A HEAVY SEASON
Is Expected by Navigation Companies.
In passenger, and especially freight, the business of the lake and river navigation companies is fast increasing. With the approach of the warm weather the tourist travel received an impetus and people on the decks of the steamers calling in port are becoming noticeable for their numbers.
The steamer Toronto, on her initial trip down the river, Sunday morning, carried nearly five hundred people, rather an unusual crowd for so early in the season. But then the Boston convention was largely responsible for that. The R. & O. line steamers are commencing to pick up a good passenger trade, despite the earliness of the season.
Excessive Bay of Quinte port freight, principally Prince Edward county cheese, delayed the steamer Alexandria several hours on her down trip last night. An unusual amount of cheese is being shipped out of Picton for June, the cargo resembling more a fall load. Too, the amount of freight out of Kingston, from Craig's wharf, is said to be a trifle heavier than last year.
The steamer Aletha on her daily trips up the bay has a good cargo of general freight and a large average number of passengers. Even the ferry Wolfe Islander is experiencing a rushing business.
Steamboat men are all predicting a heavy season, particularly in down-the-river travel. Some reasons advanced are that for the past three years the Thousand Islands have been comparatively dull and this year there are no big expositions to prove a counteracting influence for the traveller.
The Cape Vincent route is daily increasing in popularity and the steamer brings more passengers to the city each succeeding trip.
A Fine Souvenir.
The Thousand Island and St. Lawrence River Steamboat Companies have issued one of the finest souvenir pamphlets, this year, that has been published by any company. It consists of seventy-five pages, and is replete with information and sketches, besides containing a panorama map of the St. Lawrence from Kingston to Alexandria Bay. "Terse Thoughts" is the first article which strikes the eye, and is particularly adapted to the wants of summer visitors who contemplate a short vacation, calling attention as it does to the many and varied trips among the Thousand Islands. Then follows an article entitled "The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River," telling every thing of interest concerning them, the best way to see them, and their especial value to tourists as a health and summer resort. The sporting facilities such as fishing, shooting, camping, canoeing, and motoring are not overlooked, and a section is particularly devoted to setting forth the attractions of Kingston. Views of Kingston, of scenes among the islands, of steamers of the White Squadron, singly and collectively, and of camping parties are freely interspersed. Among the last mentioned groups is a particularly fine one entitled, "Dinner Is Served," and showing Henry Folger and his three sons about to partake of the midday meal on one of the numerous islands which go to constitute the thousand. The next information gleaned from the folder is headed, "How to See the Thousand Islands." It is more than an account of the magnificent rambles taken by the Folger boats, it is most valuable as a guide and reference. It describes the trips among the islands, the distances from point to point, the scenes passed en route, and the principal places stopped at. Nothing of value in the way of information for the tourist has been overlooked and everything is illustrated by cuts which probably surpass any yet produced by the photographer's art. And finally to conclude with a "Trip to Kingston," deals with the old Limestone city, historically, politically, and from the viewpoint of its innumerable attractions and advantages. These in brief are the contents of the souvenir issued by the owners of the White Squadron and not only should it be of benefit to their interests, but it should also be of great benefit to Kingston in bringing the city more prominently than ever before the travelling public.
The steamer Alexandria passed down last night.
Steamer Kingston will make her first trip tomorrow.
Schooner Robert McDonald cleared light for Wolfe Island.
Crawford's: schooner Clara Youell, from Fair Haven, with coal.
The schooner Suffel finished unloading at Booth's, at noon today.
The schooner Maxwell is at the Grove Inn, with coal, from Oswego.
The schooner Pilot is on the Kingston Foundry marine railway for caulking.
The schooner Acacia arrived from Fair Haven, last night, with coal for the Booth company.
Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto, down and up today; steamer Hamilton due up tonight.
The lighthouse tender Haze is to be sold at public auction at Buffalo. The original value of the boat was about $50,000.
M.T. Co.: The propellor Turret Chief, with 88,500 bushels of wheat; tug Hall cleared for Montreal with four grain barges.
The steamer Pierrepont never looked better than this spring. Just now she is at the Folger wharf quite resplendent as a result of the painter's brush.
The steambarge John Reynolds, from down the Rideau, arrived in port last night, and cleared this morning for Oswego. She will load coal for Smith's Falls.