Sheik's dam, by which the long level of the Cornwall canal is avoided, will be ready for navigation by June 1st.
R.J. Carson has sold the tug Maggie May and barge Peruvian to J. Reynolds & C. Hawkins, Seeley's Bay.
An experienced mariner stated yesterday that the water in the great lakes will probably be much higher this year than it was last year.
The new lock in the Morrisburg canal will, it is expected, be completed by Sept. 1st next. There will then be fourteen feet of water in the canal, from foot to head.
The Melocheville lock, at the foot of the Beauharnois canal, is being lowered eighteen inches, and will be ready for traffic when navigation opens. The alteration will prove a great boon to mariners during low water.
The suit of McKay Bros., of Hamilton, against the Dominion government, to recover damages for the sinking of the str. Acadia in the Morrisburg canal, last summer, began in Montreal today. If the plaintiffs, who bring the action on their own behalf and in the interests of the insurance companies, should win the case, it is probable that other suits will be brought to recover from the government damages for injuries, such as broken wheels, etc., sustained by various vessels while passing through the canal.
March 21, 1896
The new tug now in course of construction at Garden Island is rapidly nearing completion. She will have more beam but will not draw so much water as the old tug Traveller, which she is replacing and whose machinery will be placed in her hold. She will likely be christened the Traveller.
During the winter extensive repairs and improvements have been made to the steambarge Jack at Garden Island. New cabins and a wheelhouse have been erected forward. In addition, steam steering gear has been added, which will make her respond to the rudder movements much more quickly than heretofore, besides making the task of piloting her more easily accomplished and ensuring a greater degree of safety. One of the most important features in connection with the overhauling is the changing of her name from the Jack to the Bothnia.