p.1 Arming the Petrel - Windsor, April 4th - The Dominion steamer Petrel is being fitted out for the season at Walkerville and the government has forwarded two new guns to be placed in position on the vessel deck. It is claimed of the cannon that they can send a shell sufficiently far to make up for any deficiency in vessel speed when she is after poachers.
p.2 Sport Review - plans for fifteen-foot yachts for Gananoque Yacht Club have arrived.
Davis & Sons have been given an order to build a forty-eight foot steamyacht for Oscar Corby, of Guelph. It is to run eighteen miles an hour.
Capt. D. Matheson, of the marine department, is here to superintend the raising of the sunken tug St. Paul at Crawford's wharf. He has engaged a number of longshoremen for the work. The dredge is being run alongside the tug, which will be jacked up between the dredge and the wharf. Then it will be siphoned out.
Montreal Line To Build Boats For The Service.
"We have decided to build two large handsome screw-wheel steamships to ply on the Toledo-Montreal route," said C. Arthur Jaques, general manager of the Montreal line. "We would have had the new steamers on the route this season if it was possible to have secured them. But the shipyards are busy and they can't rush out passenger boats like they do freighters. The new boats will be of screw-wheel propelling power for the reason that side-wheelers are not practicable on the Welland canal, St. Lawrence river and Lake Ontario route."
It is understood that Mr. Jaques' company will let the contract for the new ships in a very short time.
The Montreal line will place the steamers Melbourne and Cuba in service again this year, and the season will open May 1st.
There is a possibility of one of the new boats being finished before the close of the coming season. It is assured that the new ships will be of the best type of marine architecture, and especially suitable to the Canadian route.