p.1 To Look After Vessels - Hamilton, Ont., April 12th - A.B. McKay sailed from Halifax yesterday for the old country to supervise the furnishing of two vessels being built for the Quebec, Hamilton and Fort William navigation company, at Newcastle-on-Tyne, and at Dundee. The vessels are to be delivered to the company's English agents on June 1st. One of the vessels will be known as the Strathcona and the other as the Winona. The new vessels are 255 feet in length and will have a big carrying capacity.
The steamer Rideau Queen, nearing completion at Davis' shipyard, underwent the ceremony of "wetting" this afternoon at one o'clock. Water was let into the dry dock, in which the boat is being built, and as the bottom was touched by the inflow, Bessie Noonan, the little daughter of Capt. Noonan, standing at the edge of the dock, pulled a string attached to a bottle of champagne, which smashed against the side of the boat, and the christening was thus effected. At the ceremony were Capt. Noonan, Mrs. Noonan, H.W. Wilson, the builders, press representatives and a few others. The Rideau Queen will be floated out of the dock tomorrow and completed outside.
The new steamer will run on the Rideau between Kingston and Ottawa, and will be ready by June 1st. A more perfect hull was never built in Canada, for expert marine men have pronounced it a fine piece of work. The Rideau Queen is 111 1/2 feet long, 28' 4" beam, 4' 6" deep, 4' 6" draught aft and 3' 6" draught forward when in running trim.
The yacht for the St. Lawrence club, Montreal, has been planked.
By Monday next there will be 70 men working at Davis' shipyard.
The keel of the Trent Valley navigation company's new boat is being laid at Davis' shipyard to-day.
The Rathbun company has again chartered the steamer Valeria, owned by Captain Joseph Dix, to ply as a ferry steamer between Gananoque and Clayton. Capt. Dix will leave here to begin regular trips on May 1st.
The Chicago Inter-Ocean remarks that the advent of spring during the last 3 days has brought vesselmen to their boats with a rush. Orders are generally given to fit out all of the craft at once, and as soon as the work can be done. With four cents offering on wheat from Duluth, vesselmen argue that it is far better to be ready ahead of the opening. It is predicted that some eager ones will be leaving port next week. Once the start is made there will be a rush down the lakes unparalleled for years.
Incidents of the Day - The steambarge Jennie, owned by W. Brintnell, Toronto, is being lengthened at Trenton. She will be twenty-five feet longer when she makes her appearance in May. Capt. Donnelly has inspected her and found her in first class condition.
The steamer New Island Wanderer will enter the government graving dock just as soon as the absence of ice will permit. She will be followed by the steamer Tecumseh and later by the barge Muskoka, of the Collins Bay rafting company's fleet.
p.8 To Blow Out the Water - Capt. Lesslie, engaged at work in raising the steamship Scottish King, ashore on the Newfoundland coast, has found it impossible to pump the ship free of water. He, therefore, has had a large air compressor shipped to him from Cornwall. His object is to blow the water out of the steamer's hull by fastening down the decks and filling the hull with air under high pressure.