ALONG THE HARBOR FRONT.
The schr. Collier cleared for Napanee to load barley for Oswego.
The sloop Laura D. went up the Bay of Quinte, this morning, to load grain for this port.
The tug Bronson cleared, this morning, for bay ports to pick up timber for the M.T. Co.
The sloop Madcap cleared for bay ports, yesterday, to load buckwheat for Richardson & Sons.
The M.T. Co.'s fleet is all ready to start for the upper lakes, and is only waiting for the canals to open.
Capt. J. Sullivan, of the Calvin company's tug Reginald, arrived here yesterday from Meloche, Que.
The schooner Pilot cleared yesterday afternoon for Napanee to load buckwheat for James Richardson & Sons.
The schr. Fabiola is below the bridge loading cedar post. She will clear, tomorrow, for Oswego and return with coal for Crawford.
The M.T. company's tug Thomson arrived at this port last night from Oswego with two barges, coal-laden. The Thomson is the first tug to make a trip this season.
The str. Jessie Bain arrived up from Clayton yesterday and tied up below the bridge. She was on the Alexandria Bay-Clayton route until relieved by the str. Islander.
The str. North King is in the government dry-dock to receive the finishing touches to the improvements made to her. The King will open the season on Sunday next.
The work of constructing three yachts is being pushed with all possible celerity, at Davis & Son's dock-yard. The vessels were ordered by enthusiastic western yachtsmen.
Davis & Son's dock-yard presents a busy scene. There has never, in previous years, been such a rush of work there as there is this year. Forty men are employed at present.
Capt. Martin leaves tomorrow for Ogdensburg, N.Y., to take command of the tug Myer (sic). He will be accompanied by W. Sughrue, who will be mate of the Myra this season.
The strs. James Swift and John Maynard are lying in the river below Cataraqui bridge, where they are being overhauled and repainted, preparatory to beginning the work of the season.
Thirty-seven French-Canadians, Indians and half-breeds reached the city, in a party, on Monday afternoon, from various points in Quebec. They will man a number of the barges working to and from this port.
While entering the government dry-dock yesterday morning the str. North King collided with the bow of the str. America, but fortunately the force of the accident was not sufficient to damage the America to any extent.
The work of refitting the str. Myles has been completed and all the hands who were employed on the work were discharged on Monday evening. The vessel lies in Davis & Son's dockyard, and will begin her season's work on or about May 1st.
Saturday morning Capt. Steve Tyo, while working on a scaffold in the hold of the schr. Melrose, lost his balance and fell a distance of about eight feet, dislocating his shoulder. He was driven to his home and his injuries attended to. Capt. Tyo is quite an aged man and the fall gave his system a severe shock.
There is a general protest on the part of vesselmen at the lateness of opening the canals. They claim the waterways should be opened for traffic today, and that every day they are forced to lie idle they are out a good many dollars. The Toronto board of trade has sent a protest to the government.
The tug Thomson arrived from Charlotte last night with two barges laden with 5,250 tons of coal for the M.T. Co. The Thomson and consorts were the first boats to cross the lake from this port. When bound outward considerable ice was encountered near the Ducks which delayed the boats somewhat. On the return trip very little ice was encountered and good time was made. Capt. James Murray is again in charge of the Thomson. He has the reputation of being the safest pilot on the lower portion of Lake Ontario and River St. Lawrence, and it is also claimed for him that he has instructed and graduated more reliable pilots than any other captain sailing out of this port.
A proposition is now under consideration by the marine underwriters to change the form of vessel insurance policies. The change is a return to the form of policy used last season, with an addition in this season's rate of one half of one per cent, for its substitution, in place of this season's form of policy. The new clause requiring notice of disaster to be given underwriters will be added to last season's form. Vessel owners have found much fault with the clause of the new policies providing for a "deductible average" on losses by which one-half one per cent was subtracted from all losses. They dislike being compelled to carry twelve-and-a-half per cent of their own insurance for collision liability, as required by the new policy. The latter provision seemed a wise one, as tending to make vessel owners give more attention to the navigation of their boats. It is said there is a general disposition on the part of vessel owners to take the old form of policy, even at the exact expense, should the objectionable clause be adopted by the underwriters for this season.
Incidents of the Day - Capt. Strange's yacht Norma is undergoing repairs. Her mast will be shifted forward and some of her head sail will be reduced. It is thought her sailing qualities will be improved.
The Kingston Yacht Club - membership growing; prospects good. (full column)
p.2 Thousand Island Park, April 21st - Navigation is fully opened on the St. Lawrence from Clayton down. The str. Jessie Bain is now on her daily route from Clayton to the Bay. It is expected that the Islander will be on the route this week.... Capt. Henry Robbins launched his sloop Flying Cloud on Saturday. It has been thoroughly rebuilt and also got a new suit of sails, which makes it look gay....