Is Better Than Ever This Year.
Chief Steward Sparham, of the White Squadron, has been sparing no pains, this season, in bringing his department of the steamboat service to the highest possible state of perfection. The result of his efforts shows that the steamers are more beautifully fitted out, and more perfectly appointed than ever before. Everything on board the steamers is just as the most particular of passengers could desire, and patrons of the company can feel assured that their every interest and want will be well looked after during the coming season.
The crew of the steamer St. Lawrence will arrive here, on Wednesday, and proceed on board at once, so that a start for the 1000 Islands can be made on Thursday. The crew of the steamer Ramona will arrive on the Tuesday preceding. The last mentioned, along with the steamer Wanderer, will go down the river on Saturday next. The summer schedule for the river boats of the company will be commenced on Sunday week, and continued throughout the season.
The first excursion of the season will leave Kingston, for Ogdensburg and return on Thursday. After that, if the weather continues fine, the daily runs from Kingston among the islands will probably be inaugurated.
The agreement by which the Folger steamers America and St. Lawrence will carry the Brotherhood of Canadian Locomotive Firemen from Prescott, among the islands, for their annual outing, have been signed. The pleasure-seekers will number about 1,300.
In Sixty-Eight Minutes.
The steamer Toronto, of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company, tore off a record run from Alexandria Bay to Brockville on Saturday. She pulled out of the Bay at 8:30 and tied up at Brockville wharf at 9:38. The big steamer had the wind behind her, but there is no doubt that some of the fast motors would have occasion to eradicate base explosions, etc., to have kept the Toronto in sight. The distance from Brockville to Alexandria Bay is supposed to be anywhere from twenty-two to twenty-four miles, so it will be seen that the Toronto has created a record.
The schooner William Jamieson is unloading coal in Picton.
The steamer Toronto had but few passengers on her down trip yesterday.
The schooner Robert McDonald is at the G.T.R. wharf unloading hay from Wolfe Island.
The yacht My Lady from New York was in port over Sunday, en route up the Rideau to Portland.
Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King for Ottawa this morning; steamer Belleville down yesterday.
The steamer Donnelly entered the government dry dock this morning for general repairs. She will likely remain in all week.
All along the Bay of Quinte ports, the people are well pleased with the service being rendered by the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte steamboat company, the steamer Aletha keeping well to schedule time despite excessive freight. Business along the bay has been particlarly brisk this year. The steamer Caspian will start her trips on the 23rd, and with the steamer North King will give their daily popular trips between Charlotte and the Thousand Islands, taking the picturesque Bay of Quinte route. The steamer Aletha discontinues her Picton-Kingston daily trips the end of the month and enters into day excursion work, during July and August. She already has forty excursions booked. On her trip to the islands, yesterday, the steamer North King had a large crowd of passengers, among them many from Rochester.
p.6 To Float Bavarian - Montreal, June 11th - It is understood that a Canadian wrecking company, will undertake the work of salvage on the Allan steamer Bavarian, which now lies on the Wye rocks, near Grosse Isle, and which, it is feared, will become a total wreck if an attempt is not made in the near future to float her.
Has A Fine Launch - George Hasrouck, New York, who has a summer home in the islands, had built during the winter one of the finest boats on the St. Lawrence river. So Long II is the name of the new boat. She is forty feet overall, and four feet eight inches beam, and is equipped with a 150 horsepower Trebert engine.