A FINE CRAFT.
May Do Winter Service On Lake And River.
Capt. Thomas Donnelly has returned from Manistee, Mich., where he inspected the steamer Pere Marquette, before purchase, by R.O. and A.B. Mackay, Hamilton. Capt. Donnelly states that this steamer will be first class for the passenger and freight trade between Hamilton and Montreal. The steamer measures 200 feet in length by thirty beam, is built almost solid from the stem to the bluff of the bows, and the planking of the hull is covered by steel from the lower turn of the bilge to the main deck, enabling the steamer to be used with perfect safety in any thickness of ice. For several years past this steamer has successfully navigated Lake Michigan, both summer and winter, and there will be no doubt of her being able to run to Montreal up to the first of January at least and all winter if the canal locks can be operated. Should the canals freeze up, it is the intention to use this steamer between Hamilton and Toronto and Kingston, all the winter season. The Pere Marquette has first class accommodation for 300 passengers, with first-class equipment throughout, and the freight handling equipment, Capt. Donnelly states, is the best that has ever appeared on a ship in these waters. While Capt. Donnely was at Manistee, 5,725 barrels of salt was loaded on this steamer in four and one-half hours.
p.5 Personal Mention - Capt. J.H. McMaugh, for the past thirteen years with the St. Lawrence and Chicago Navigation company, has severed his connection with that company, and intends taking a well-earned rest.
In Our Own Circuit - Word has been received that Capt. B.W. Bongard of the steamer Turbinia, reached Jamaica, January 9th, making the trip of 2,500 miles in seven days and eight hours.
p.6 Couldn't Break Through - The steamer Wolfe Islander was unable to make its way across the harbor this morning, owing to the ice having stiffened up quite a bit since last night. She attempted to run up the shore of the island and try and find a passage over from up above. The old steamer Pierrepont started out at 11:30 o'clock with the Cape passengers, and made her way across without much difficulty, giving the Wolfe Islander a channel to come through.
Incidents of the Day - The high winds of today have again opened navigation. The ice from the island for a long distance out, however, is quite solid, and it was late in the morning before the Wolfe Islander could make her trip to the city.