p.1 Opening of St. Lawrence Canals - Ottawa, April 15th - The department of railways and canals has sent out a notice giving the dates of the openings of the various St. Lawrence canals. They are as follows: Lachine and Beauharnois canals open May 1st; Rapide Plat, April 17th; Iroquois, May 12th; Cardinal and Upper Galops, April 17th.
Can Carry The Greatest Yet - Lorain, Ohio, April 15th - The steamer Henry W. Oliver, built for the Wilson transit company, was launched from the yards of the Cleveland ship building company yesterday afternoon. It is claimed that the steamer will carry a greater cargo than any vessel now afloat. Its dimensions are: length, 464 feet; beam fifty feet; depth twenty-eight and a half feet.
There is still a good deal of ice in the lake off Port Colborne.
The steamer Resolute will leave this port tonight at six o'clock for Toronto.
Today the display of wind signals on Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron were resumed for the first time this season.
The steamer Pierrepont was to have started her trips to Cape Vincent yesterday, but the initial trip for this season will be made on Monday.
Capt. Renfern will be in charge of the schooner Keewatin of the Rogers coal fleet this season.
Capt. S. Taylor will be in charge of the schooner Katie Eccles, to be engaged in the lumber trade.
Capt. L. Taylor will command the schooner Katie Eccles this season. She leaves Toronto in a few days to come east.
The United States steamboat inspectors Chestnut and Molther are engaged in inspecting the S.S. Rosemount and S.S. Bannockburn.
The government dredge Rideau was towed from Kingston Mills to the vicinity of Bell's Island yesterday to continue the deepening of the channel of the Rideau canal.
The west wind last evening drove the ice across to the island shore and a considerable quantity of it down the river, leaving a clear passage along this shore. Ice still floats on the Bay of Quinte.
The tugs Thomson and Hall left today for Brighton. They will endeavor to bring down the barge Hector, wrecked last fall. W. Newman will go up with the tugs in the capacity of diver, this being his first experience in that capacity.
The sloop Minnie, with Capt. J. Mahoney at the helm, and mate Oliver before the mast, is the first canvassed craft to move in this harbor this season. She left her winter moorings for the Princess street slip this morning. The Minnie has been given a new bowsprit and a new jib, and Capt. Mahoney says she will now outsail any sloop of her class at this port.
Application has been made to the dominion government for the incorporation of the Canadian inland transportation company, in which Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa capitalists are interested. The company proposes to provide a fleet of ten steel carriers, each 276 feet in length by forty-eight feet beam, with a capacity of 78,000 bushels of wheat. They will have a fourteen foot depth in the canals. The company is satisfied that grain can be carried from Lake Superior to Montreal cheaper than the six-cent rate to New York, besides the steamers can receive profitable return cargoes. The new line will begin service next season.
The United States steamboat inspectors Chestnut and Molther completed their inspection of the steamers Rosemount and Bannockburn today and returned to Oswego at noon. This is the first season that these steamers have been inspected by American inspectors, but according to the laws of that country any boat, touching at American ports with passengers, must carry a certificate of inspection. During the past couple of years the steamers have taken a few people for their round trip, and are thus considered passenger boats. The inspectors state that the Rosemount and Bannockburn excel any boats they have yet examined in point of construction and equipment. Their hulls and boiles are of the very best.
p.6 Late Afternoon Events - The schooner Fabiola leaves Oswego for Kingston on Monday. She will be the first sailing craft to enter the harbor this spring.