L.A. Nicholson, Gananoque, has been appointed first mate of the steamer North King.
T. Barlowe will be engineer on the tug Petrel this summer. The tug is being fitted up for service.
The steamer Armstrong made the first trip from Prescott to Brockville last year on April 3rd, just five days earlier than this year.
Applications are being constantly received by Kingston marine men, from out of town vessel owners, for responsible and reliable ships' officers.
About 80 men have been employed in the ship yard at Collins Bay all winter. Two barges have been thoroughly overhauled besides work done on other boats.
The steambarge Orion has been rebuilt at Collins Bay during the winter. Besides receiving other repairs, new bulwarks have been added to her. Painters are at work now.
The schooner Grantham is being pumped out preparatory to undergoing repairs to fit her for the season's work. She will be engaged in the grain trade, plying to the head of Lake Superior. Capt. Stevens will command her.
The ice in Lake Huron has broken up and is leaving by the St. Clair river. Navigation has been formally opened. At Sault Ste. Marie very little impression has so far been made on the ice, which is about twenty-two inches thick and quite solid. Traffic on Lakes Superior and Michigan has begun.
The appointment of the western line captains of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company have been made. They are the same as last year: steamer Hamilton, Capt. Baker; Spartan, Captain Grange; Corsican, Capt. Sewell; Passport, Capt. Craig; and the Algerian, Capt. Dunlop. The under officers and crews remain much the same.
p.2 Collins Bay Chronicles - ice house owned by Lesslie Company torn down last week.
The Marine Outlook - 70 per cent of vessels wintering at Chicago are chartered and laden with grain, waiting for the straits of Mackinac to open.