READY TO DO THE PILOTING
And Take Vessels of Fourteen Feet Down River.
There is considerable difference of opinion expressed here, over what draughts vessels can draw in going down in going down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal. Capt. Batten and Capt. Dunlop say in the spring vessels of fourteen feet draught can go down safely. Capt. Donnelly says they cannot. Several well known pilots, consulted in the matter, express their willingness to take vessels of fourteen feet draught down in the spring. They say they can do the work safely and they hope that the government will so deepen one or two spots that a boat of that draught can be taken down at any time in the season. One pilot says he has already contracted to pilot four boats down drawing fourteen feet plump. He hopes also to get six other vessels to go down. He says that in July, last year, he brought up the river a boat drawing thirteen feet nine inches aft, and went down in the same month with one drawing thirteen feet seven inches. "It is an easy matter to avoid the bad points," he writes, "which I have noticed some marine men have spoken of." The writer is of opinion that the government this year should straighten out the channel from Prescott to Dickenson's Landing and in lake Francis. There are a few ticklish points there. The difficulty Capt. Donnelly has pointed out at Cardinal is being obviated by the government building a long pier to check the cross current that flows at the entrance and when this is done the danger of making the entrance will be removed.
p.3 District Dashes - The schooner Kate is being put in readiness at Cobourg and should the weather be favorable will go to Fair Haven, N.Y., this week, for a cargo of coal. This will be an early start, but the quantity of ice about the harbor and wharves is not very great. If mild weather sets in, it will be no trouble to make the trip.
p.4 Purchased Schooners - James and Robert Crosby, Bagot Street, have purchased the schooner Acacia from G.S. Oldrieve, and will sail her next season. The Acacia is looked upon as the best schooner around here, having weathered the terrible storm last year, in which the schooner Picton went down. Capt. Bongard, Waupoose, has sailed the Acacia for nearly eighteen years, and will be missed from the local marine circles.
Capt. James Oliver, of this city, has purchased the schooner Tradewind, of Port Hope, and is busy fitting her out for the coming season.
p.5 Incidents of the Day - N. Boulanger, Portsmouth, an employee of the Canada Atlantic transportation company, is seriously ill, and on Saturday his fellow employees made up a purse, presenting him with quite a respectable sum.
Repairs to the barges of the Canada Atlantic company, at Portsmouth, are about complete and they are ready to begin the season's work in first class condition. The repairs were carried out under the direction of James Stewart.
p.6 Gone To Ottawa - deputation of prominent citizens to Ottawa to see about dredging of Kingston harbor, the deepening of the channel at the foot of Wolfe Island.