Ships For The Great Lakes.
Duluth, Minn. - The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence transportation company, of Duluth, will put into commission during the summer about to open ten steel steamships for the export trade between the upper lakes and Europe. The service will be a new and important one and it is understood that a large trade has been worked up, not only in grain and flour, but in some heavy manufactured goods, which have been handicapped heretofore for the export market on account of excessive freights.
The fleet will run from the head of the lakes through to Quebec and Montreal, where the cargoes will be transhipped. In order that they may carry cargoes of size through the Canadian canals to salt water the new vessels are to be not more than 225 feet long. They will have a capacity of 2,600 tons, however, and will carry 2,200 tons on the fourteen foot draught permitted by the present Canadian canals.
The steamer Petrel, of the Collins Bay Towing and Wrecking company, which has been lying at Craig's wharf all winter, began to leak rapidly yesterday, and late in the afternoon it was found necessary to tow her to a shallower place to prevent the possibility of her sinking. The steamer Pierrepont took her over alongside the ferry wharf. The water gained rapidly, and finally the Petrel was resting on bottom, a depth of about nine feet. It was supposed that an open sea-cock or some other pipe had caused the accident. This morning a diver was engaged to look over the bottom and stop up the opening so that the steamer could be pumped out.
The S.S. Rosemount will leave the M.T. company wharf for upper lake ports on April 10th.
The steamer New Island Wanderer, of the White Squadron, will likely be placed on the Cape Vincent route on Thursday.
The steamer Resolute is almost ready to leave for across the lake. She will start just as soon as the ice has cleared away.
The engineer of the steamer Westford has arrived to fit out that vessel. The Westford was the steamer which brought a large cargo of hard coal to Kingston last December, and also towed several coal-laden schooners across from Oswego. She wintered at Crawford's wharf.