The steamer Chieftian, of the Calvin fleet, was made ready for navigation this morning.
Steamboat inspector T. Donnelly and T.P. Thompson inspected the Calvin fleet on Saturday and will inspect the steamer Varuna and other large steamers this week.
The steamer Pierrepont continues to carry the Wolfe Island mails. The steamer goes as far as Garden Island only, the mails being transferred from there to Wolfe Island and vice versa in open ice punts.
It is expected that the government dry-dock will, early this week, receive a local vessel, and application has, it is understood, been made by the owners of several other steamers for the use of the dock as soon as possible.
Just as soon as the ice leaves the harbor the work of painting the M.T. Co.'s fleet of river barges and lake-going craft will be pushed ahead. The steamers Bannockburn and Rosemount have been painted and by the end of this week will be ready to start out.
The steamer Paul Smith made her first regular trip to Wolfe Island this morning, reaching the ferry wharf in good time. The steamer started out yesterday, but did not get beyond Point Frederick. Returning to her wharf the throttle of the engine was taken apart, when it was found some rubber packing had become loosened, keeping the lever from being worked satisfactorily.
The Calvin fleet will be in charge of these officers this season: Steamers - D.D. Calvin, Capt. A. Malone; engineer, T.C. Smith; Armenia, Capt. C. Coone; engineer, Robert Veech; Bothnia, Capt. G.A. O'Brien; engineer, G. Booth; Reginald, Capt. J. Doyle; engineer, J. Kennedy; Parthia, Capt. D. Lefavne; engineer, G. Sauve; Chieftain, Capt. A. Cassotte; engineer, T. Grey; Johnston, Capt. D. Lefavne; engineer, E. Felix; Bluebell, Capt. J. Dix; engineer, E. Sauve. Schooners - Ceylon, Capt. Horatio Smith; Augusta, Capt. J. Achee; Valencia, Capt. J. Ferguson; Norway, Capt. J. Crosby.
p.6 Off For Toronto - Port Dalhousie, April 5th - The barge Augusta, bought this spring by Capt. Ure, of Toronto, from Capt. S. Neelon, of St. Catharines, and which has been converted into a three masted schooner, left this port this forenoon for Toronto. She is the first vessel to depart from the Welland canal. The vessel will carry coal from Oswego to Toronto for the coming season.