p.1 Steamer Mascotte Seized - Windsor, April 16th - B.D. Odette, of this city, siezed at Mount Clemens, Mich., the little steamer Mascotte, on a libel for $2,000 damages. He alleges breach of contract. Mr. Odette chartered the vessel, last fall, to make twenty trips between Pelee Island and the Canadian mainland, but only one trip was made, thus causing him financial loss.
New Ferry Steamer - Toronto, April 16th - The latest addition to Toronto's ferry fleet, Blue Bell, was launched today in the Polson's Iron Works. She is a large steel ferry, of fore and aft type, and can carry 1,500 people. Miss Ruth Smith, daughter of R.A. Smith, one of the directors of the company, christened the steamer.
The Cruiser Vigilant - Walkerville, Ont., April 16th - After an overhauling at the Detroit Shipbuilding plant, which makes her speedier than before, the Dominion cruiser Vigilant has gone to Lake Erie for her season's work in looking after United States poachers in Canadian waters.
Welland Canal Open - Port Dalhousie, April 16th - The Welland canal opened for traffic at eight o'cock this morning, the first boats to lock through being the steamers Nipigon, Harlow and Keefe.
IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The Turbinia Company Reorganized.
It is understood that the Turbine Steamship company, of Hamilton, of which J.A. Goodearle is manager, and which ran the steamship Turbinia on the route between Toronto and Hamilton last year, has been reorganized. The T. Eaton company of Toronto has bought up enough of the stock to elect John G. Eaton president; John Vaughn of the Eaton company, secretary-treasurer, and H. Magee of the same company, on the board of directors. Cyrus A. Birge, who was vice-president, and several other Hamilton men have dropped out of the company. John Moodie, Jr., who was president of the company, has been elected vice-president. He says he still controls a majority of the stock, and that the Eaton company had not yet acquired a controlling interest, but he intimated that it might do so in the near future. The company is talking of putting another boat on the route, but nothing definite has been decided yet. The steamer Turbinia, which during the winter months was running between Cuba and Kingston, Jamaica, is now on its way to Toronto to resume the service between Toronto and Hamilton.
Exodus of Mariners.
This week will mark a general exodus from town of many of the masters and mates, leaving for other ports to get in readiness for the coming season, the various upper lake steamers, which are commanded by many Kingstonians.
O.J. Dix, secretary of the Masters' and Mates' Association, has shipped with the lake steamer James Laughlin, which was launched last week in Detroit and will be one of the largest boats to ply between Duluth and Buffalo the coming summer. As she will not go into commission till May, Dix will in the meantime be on a sister ship, B.F. James. He left town today. Capt. John Grant leaves for Cleveland to fit out the steamer Cadillac.
Luther Donnelly goes to Ashtabulla, Pa., to ship on the steamer Wariner.
Capt. C. Irwin left yesterday for Sault Ste. Marie to enter on his duties on the barge Agawa, of the Algoma Central Steamship company.
Edmund Staley has gone to Toledo, O., to ship on the steamer Craig.
John Mullen will be wheelsman on the steamer Minneapolis and has left for Buffalo.
Herbert Bryan will make his first trip of the season out of Owen Sound on the Glenella.
Along The Harborfront.
The steamer Donnelly arrived yesterday from Presque Isle, where she was caught in the ice last fall.
The S.S. Gordon Campbell made the trip down from Cobourg yesterday. She will go on the government dry dock for repairs to a broken wheel.
The steamer Aletha made a trip to Amherst Island this morning, and after her return to the city, left this afternoon on her first run up to Picton.
Navigation has opened in earnest now with the outgoing of the M.T. company's fleet. The S.S. Fairmount went into winter quarters at Midland, the S.S. Westmount at Sarnia, and the S.S. Rosemount at Collingwood. The former vessel was given orders to sail yesterday and the latter two today. All three will proceed to Fort William, and load grain for Kingston.
General Marine Notes.
Navigation between Lakes Huron and Superior will, it is expected, open today. The steamers Midland Queen and Midland King from Midland, are now at Detour. The ship canal was opened at the Soo, Saturday afternoon, by the tug W.A. Rooth passing up through.
p.6 Navigation At Owen Sound - April 16th - Navigation practically opened here for the season of 1906 on Saturday when the steamer Turret Court cleared for Cleveland and the steamer Gleellah cleared for Fort William. On Sunday the steamer Jones arrived from Providence Bay, and the steamer Batchewana arrived from the Soo. The steamers Rosedale and Algonquin cleared this morning for Lake Superior.