A MAGNIFICENT STEAMER.
When the steamer North King steams out of this port at five o'clock tomorrow afternoon she will be a veritable floating palace. When the steamer ceased her trips last fall she entered Davis' dry dock, where she remained until the spring. Her hull became thoroughly dried out, so much so that she raised four inches out of the water. A large force of workmen worked on her all winter making improvements that class her as one of the most commodious and handsome steamers afloat in this part of the chain of great lakes.
The former ladies' cabin, in the stern, aft of the dining room, which heretofore contained only bunks, has been remodelled. Nine large airy state rooms now occupy this space. The office of the purser has been removed from the dining room, and a more commodious room has been set apart for his use in a more convenient portion of the boat, on the starboard side forward, between the stairway leading to the saloon and the forward gangway. The old office has been converted into a state room.
The stairs have been reversed and now lead down to the deck, away from the dining room, as heretofore, and afford a greater means of reaching or descending from the saloon. The dining room has been enlarged by cutting out the sliding doors that formerly shut off the quarter decks. Panels of plate glass enclose the quarter decks from the outside. The newly acquired space gives room for the accommodation at table of twenty more persons. The steamer is lighted throughout by electricity; the fixtures are tipped with leaf gold, the tops of pillars being similarly treated. The dining room is entirely encircled by plate glass mirrors, giving it a bright, cheerful appearance. An addition this year is a cafe on the forward deck. The wood work is of quartered oak, and it is a most artistic piece of work. The steamer inside has received three coats of white paint from stem to stern and is resplendent in snow like beauty.
The officers who will command the steamer are: Capt. Jarrold; mate P. O'Hara; steward, J. Tilton; engineer, O. Hickey, and purser, J. Knox.
The Welland Canal will be kept open tomorrow.
The Beauharnois and Morrisburg canals will open for traffic on Monday.
Considerable ice still floats about Lake Erie, blocking traffic from the canal.
The steamer Nile, light from river ports, passed up last evening for Deseronto.
The sloops Maggie L. and Laura D. cleared for bay ports yesterday afternoon.
The schooner Annie Minnes cleared last evening for Consecon to load grain for this port.
The schooners Queen of the Lakes and Singapore are yet ice bound at Port Colborne.
The barge Princess loaded 17,000 bushels of peas for Montreal at Richardsons' elevator yesterday.
The schooner Wave Crest was discharged at the M.T. company's elevator yesterday and left for Toronto last night.
The sloop Madcap, from Wolfe Island, with 1,500 bushels of peas, was discharged at Richardsons' elevator today.
This morning the tug Glide was launched from the M.T. company's marine ways. The launch was successfully conducted.
An interesting ceremony will take place on Swift's wharf tomorrow evening immediately before the steamer North King starts out at five o'clock.
The marine insurance rates were announced at Chicago this week by the lake companies, and they show a great advance over the old rates. On steel steamers valued at $50,000, the rate is 4 1/2 per cent, and under that value 5 per cent. On vessels in the lower classes of A-2, A-2 1/2 and B-2 there is a greater advance, 7 1/2 per cent being asked on A-2 vessels valued at between $50,000 and $75,000.
Welland Canal Report.
Port Dalhousie, April 28th - Passed up: Schooner Oliver Mitchell, Oswego to Toledo, coal; schooner Belle Hanscombe, Oswego to Toledo, coal; steamer Monteagle, Oswego to Chicago, coal; steamer Armenia, Kingston to Port Huron, light; schooner S.H. Dunn, Kingston to Port Dalhousie, light.
Personal Mention - J. Cherry, Barriefield, left on Thursday night for Picton, where he joined the crew of the steamer Alexandria as first mate. The steamer went over to Rochester yesterday on her first trip this season.
Was Born On Wolfe Island - Jacob McDowell, Cleveland, Ohio, died suddenly on Wednesday, aged sixty years. He was born on Wolfe Island, and was a sailor. At the breaking out of the civil war Mr. McDowell enlisted in a Buffalo regiment and when he had risen to the rank of lieutenant was captured at the battle of Cedar creek and confined in Libby prison until the close of the war. Nineteen years ago Mr. McDowell was captain of the schooner Thomas S. Mott and last year he was mate of the schooner Arthur Orr, wrecked on the shore of Lake Superior. He at that time was on the wreck of the vessel over twenty-four hours and the hardships which he then suffered seriously affected his health. His brothers John and Charles J. reside in Oswego, N.Y.
INCIDENTS OF THE DAY.
Capt. Craig received intelligence this morning that the steamer Richelieu would be sent up here next week to take her route between Kingston and Cape Vincent.
On Monday a new sloop for Peter Gratton, Stella, will be launched from the shore of Amherst Island. John Marks, Portsmouth, superintended her construction.
The schooner Acacia loaded coal at Charlotte today and cleared for this port.
The tug Spratt is expected here from Ottawa on Tuesday to assist in taking the government dredge and scows down to Chicoutimi.
The propeller Ocean will reach here tomorrow morning on her first trip from Hamilton to Montreal.
The steamer D.D. Calvin and consorts, with timber, left Toronto today for Garden Island.
p.9 The propeller Niagara will leave Toronto on Monday for Toledo to load for this port. Capt. Morgan is in command of the Niagara.
The steamer William Johnston took a raft from above the Cataraqui bridge across to Garden Island last evening.