THE FOLGER STEAMERS.
They Are All In Commission Looking Fine.
The Folger company's wharf was the scene of much bustle and activity this morning. Seldom has a steamer been put in the excursion business that looked the equal of the St. Lawrence, when it steamed towards Clayton, to take up its commission. The steamer is indeed a palace one, and in appointments and fittings her equal would be hard to find on the St. Lawrence river. The time of departure was this forenoon, and the officers in charge as follows: Captain, Milo D. Estes; mate, Manville Evans; chief engineer, Barney Farrell; assistant engineer, Michael Tetro; purser, A.W. Moorehouse; assistant purser, W. McNaughton; steward, D. Ford.
The steamer America had her full complement on the run to Ogdensburg and return yesterday.
The steamers Wanderer and Ramona leave for the islands tomorrow.
General Manager H.S. Folger and Henry Mills went down, on the St. Lawrence, to Clayton, this morning. They took along all the furnishings for the Thousand Island Steamboat company's office at Clayton, which will be opened at once. H.S. Folger returned on the mail boat this afternoon, to superintend the departure of the rest of the White Squadron, tomorrow, and will go back on the Ramona in the morning, making his headquarters for the summer in Clayton.
While the officers of the company are untiring in their efforts to please patrons, yet in the future it will be impossible for the steamers to return for belated passengers. The management would be only too desirous of doing so were it possible, but the time lost by such delays it is impossible to gain, and the passengers, at other ports, are inconvenienced as a result, and the schedule of departures and arrivals thrown out. To bear this in mind will save a disappointment in the future, so be on time.
Swift's wharf: steamer Belleville up last night; steamer Hamilton down today.
The steamer Toronto, on her trip today, had quite a number of passengers.
The steamer Tecumseh cleared from Garden Island, today, light, for Lake Superior.
The steamer Victoria will run twice a week between Rockport and Kingston, after July 1st.
The government supply boat Scout was in port today. She expects to clear tonight for Prescott.
Capt. Robert Carnegie, of Rockport, will not command Hon. Clifford Sifton's steamyacht Skylark this summer. He will be otherwise engaged.
The fore part of the week the schooner Clara, coal laden, ran aground near the lower dock, Picton, and the combined services of Hepburn Bros' steamyacht Madge and the crew were required to release her.
The schooner Grantham of the Donnelly wrecking company is being quite extensively repaired, new stanchions, bulwarks and top sides. Quite a gang of men are employed to do the work. Next week she will enter Davis dry dock for work on her hull.
M.T. company: steamer Hamilton, for Oswego, to load coal for Fort William; tug Hall with two barges from Montreal; tug Bronson with three barges and tug Thomson with two barges for Montreal; propellor Westmount and consorts will arrive tomorrow from Fort William.
A PRETTY CRAFT
Steamer Rideau Queen Is Ready For Service.
For a summer's outing, however, it is more than essential to attempt the appetite. Through the most picturesque of waters, with rich pastoral scenery everywhere greeting the eye, to the novice the trip is one of thorough charm; to the one taking the trip for the hundredth time it is but a repetition of a former delight. The steamer Rideau Queen has spacious deck room for her passengers to sit out during the day time and watch the passing panorama of beautiful country. The craft will, for the coming summer, be in charge of these capable and courteous officers: Captain, William Fleming; mate, J. Newman; chief engineer, J. Newman (sic); second engineer, W. Monroe; purser, Gordon Richards.
Talking of the prospects for the coming season, Capt. Noonan, president and general manager of the R.L.N. company, today, expressed a very favorable opinion for a rushing business. "The steamboat business owing to cool summers for the past three years has not been the best," commented the genial captain, "but already I have received scores of enquiries from parties wishing to take the Rideau trip this year, and there seems every likelihood, that the coming summer will be a busy one in steamboat circles."
Saturday morning the popular steamer Rideau Queen, of the Rideau Lakes Navigation company, makes her initial trip of the season, running a special from Kingston to Washburn, returning the same evening. On Monday the Queen commences her regular semi-weekly service between Kingston and Ottawa.
Starting the season after her thorough spring fitting out, she still claims, and justly too, the proud title of the prettiest little steamer plying out of the old Limestone City. As to her fittings, many are new, her cabin in a white and gold color scheme, is a perfect fairyland in the evening under the brilliant radiance of three hundred and fifty rose-shaded electric lights. A rich red velvet carpet and comfortably unholstered divans complete this beautifully appointed cabin. The staterooms are models of up-to-date convenience; the beds roomy and easy; electric bells to call service and running water for one's ablutions. A particularly convenient factor is several staterooms for family or party uses.
Down wide oak stairs from the cabin leads to an airy spacious dining-room. The Queen's cuisine is well and favorably known. Mr. Macnamara will be steward and with the assistance of a thoroughly efficient chef from Toronto, perfection may be looked for.
p.8 Incidents of the Day - A large buoy has been placed on the Old Sow shoal, at the head of Wolfe Island, by the steamer America, and is proving of much benefit to navigation.
Damaged By Fire - Bobcageon, Ont., June 15th - The steamer Munita, one of the Trent Valley Navigation company's boats, was badly damaged by fire, at five o'clock this morning. The fire is supposed to have originated from a spark from the boiler. The boat will be repaired and put in commission again as soon as possible. The loss is covered by insurance.