THE HECTOR IS LAUNCHED.
Much interest centred in the launch of the lake barge Hector, and which was successfully accomplished at the M.T. Co.'s shipyard about five o'clock last evening. From a nautical point of view the launch was a beauty. The tugs Walker and Thomson were in waiting, expecting to have a difficult task to perform in getting the barge from the ways into the water, but the reverse was the case. The tug Walker gave a little pull and with a graceful movement the Hector glided into the placid waters of Cataraqui river. She was then taken in tow and placed in the slip at the foot of Princess street where the work of fitting her out will be prosecuted. There were few spectators present outside of the employees of the company.
The barge Senator is in the government dry dock being repaired.
The str. Toltic cleared from Chicago for this port, grain laden, Thursday.
The str. Monteagle cleared for Oswego last night to load coal for Chicago.
The str. Nichols is loading scrap iron at the Princess street slip for Montreal.
The tug Hall, with two light barges, arrived up from Montreal this morning.
The schr. Emerald, from Ashtabula to Collins Bay, is on her way down Lake Ontario.
The tugs Thomson and Walker left last evening for Montreal with ten grain-laden barges.
The schr. Loretta Rooney arrived from Oswego this morning with hard coal for Booth & Co.
Capt. Ira Folger is negotiating for the purchase of a small sloop owned by Oswego, N.Y., parties.
The str. Maynard, under water in Anglin's Bay, has been floated and will be fitted up for service.
The sloop Madcap, from bay ports, discharged a cargo of peas at Richardson & Sons' elevator today.
The str. Princess Louise had a new wheel added at Davis' dry dock for one broken a few days ago.
The str. Myles, from Fort William, arrived this morning with 40,062 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co.
The schr. Houghton, from Toledo, with 22,875 bushels of corn, arrived this morning and anchored off the M.T. Co.'s slip.
The str. D.D. Calvin, with consorts Ceylon and Augusta, cleared, light, today for Toledo to load timber for Garden Island.
The schr. Verona, from Fort William, arrived this morning with 44,500 bushels of wheat, and tied up at the M.T. Co.'s wharf.
The str. Glengarry, with consort Minnedosa, Kingston to Fort William, light, passed up through the Welland canal yesterday.
The str. Clinton, with consorts Lisgar and Grimsby, Toledo to Collins Bay, timber-laden, passed through the Welland canal yesterday.
The schr. Granite cleared today for Cleveland to load coal for Midland. During the season she will ply between these two ports, trading in coal and lumber.
Government marine inspector Thompson and Donnelly were at Picton yesterday inspecting the str. Empress of India, which cleared today for Toronto to go on her route between that port and Port Dalhousie.
The str. King Ben has been floated out at Davis' dry-dock, and thorough repairs will be made. She will be ready to go into commission early in the coming week. During the season she will be employed in carrying coal from Oswego to Smith's Falls.
Death of a Pioneer - James Bushell - sailed on great lakes for many years, was steward on str. Richelieu on her first trip in 1847.