p.1 Securing A Wharf - Hamilton, April 1st - The Canadian Northern Railway company is said to be interested in a deal for the purchase of McIllwraith's wharf, at the foot of McNab street, and it is believed the steamers Pellatt, Ames and Plummer owned by the Canadian Northern, will run this year in opposition to the Montreal and Lake Superior Line.
VESSEL MEN ACTIVE.
Extensive Repairs To The Boats During Winter.
A trip along the harborr front reveals great activity in marine circles. During the winter very extensive changes and repairs were made to the many vessels that were lying in port. The following is a summary:
At Portsmouth - General repairs have been made to the K. & M. Forwarding fleet. Twenty-five men have been employed all winter.
Kingston Foundry wharf - Steambarge John Milne has been practically rebuilt, receiving a steel frame, steel deck frame, machinery overhauled and engine compounded. A fifty foot yacht is being built for use of the foundry company. The steamyachts Albina and Marguerite are being overhauled. Twenty men are at work in the shipyard.
Government dry dock - Steamer Spartan has been in the dock all winter, being lengthened twenty-five feet. The hull is about complete. Thirty men are at work. The government dredge Nipissing and tugs have been overhauled, five men being employed all along. Ten men have been at work on the steamer Argyle all winter. This boat has received new boiler furnaces and a general overhauling.
Craig's wharf - Steamer Caspian is awaiting entrance to the dry-dock for an overhauling. The schooner Acacia is being fitted out, as also is the steamer Topeka, of Milwaukee, which has wintered here.
Swift's wharf - Steamer Aletha is being fitted out, receiving new wales, strakes, fenders and a general overhauling.
Folger's wharf - Steamer New Island Wanderer has received new top sides, portion of deck and new frames aft. She is in a thoroughly seaworthy condition. The steamer America has received new wales amidships and a good overhauling. The other vessels of the White Squadron are being fitted out.
Richardson's wharf - Shooners Queen of the Lakes, Annandale, and the Mosquito fleet are being fitted out.
M.T. Company wharf - The whole fleet has been overhauled. The barges Montreal, Regina, Kildonan and Valencia have received new decks and frames. The barge Hecla is being rebuilt on the ways. The steamer Pellatt, of the Turret fleet, is undergoing repairs. Seventy-five men have been employed.
Davis' drydock and shipyard - Steamer North King has received new deck frames, guard knees and braces of steel, making her much stronger than formerly. Twenty-five men have been employed in the shipyard, where five steamyachts and a triple expansion engine for the steamer Varuna are being built. Steamer Rideau Queen received a general overhauling to her machinery and also otherwise. Steamer Valeria is fitting out. Steambarges Nile and Armenia and consorts, wintering here, are yet untouched. The steamer Rideau King is at Jones' Falls, where four men are engaged in overhauling her.
Wolfe Island - Steamer Fawcett's machinery is being overhauled, and her crank shaft being straightened, which will all result in the saving of fuel.
Garden Island - The Calvin fleet is ready for an early start. The new hull for the tug Chieftain is well underway.