The new schooner Melrose will be ready for launching as soon as the ice leaves Cataraqui bay.
Capt. Shaw, of the schr. Fleetwing, has arrived in the city to superintend the fitting out of his craft.
Sails on the schr. Fabiola will be bent tomorrow. Capt. D. Bates will be in command of her this season.
At Oswego navigaton was opened Tuesday when the str. Niagara arrived with a cargo of barley from Toronto.
Capt. B. Smith, Westport, has arrived to fit out the tug Maggie May, which will ply on the Rideau river this season.
The str. Islander will enter Davis' dry dock, towards the end of the week, to receive some necessary repairs to her hull. Early next week she will start on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route for the season.
Repairs to the str. Hero, which have been in progress all winter, are about completed. As soon as her hull has been caulked she will leave Davis' dry-dock, ready to resume her route on the Bay of Quinte.
The steamer Sport will be manned by the following crew this season: Capt., Henry Westcott; engineer, Charles White; fireman, D.H. Haas; steward, William Hoxie. The work of fitting out will begin May 1st.
During the winter the tug Fearless has been overhauled in the slip at the foot of Queen street. Workmen are now engaged in caulking her and getting her in shape for the formal opening of navigation. She will ply on the Rideau river.
At 11:30 o'clock today the steamer Pierrepont made a trip to the islands, after which she attempted to reach Cape Vincent. The ice towards the foot of the island is thought to be quite solid and may give the steamer much opposition.
The steamer Bannockburn has been thoroughly repainted, both inside and out. Her hull and bulwarks outside now present a rich jet black hue. She will be ready to leave before the opening of the Welland canal, so as to be there to get through early.
The str. Pierrepont went up as far as the water works dock this morning, and broke the ice in that vicinity, after which the steamer America was towed up there for the purpose of being painted. Too much dust was flying at the winter moorings, foot of Brock street, to have the painting done there.
The tug Reginald cut her way through the ice from Garden Island this afternoon, taking a different route from that of the str. Pierrepont. A number of sailors to ship on the Calvin fleet were taken back to the island.
Does Not Favor A House - a member of the old yacht club feels it will make it too expensive to be a member.
The Local Board of Trade - annual general meeting.....
Ald. Richardson moved, seconded by W. Thompson, that the secretary write to Ottawa urging on the minister of railways and canals that the Welland canal be opened not later than the 22nd inst. Carried.
A. Chadwick moved, seconded by J. Minnes, that the secretary write the minister asking whether or not the sum appropriated for dredging purposes between this city and Kingston Mills will be expended this spring, and urging the necessity for the immediate prosecution of this work. Carried....
p.2 Wolfe Island, April 14th - The advent of the Pierrepont is anxiously awaited, especially as the present ice-boat tariff for transportation is exorbitant and "out of sight." A fifteen cent rate after a fifty cent one will seem quite mild, and certainly more in keeping with the financial resources of the great majority. There is generally, nearly always, a way to checkmate people who want the earth and a slice of some other planet, and the effective way in this case would be for the township to purchase and control one or two iceboats, through its legislature "in council assembled."
p.4 Have Chosen a Site - The executive committee of the yacht club will recommend the site at the foot of Simcoe street on which to erect the proposed club house. Mrs. Cameron has made the committee what is considered a very fair offer. The club can enjoy a ten years' lease of the site for the nominal rental of $1 per annum, the club to pay $75 cash for all boat houses destroyed by erection of proposed club house. At the expiration of ten years a further lease will be granted or the building purchased at value decided by arbitration. Plans and specifications are being prepared for submittance to the club at its next meeting. If the membership can be increased to 200, with a fee of $5, the club house can be taken possession of almost free of debt.