Navigation was opened at Ogdensburg Saturday by the arrival of the steamer Messena from Alexandria Bay.
Capt. M.S. Tucker, Philadelphia, has arrived in Ogdensburg to take charge of the steamer Unique. He is to be her commander when she reaches the Delaware river. She will be ready to sail in a month.
This season the steamer Argyle will be placed on the north shore route of Lake Ontario, between Cobourg, Port Hope, Oshawa and Whitby to Toronto, the route occupied by the Garden City last season.
James Playfair, who has large interests in lumber vessels, wrecking appliances, etc., in and around Midland, Ont., is having built at Dundee, Scotland, a steel steamer of Canadian canal dimensions. The Midland navigation company, now forming, will own the vessel. Her name will be Midland Queen.
Capt. Andrew Baird, owner and master of the schooner Mary, which wintered at Napanee, is engaged in practically making a new boat of her. New deck beams have been placed the entire length of the vessel, and will be covered in new decking. New hatch combings, pawl post, stem and many other parts of the gear are being put in of new material. These improvements will rate the vessel in the Dominion sailing register as A-1 instead of B-1 as heretofore. As soon as fitted out she will go to Oswego for a load of coal.
Thomas W. Casey, Napanee, writes to the Belleville Sun that he remembers two years in succession away back in the forties, when Capt. Jacob Bonter took his steamer from Belleville to Kingston on the first day of April. Daniel Davern, of Adolphustown, also has a distinct remembrance of seeing the steamer pass his father's farm on the bay. After it had passed an ice bed near that a bugler on board played "The Girl I Left Behind Me." A Belleville man tells the Sun it was the steamer Prince Edward, in 1849.
A Faithful Employee - "Capt." Thomas Clancy, caretaker of Gildersleeve boats Hero and North King; has been with Gildersleeve firm for 40 years.
p.5 To Start Out Tomorrow - The steamer Pierrepont, known as the guardian gunboat of the Kingston harbor, will start out from the ferry wharf tomorrow morning and make its way through the ice to Garden Island. It was on April 9th last year that the Pierrepont got through to the island. Capt. Allen will again be at the helm.