Capt. G. O'Brien; str. Aberdeen, Capt. M. Hepburn; str. Water Lily, Capt. W. Ostrander; str. Iona, Capt. J.D. Vanalstine; schr. Kate, Capt. Duetta; schr. Two Brothers, Capt. N. McCrimmons; schr. Nellie Hunter, Capt. P. Ostrander; schr. Fabiola, Capt. Horn; schr. Annie Minnes, Capt. J. Savage.
Belleville harbor was clear of ice on April 13th.
The schooner Albacore was the first to leave Port Hope this year.
The Welland Canal will be open for navigation on Saturday next.
The str. Hero will start on her regular trips on the Bay of Quinte on Saturday.
The Calvin Co's new steambarge Jack was launched successfully on Saturday.
The str. North King will begin service on her route between Cobourg (sic) a week from next Sunday.
The str. Maynard will not be run this season. Big repairs will have to be made on her before she can go out again.
The str. Glengarry will leave tomorrow with a tow for the canal. She will reach there Saturday morning, when the locks will be opened.
The steamers chartered for the Montreal-Duluth route are the props. Myles, Tilley and City of Owen Sound, the last named owned in Collins Bay.
The schr. W.J. Suffell has cleared for Charlotte from Hamilton. The Suffell was the first vessel in last year, arriving on April 4th. Capt. Corson has a record as an early bird.
The S.S. Campana, of Toronto, purchased recently to run between Montreal and Pictou, will arrive here in a few days to be cut in two at the dry-dock in order that she may get down the river St. Lawrence safely.
On Wednesday the steamer Junita went into service on the route between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, and on the Monday following the steamer Islander will go on the route and the Junita will be retired.
Capt. Batten returned from Sorel, Que. on Sunday, stated that new boilers had been placed in five steamers, including the Hamilton, Passport, Three Rivers, Sorel and Firefly. The work done on the steamer Hamilton has been of an extensive character. She has sixty-two staterooms and which can accommodate 150 passengers.
In Wade's drug store window there is exhibited a bill of lading, received by the captain of the White Oak. It represents that in 1872 the schooner carried 12,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Kingston, and the freight was 27 cents per bushel. There is a great difference between the freight rates of that year and those of 1895. At Chicago and Duluth recently charters were made for grain to Kingston at 2 1/4 cents and 2 1/2 cents per bushel.
Big improvements have been made on the steamer Pierrepont during the winter. She has had new decks, new stairway, cabin refitted and equipped with Brussels carpets and plush cushions, new plate glass windows where previously there were four panes in one window, and general repairs throughout. Capt. Allen will again have charge of the steamer. Engineer Dickson, of the St. Lawrence, will go with him until his boat starts. Annie Smith, who has been cook on the boat for thirteen or fourteen years, will again attend to the wants of passengers. James Gillie superintended the fitting out of the machinery.