p.1 To Have A New Boat - the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation company making plans for 450 foot long boat, with an excursion capacity of 400.
There is a congestion of vessels at Oswego awaiting coal.
The schooneers Pilot and Idlewyld (sic) are unloading sand at Craig's.
Richardsons' elevator: schooner Maggie L. from bay ports with grain.
The schooner Robert McDowall (sic - Macdonald ?) tied up at Craig's wharf yesterday for shelter.
The tug Nellie Reid cleared for Montreal with two grain-laden and two light barges. At Craig's wharf: steamers Alexandria up last night; Cuba up this morning.
The freight steamer J.H. Plummer unloaded flour from Fort William at Swift's wharf last night.
One of the Rutland company's vessels from Ogdensburg is in the government dry dock for repairs.
M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson from Oswego with three coal laden barges; S.S. Westmount cleared for Fort William.
Inspector Davis, acting under instructions from the marine department, is making a survey of the steamer Scout with a view to her rebuilding.
Early next week, the steamer Caspian will go into Davis' dry dock for repairs. She was to have gone in some days ago, but gave way to the schooner Acacia which was leaking.
Capt. E.A. Booth, Jr., goes to Toronto today to look after the installation of Nicholson ship logs in the steamers Kingston and Toronto. The Nicholson log is the most complete yet invented, and the above named steamers will be the first on Lake Ontario to have it.
Presented With a Hat.
Capt. James Dix, of the steamer Turret Crown, was presented with a new hat for taking the first boat of the season into Fort William. The presentation was accompanied by an address, signed by Harry Harkness, on behalf of the mayor, city council and board of trade of Fort William. In the course of the address the hope was expressed that Capt. Dix and his good ship would have a prosperous season, and further, that the popular captain would long be spared to earn fresh honors.
p.3 Picton, May 5th - The schooner Clara, the first vessel in the harbor this year, with coal, having unloaded her cargo, has cleared port. The steambarge Aberdeen is unloading coal at Hepburn's wharf.
p.6 Steambarge Aberdeen Ashore - The steambarge Aberdeen, of Picton, and bound down, went ashore during the night four miles up, opposite Lemoines Point. The steamer Donnelly with a wrecking crew went up this morning to release her, but had not returned at one o'clock.
A Veteran Mariner Dying - Windsor, May 6th - Robert Hartyman, 86, sailed for forty-nine years, was master for 40 years.
Personal Mention - James Stewart leaves on Monday for Coteau Landing, to act as manager of the Canada Atlantic barge business for the next six months.
p.9 An Historic Island - Grenadier Island - mentions two armed British schooners Onondaga and Mohawk used in the 1760 campaign; left Oswego loaded with troops and stores for Grenadier Island, where they joined 177 batteaux, seventy-two whale boats; several of the whale boats were converted to gun boats by mounting a nine pounder in the bow. (over 2 columns)