Ice in the slips at the foot of Princess street and in rear of Richardson's elevator is all broken up and open water is visible. It is also in a weak condition in the Queen street slip.
Capt. Hatch, of the steamer Cresco, last fall anchored the vessel off Waddington, N.Y., for its winter quarters, but he regrets it now, as the severe gales and storms caused her to drag her anchor and cast her high upon the banks. She now lies in about two feet of water on the sand and it is estimated that it will cost in the neighborhood of $300 to put her in good condition.
Quite a number of sailors from this port will go to Buffalo and other upper lake ports at the opening of navigation to ship on vessels sailing the western lakes. Wages up there are far better than down this way, and that is the inducement that takes them away. The best they are offered at this port is from $18 to $20 a month. They claim they can almost double these wages.
Are Hard At Work - Work on all the R. & O. N. Co.'s boats in this harbor was begun this morning. Chief engineer E. Taylor and staff are on the steamer Spartan; chief engineer C. McWilliams and staff are at work on the str. Corsican, and, together with his assistants, chief engineer W. Black is getting the steamer Hamilton ready for the opening of navigation. The task of scrubbing the last named steamer, preparatory to painting, was commenced today. This will be the first boat of this line to leave here on the opening up of the river.
p.3 Wolfe Island - March 31st - ....Alterations are being made to the barge Scotia, which are expected to add to the convenience and capacity of the barge for storing coal. Armstrong's dock is also being extended nearly 100 feet into deeper water...
April 2, 1896
April 3, 1896
not published (Easter)
April 4, 1896
p.1 General Paragraphs - The str. Omaha, with corn on board at Chicago all winter under contract for delivery at Kingston, goes to Milwaukee until the straits of Mackinac are free of ice.
Boiler inspecter T. Thompson is inspecting the boilers of the str. Myles today.