p.1 The Season Begun - Buffalo, April 21st - At daybreak this morning, a fleet of nine vessels slowly wended its way out of the harbor and the season of 1900 was begun. In the lead of the long procession were two powerful tugs which will accompany the fleet to Ashtabula, where the ice field practically ceases.
IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The schooner Fabiola is loading lumber for Oswego.
The schooner Freeman, Capt. Montgomery, is having new masts put in at Belleville.
The steamer Elphinmere cleared from the M.T. company's wharf this morning for Chicago.
The steamer New Island Wanderer commences her Cape Vincent route on Monday afternoon.
The sloop Madcap arrived yesterday at Craig's wharf from Rudd's quarry with a cargo of sandstone.
The steamer Myles cleared this morning for Toledo, having wintered at Mooer's elevator wharf.
The M.T. company vessels are about completed. The repairs given them since December last have been very extensive in all departments.
The tug Maggie May and sloop Dandy arrived from Prescott yesterday with a cargo of corn for Richardson's elevator, and cleared for Napanee.
The tug Thomas H. Wilson, recently purchased off the George Hall company by Charles Maytham, of Buffalo, left Ogdensburg Wednesday for that place.
A large grain fleet passed through the straits of Mackinaw on Thursday for Lake Ontario ports. The straits are clear of ice. There were eighteen vessels in the fleet.
The running time of the R. & O. boats, between Toronto and Montreal, has been shortened by three hours owing to the improved steamers and the new Soulanges canal which will be used.
Few owners of schooners care to start on a voyage on Friday, and yesterday a steamer's captain would not leave Kingston on his initial trip of the season, because of the unlucky day. He remained in port until this morning.
The crews of the two government dredges at this port, have arrived and are at work getting the dredges in condition for work. It is to be hoped that they will remain here for another season, and dredge the harbor out properly. Much has been done, but more remains.
The schooner Tradewind has cleared for Toronto with a cargo of coal. Late last fall this schooner loaded coal at Millhaven for Toronto, but on account of unfavourable winds, had to run into Kingston harbor. She wintered at Craig's wharf, and is now making the trip she failed to last fall.
The White Squadron Steamers.
The officers of the White Squadron steamers have been appointed as follows:
New York - Captain, A. Miller; mate, Ira Cupernall; purser, E.V. Bloodough; first engineer, S. Ridgeway; second engineer, William Noble.
Islander - Captain, Charles Kendall; mate, Howard Gould; purser, Fred. Vanderwalker; engineer, John Finnean.
St. Lawrence - Captain, A. Kendall; mate, William Brooker; purser, A.W. Morehouse; first engineer, John Dickson; second engineer, B. Farrell; steward, Thomas McGinnis.
New Island Wanderer - Captain, W.C. Hudson; mate, John Bertrand; purser, J. Davis; engineer, John Larson.
America - Captain, E. Carnegie; purser, Charles Parker; engineer, James Gillie.
Pierrepont - Captain, James F. Allen; purser, R.C. Rothwell; engineer, William Kelly.
The officers of the steamers Empire State and Jessie Bain have not yet been appointed.
p.8 As soon as the steamer Islander receives a new boiler, she will take the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route until the middle of June, when the summer time-table goes into effect. The steamer Jessie Bain is now on this route.
The steamer Hero had a large passenger list from bay ports this morning. She arrived down at eleven o'clock, and left again at three o'clock this afternoon.
The steamer Tecumseh cleared from the government dry-dock today for Collins Bay to pick up her consort. Thence she will go up the lakes.
The steamer Glengarry went into the goverment drydock this afternoon for a few slight repairs.
Incidents of the Day - The claim for damage to grain, made by Waite, Thorburn & Co., Chicago, against McArthur Bros., Toronto, will likely be settled. This grain was damaged on its way to the M.T. company elevator last fall, the cargo being carried by the steamer Tecumseh, now in the government dry-dock.