p.1 The second raft of the season left Garden Island at noon for Quebec in tow of the steamer Parthia. There were ten drams in it.
OUR MARINE INTERESTS.
The steamer S.J. Murphy cleared port today.
The steamer Ayr cleared yesterday for Chicago.
The tug Bronson, light, arrived up from Montreal last night.
The M.T. company's barge Senator is in Davis' dry dock for repairs
The tug Walker, with four grain laden barges, left for Montreal today.
The steam barge King Ben sailed for the American shore last evening light.
The Ogdensburg fleet of grain barges are engaged at the Prescott elevator.
All the grain fleet discharging at the Mooers company elevator have cleared, excepting the Ketchum.
The steamer Whittaker, Chicago, discharged 65,000 bushels of corn at the Mooers elevator company today.
The tug Antelope left Portsmouth for Montreal today with four barges laden with 100,000 bushels of wheat and corn.
The steamer Rube Richards and consort D.C. Hutchison, after discharging at the M.T. company's docks, cleared for Chicago today.
Capt. J. Mahoney has purchased the sloop Minnie, which is now employed in bringing stone for Richardson's dock. J. Whalen sails as mate.
The stone barges Hyderabad and Bangalore were designed and built by Capt. W. Power, of this city. When first out they appeared as sailing vessels.
The steamer James Swift is all ready to begin her season's work. She has been refitted, repainted and is now in first class condition. She will be inspected tomorrow.
The steamer Ketchum, which discharged at the Mooers company elevator yesterday, had 10,000 bushels of damaged wheat in her hold. This delayed her departure from port.
The steamers Whittaker, 53,000 bushels corn, and Marquette, 59,000 bushels of corn, from Chicago, are discharging at the K. & M.F. company's elevators at Portsmouth.
The schooner Queen of the Lakes cleared for Toronto yesterday with wheat. After unloading she will go to Hamilton for grain for this port, afterwards taking corn from here to Newcastle.
The steamer Hamilton, of the R. & O. navigation company, reached Swift's wharf last evening on her way to Montreal, opening the season for the company's western fleet. The Hamilton has been prepared this spring in a tidy manner. Outside she has been painted in bright, fashionable colors, presenting a neat appearance. Steward Marcil, with an able staff, has the main saloon and state rooms fitted up in excellent taste, everything looking bright, clean and polished. Capt. Baker still commands the steamer, with D. Graves as mate. This trip she had a large load of freight.
The spring inrush of grain has kept the transporters here on the alert since the first arrival on Sunday. All the floating elevators, as well as Mooer's elevator, have been working day and night and every river barge has been called into requisition to receive the grain going eastward. The city water front has, after a span of a few years, assumed its old time appearance, and shipping interests are booming once again. The amount of grain going through, and which will go through here this season, will probably exceed that of any previous season. The need of elevators is now forcibly seen, and great use could be made of the Montreal transportation company's if it were ready for operation. The conflict between Spain and the United States will have a good effect on the Canadian shipping. The export from American ports is considerably checked by the uncertainty of a safe passage across for steamers, and this will divert much grain from Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence, and just so long as the trouble exists the Canadian channel will bear down the bulk of the grain for export across the Atlantic. Over one million bushels have arrived here since Saturday, and there are millions more to follow.
In the steamer Cambria the Donnelly Wrecking and Salvage company has a neat and commodious passenger boat. She is not a very old craft, and in 1890 was rebuilt and lengthend. She is a side wheeler, with powerful engines, giving the steamer a speed of twelve miles an hour. From outside appearance she presents a pretty model, and her interior equipments are up to the standard. The main passenger saloon is large and roomy, with accommodation for 290 passengers. The furniture is in excellent condition, the settees, arm-chairs, lounges, etc., being upholstered in crimson plush. Her carpets were newly supplied last year, and radiators are located here and there for heating purposes. The staterooms are large and airy, affording sleeping accommodation for 105 passengers, and are well furnished. The dining room is in the forward part of the saloon, with a large pantry close by. The steamer is well equipped with life boats and life preservers, lighted throughout with electricity and contains large lavatories and bath rooms. The steamer left for Picton today to go on the marine ways for repairs to hull and engine. The company does not yet know on what route she will sail this season. The Cambria was formerly owned by George Brown, Port Arthur, and for the past three or four years ran between Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie. On August 15th last she ran foul of a raft of logs and sank near Sarnia. In her sunken condition, the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company bought her, and raised her this spring, under the supervision of Capt. E.A. Booth, jr., who brought her down. The Cambria is allowed to carry 400 passengers on the lake and 600 on the river.
Welland Canal Report.
Port Colborne, April 26th - Down: steamers Cadillac, Wilhelm and consort, Street and consort, Niko and consort, Chicago to Kingston, corn; Haskill, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Pueblo, Toledo to Oswego, corn.
Port Dalhousie, April 26th - Down: steamer Averell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer McVittie, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; barge Celtic, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; steamer Gresham, Cleveland to Ogdensburg, light; steamer Spencer, Chicago to Kingston, barley; barge Pennington, Chicago to Kingston, barley; steamer Whitaker, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer Viking, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer Samoa, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; schooner Dowd, Detroit to Ogdensburg, wheat; steamer Smith, No. 2, Duluth to Kingston, corn.
Today's Police Court - Four employees of the M.T. company were charged with an infraction of the Lord's day act in having worked on Sunday last, caulking a barge belonging to the company. E. Holton Britton appeared for the company and asked for an adjournment until Monday next. He said it could be shown that the four men had worked under pressing necessity, having been employed up to ten o'clock Saturday night and were obliged to finish the task on Sunday morning. The case was sent over until the day named.
Testing the Engines - Steam was raised in the new power house at Richardson's elevator today to try the engines. The marine leg for the elevator will be swung into position in a few days.
KINGSTON DRYDOCK FEES.
The low tariff is off. In August last on the representation of leading men of Kingston the minister of public works reinstated the low tariff in the Kingston dry dock in the hope of increasing the number of vessels using this public work. It was an unfortunate time to begin the experiment, for last fall was a season of unusual safety to vessels and there was small demand for repairs, with the result that the dock revenue was decreased $1,950 as compared with the year previous, when vessels were in for longer periods for extensive repairs. The department has now passed an order-in-council reinstating the previous high tariff, that introduced in 1892. The department in no time was favorable to the low tariff and this re-introduction comes at a time when it would be most favorable to the department's preferences. The Rosedale now in dock will pay enough before she leaves to make this a phenomenally successful year, and, of course, this will tell against those who advocate low fees. The Rosedale will be given the benefit of the winter tariff up to April 15th, since which time her owners are being charged at the rate of $105 a day. The regulations regarding payment have also been changed. Previous to this an entrance fee was exacted and the owners of the boat had ten days after presentation of the dock master's account to settle. In those ten days the boat will have left the dock and could very easily be outside the jurisdiction. The department will no longer take these risks, and has ordered that all fees must be paid before the vessel leaves the dock.
General Paragraphs - This afternoon the steamer Cambria left for Picton, where she will be hauled out on the marine ways and repaired.
Capt. Sinclair, Chicago, inspector for a board of marine insurance underwriters, is in the city.