GETTING INTO SHIP SHAPE.
The str. Pierrepont will leave for Cape Vincent every morning at 9:15 o'clock until relieved by the str. America.
The fleet of the M.T. Co. is about ready to start. A few finishing touches need to be added to one or two of the lake boats and the work of refitting will be completed.
The steamer America was inspected today. She is nearly ready for the season's work. About the latter part of next week she will begin her daily trips between the city and Cape Vincent.
The schooner Picton is being refitted and made ready for the season's work. Capt. Rooney, her commander, has arrived from Cobourg to superintend the work. As soon as convenient she will enter Davis' dry-dock for repairs.
The tug Thomson and two barges cleared at daylight for Charlotte. The ice field was met off Four Mile Point and further progress was blocked. The steamer kept steadily at work fighting her way out to the open water beyond.
The str. Islander entered the government dry-dock at six o'clock this morning. Repairs to her hull will be rushed through as speedily as possible. The steamer will enter on her route between Clayton and Alexandria Bay about Wednesday next.
Richardson & Sons' grain fleet is all ready to leave for bay ports to load peas and buckwheat just as soon as the Bay of Quinte is free of ice. The schooner Pilot is tied up here, the sloops Ballou at Collins Bay, Madcap and Laura D. at Simcoe Island and Maggie L. at Portsmouth.
The steamer Pierrepont succeeded in reaching the dock at Wolfe Island this morning and brought to the city a great number of islanders. The capacity of the steamer was taxed to supply room for all passengers. It was the first time the residents of the island were able to cross since the ice weakened.
The following captains will command the barges of the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company during the season of 1896: Condor, D. Perron; Thrush, Capt. Simmons; Hiawatha, Capt. Patterson; Lapwing, Capt. Smith; Dakota, M. Chatel; Huron, T. Hebert; Cherokee, E. Leduc; Iroquois, F. Mathew; Beauport, N. Gamlin; Jet, L. Pregent; Siren, J. Leduc; Bismarck, D. Senical; Princess, F. Poirien; Virginia, T. Laurin.
The steamer Calvin with schrs. Ceylon and Augustus left this forenoon for Toronto to load timber.
p.2 New Buoys For Shoals - Capt. F. Booth has constructed three spar buoys for the harbor. One will be placed on the penitentiary shoal, one on the Myles shoal and the other on the Bolivia shoal. These buoys will be anchored on the shoals and will not drift away during a storm, as did often the platform buoys heretofore used, neither will there be any danger of incoming boats colliding with the new buoys. Surmounting the new marine guides are network fixtures, which will attract attention at a great distance and warn mariners of the location of shoals.