p.2 Incidents Of The Day - The steamer Belleville will likely enter the drydock at Kingston next month for repairs.
Booth & Co. are unloading the first cargo of coal this morning.
The steamer Valeria is in Davis' dry dock having her port side renewed.
The M.T. company tug Thomson may start across the lake for Oswego this evening with a barge to load coal.
The steamer Islander started down the river yesteday morning for Alexandria Bay, but met a field of ice at the head of Howe Island and had to turn back.
This morning the steamer Pierrepont left for Cape Vincent via the foot of Wolfe Island. The steamer Islander was to follow her. Yesterday there was only a mile of ice across from the head of Howe Island, and last night's wind may have broken that up.
Captain Ackerman has settled the fine levied by the longshoremen's union upon his schooner, Annie Falconer for carrying coal for the Kingston Locomotive work's company, last season that concern being on the union's black list.
The schooner Flora Carveth, commanded by Capt. Steven Taylor, has left Whitby for Kingston, with barley for Clarke's malt house. She will likely be the first vessel to enter Kingston harbor this spring with a grain or coal cargo.
R. & O. Officers Appointed.
The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co. has appointed the following gentlemen to their steamers, the first named as master and the latter as chief engineer: Kingston, E. Esford, A.R. Milne; Toronto, E.A. Booth, Jr., W.A. Black; Bohemian, H. Dunlop, G. Gendron; Spartan, J. McGrath, R.G. Marshall; Corsican, D. Mills, W.S. Parker; Hamilton, J. Stevenson, A. Demartigny; Algerian, James Foubert, C. Gendron.
BUSY SEASON FOR STEAMERS
B.W. Folger, manager of the Canadian Lake and Ocean Navigation company, limited, told a representative of the Star that the report that that company was going to send its turret ships back to England was untrue. Three of these boats will run between Lake Superior ports and Sydney, N.S., carrying down ore for the Dominion Steel company, and carrying back coal. The remainder of the company's fleet will engage in the package freight trade between Montreal and other lake ports.
When questioned as to the prospects for freight during the coming season, Mr. Folger said that he did not share the view held by a great many that the season's business would be very poor.
"The late opening," he said, "which is a month later this year than last, amounts to a reduction of one-eighth of the tonnage of the lake. This will help the vessel interest a great deal, and the taking of the three turret boats from the lakes for the summer months should help Canadian bottoms to a certain extent. I do not think that we will have so poor a year as many anticipate. I have often seen a bad outlook for shipping in the spring that made the best of endings before the season was over. With an average crop in Manitoba and the North West, there will be more to do in the fall than there is Canadian shipping to take care of."
Incidents Of The Day - Alex. Milne, chief engineer of the steamer Kingston, is in the city. The work of fitting out this boat is progressing rapidly, as she is to be the first R. & O. boat on the Toronto-Prescott run this year. She will make her first trip on June 1st and the Toronto will start on June 15th.
Fell Into Water - Capt. Notman, while attempting to cross to schooner Acacia, fell in; pulled out by Capt. Palmatier.
Did Not Reach The Cape - The steamer Pierrepont failed to reach Cape Vincent today. She got down as far as the foot of Wolfe Island, but there met a great deal of ice, and had to return. Tomorrow morning at nine o'clock she will make another attempt to get through, and will likely succeed. The steamer Islander followed the Pierrepont down the river and got to Alexandria Bay without any trouble. The steamer New Island Wanderer is to go on the Cape Vincent route on Thursday.
VESSELS MAKE READY.
Consolidated Lake Superior Fleet in Commission.
Sault Ste. Marie, April 18th - All the vessels of the Consolidated Lake Superior company are being made ready to carry ore from the Michipicoten district, and it is announced that the fleet will operate as usual this season. The pulp mill is being operated, and will draw a good deal of timber. The blast furnaces are practically completed, and there will be little delay in putting them into commission, and the rail mill as well, when the government loan is finally arranged for.
CANADA ATLANTIC TRANSIT
Will Stop Business At Duluth On May 1st.
Detroit, April 18th - The Canada Atlantic Transit company has decided to go out of business at Duluth, and its office at that port will be closed May 1st. The company will continue to operate its boats between Perry Sound, Milwaukee and Chicago, but Lake Superior has been abandoned by the line. The main cause of this decision on the part of the management is said to be the rapid decrease in the export grain trade from the head of Lake Superior.