FOR THE OPENING.
Of the big fleet which wintered in Chicago about seventy per cent have been chartered and are now laden with grain, waiting for news that the Straits of Mackinac are open. Many of the boats which are still unchartered will go straight to Duluth at the opening of navigation, and others will go to Escanaba to load iron ore. It is estimated that between 7,000,000 and 8,000,000 bushels of wheat have been placed for shipment from the head of Lake Superior, some vessels being chartered for three and four trips. Nearly 8,000,000 bushels of grain have been loaded into boats during the winter. In all 103 vessels were loaded during the winter.
The work of rebuilding the steambarge King Ben, partially burned during the winter, will be begun this week. The improvements to be added will be extensive. It is altogether likely the engines, etc., now in the steamer Maynard will be placed in the King Ben this spring. They are of about eighteen horse power. Those now in the King Ben are only of twelve horse power. The steamer Maynard is not likely to be refitted this spring.
The following appointments have been made in connection with the boats owned by A.W. Hepburn, Picton: Steamers - Alexandria, Capt. E.B. Smith; engineer, Alexandre Milne; Empress of India, Capt. George O'Brien; engineer, Francis Summerville; Aberdeen, Capt. Michael Heffernan; engineer, Henry Allison.
Capt. Ira Folger has put men to work in getting the schooner Fabiola ready for sea. She will be all repainted and overhauled and by the time navigation opens will be in first class condition. Capt. D. Bates will be in command this season.
Morris E. Lee, marine attorney and adjuster at Cape Vincent, N.Y., took from the great lakes to Europe the first centre-board schooner that ever crossed the Atlantic ocean. The name of the schooner was Dean Richmond.
April 10th is the date fixed for resuming the display of wind signals on all lakes except Lake Superior. May 1st is the date set for Lake Superior.
April 8, 1896
p.4 From Boom Town - Toronto, April 8th - The first boat arrived in port this morning, being the Zebra, a stone hooker from Port Credit. Capt. Wm. Hurd, in accordance with the custom, will receive a silk hat from the harbor commissioners. The steamer Lakeside, from St. Catharines, arrived in port a few minutes after the Zebra. The navigation season may be considered open.