p.1 The King Has Gone - The steamer North King looking neat and tidy and resplendent in a brand new dress of paint, with flags flying and a saucy air, steamed from Swift's wharf at five o'clock Sunday afternoon. There must have been 1200 people on the wharf to bid the popular steamer bon voyage on her initial trip of the season. The King had a fairly good passenger list for a beginner and she is bound to retain her popularity, being comfortable and manned by courteous officials.
The schoooner Eliza White cleared for Oswego.
The schooner Falconer arrived at Swift's wharf with coal.
The steamer New York will leave for Buffalo about the end of the week.
The steamer Melbourne, from Montreal, called at Craig's wharf on Saturday night.
At Richardsons' elevator: schooner Kate from Cobourg, and schooner Monitor from bay ports.
The steamer Richards and four grain laden barges cleared from Richardsons' elevator for Montreal.
The steamer Arctic, which underwent repairs at the foundry wharf, cleared for Picton to load stone for Toronto.
The steamer St. Lawrence cleared today for Clayton, N.Y., to resume her regular trips between this port and Alexandria Bay.
Two of the vessels being built by Davis & Sons, will be shipped at the end of May. The others are to be completed by the middle of July.
The steamer Mabel Bradshaw, from Duluth, arrived at Port Arthur on Friday. She encountered great difficulty in forcing her way through the ice.
The steamer Ramona, of the White Squadron, and the tug Gladys, entered Davis' dry dock today for repairs. The Ramona will remain in the dock for two weeks.
Garden Island: schooner Marianette arrived from Oswego with coal; steamer Parthia arrived from Quebec, light; steamer India and consort Augustus arrived from Toronto with timber.
M.T. company's elevator: schooner Jamieson arrived from Toronto, with 10,000 bushels of wheat; tug Thomson arrived from Oswego with three grain-laden barges, and cleared for Charlotte with two light barges.
On Saturday afternoon the steamer Kearsage collided with the M.T. company's steamship Bannockburn, in the St. Clair river, which is blocked with ice. The Bannockburn sustained some damage to her upper works, and will go to Detroit for repairs.
The Thousand Island Steamboat company does not intend to purchase another steamer to replace the New York. Last year the steamer Empire State was not run continuously throughout the season, and it can now be made full use of besides, some changes being made to this steamer will enable it to carry 150 more passengers.
THE WHITE SQUADRON LINE.
Improvements Made To The Steamers.
The steamers of the Folger system, the "White Squadron," are being renovated and given general cleaning and overhauling. They will appear in their immaculate coats of white when the summer season opens. Many improvements have been made in them to accommodate the immense traffic expected. On account of the Pan-American exposition at Buffalo, the travel to the St. Lawrence river and Thousand Island region will be greater than ever. The steamer St. Lawrence is being equipped with a powerful marine searchlight of the style used in the United States navy, and the searchlight excursions made by this popular steamer will be more fascinating than ever. This light will be three or four times as powerful as the light formerly used. Colored screens will produce spectacular effects. The steamer Empire State, which will handle most of the excursion business, has received considerable improvements. Her upper cabin has been shortened, the front being move in about thirty feet, and the staterooms taken off forward, making more room on promenade deck. Her hurricane deck has been strengthened to accommodate a large number of passengers. A tasteful, commodious lunch counter has been placed in her cabin, and lunches will be served in place of regular meals. The search light formerly used on the St. Lawrence will be placed on the Empire State.
The steelplate steamyacht Ramona will again be run on her famous club ramble, making two trips daily, through the narrowest channels of the islands, on both the United States and Canadian sides. The shaft and wheel are being raised over two feet so that the shallowest channels can be traversed. Her beam is also being increased two feet, to make her stiff, staunch and comfortable.
The steamer America has been generally overhauled. A lunch counter has been placed in her cabin to take the place of the meal tables. All dining rooms and lunch counters of the fleet will be under the superintendency of Charles Foreman, of Syracuse, formerly of the New York Central depot restaurant.
The steamer New Island Wanderer, now plying between Kingston and Cape Vincent, will be taken off that route ere the rush of the season opens, and be put in excellent shape for her famous "Fifty Mile Tour of the Islands."
The steamer New York, which plied on the river last season, has been chartered to run out of Buffalo by the International navigation company. The steamer Empire State will take her place on the river.
From all accounts and indications, the prospects were never better for a busy season. The summer schedule of the N.Y.C. & H.R.R. to the Islands is to go into effect about June 16th, when the steamers of the Thousand Island company will connect with all trains and make the excursion trips.
Incidents of the Day - The steamer America has been taken to Gunn's wharf to be painted.
R. Gaskin left this afternoon for Cleveland to begin duty as second mate of a large lake steamer.
p.6 Vessels Held Up - estimated 85 vessels held up by ice jam in St. Clair River; ocean going freighter Northwestern battled with ice and every blade of propeller broke off.