READY FOR SERVICE
Steamer Caspian Starts Tomorrow.
The ever popular and reliable steamer Caspian will make her initial trip of the season, on Saturday, leaving port at 10:15 a.m. for the Thousand Islands, returning at 4:15 p.m. A complete tour of the picturesque United States and Canadian channels will be made.
Leaving here Saturday afternoon, she will proceed up the Bay of Quinte, across Lake Ontario to Summerville, port of Rochester, and the daily service between there and the Islands given by her and her sister ship North King, of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat company, will have commenced. These two speedy steamers will, also, alternate through the summer in a daily run between Rochester and Port Hope.
In many respects the steamer Caspian commences her season a new boat, and more than ever ready of acceptance of implicit faith from the excursion travelling public. After a winter's thorough overhauling in the government dry-dock portions of a new steel hull and several other additional improvements to keep up with the march of time, give her an added staunchness. She is, in truth, a neat speedy craft.
The usual "spring cleaning," under the hands of the scrubbers' and painters' brushes, has had the desired effect in brightening and putting all in spick and span condition. As in previous years she is painted "white as a swan."
"When you take a trip on the North King or Caspian, be sure and get a meal on board," is such a familiar phrase that it seems like a proverb. Excellent cuisine of former seasons has gained for these boats an enviable reputation and a silent tribute goes up to the chief steward, J. Tilton, of Moulinette. Though he has the overseeing of the two steamers, in immediate charge of the Caspian will be H. McCrodan, Belleville.
In command this year, as last season, will be Capt. Bloomfield, of this city, than whom there are few better known or more popular masters of the lake and river plying boats. The other officers will be: mate, George Smith, Picton; engineer, O.J. Hickey, Kingston; second engineer, G. Sauve, Kingston; purser, Frederick Maund, Kingston.
E.E. Horsey, general manager of the L.O. & B. of Q. S.S. Co., predicts a busy summer for tourist traffic on their steamers. Despite the earliness of the season, already the steamer North King has been doing a good business, and the coming of the warm days will but serve to drive city folk on the water and few more charming and thoroughly pleasing trips could be taken than that out of Rochester to the Thousand Islands and return.
A strong factor considered by people of the "flower city," is that they may take the trip and yet not miss work. Leaving there Saturday, they spend all Sunday on the water, see, perhaps, some of the choicest scenic bits of the fair dominion and are returned to Uncle Sam's domains in time for business, Monday morning.
Crawford's: barge Valencia with coal from Oswego.
The barge Lapwing is at Booth's with coal from Oswego.
The sloop Laura D. cleared light for Wolfe Island this morning.
The steamer Toronto had 175 passengers and considerable freight on her down trip this morning.
Richardsons': tug Reid and two grain barges from Montreal; steamer Navajo on her way from Hamilton to Montreal, with iron.
Towed by M.T. Co.'s tugs Emerson and Mary P. Hall, the big freighter Scottish Hero, travelling up the lake in halves, left port last night at 10:30 o'clock for Port Dalhousie.
M.T. Co.: tug Emerson, from Oswego with one coal barge; tug Thomson from Oswego with a coal barge; propellor A.D. Davidson, from Chicago, with 80,000 bushels of corn.
It will be two weeks yet before the broken lock in the Rideau canal at Washburn can be repaired. The first thing to be done now, and at which they are working, is to build a coffer-dam above the lock.
Canal Barge Sunk.
The following message was received, this morning, at Craig's wharf from C.D. Wilson, purser of the steamer Alexandria, at Montreal: "A barge sunk in canal lock; reports say it will be Friday before cleared up. Will be twenty-four or more hours late."
As a consequence of the sinking of the barge, the steamer Belleville did not get up yesterday and the steamer City of Montreal will not arrive today. The name of the barge is not known here; however, it is not likely a local vessel.
p.5 Cape Vincent Notes - The lighthouse tender Crocus dropped in here on Thursday morning to charge her Pintch light storage batteries. The government lighthouse inspectors are on board her.
The steamer Arundell passed through here, west-bound, with a good load of passengers. Next week her sister ship, the Iroquois, will be on the Lewiston-Thousand Island run, making a daily boat to the islands.
Off On A Cruise - steamyacht Captain Dave Waggoner and house boat Waunegan, owned by Googenheimer of New York, left for ten day cruise up the Bay of Quinte.
p.8 Pith of the News - The wrecking tug James Reid is at Fort William, to release the steamer Monkshaven, blown ashore on Pie Island, during the big storm last fall.
Yacht Association Officers - The directors of the Kingston Yacht Club Association, limited, met this morning and elected the following officers: President, J.M. Campbell; vice-president, H.W. Richardson; secretary-treasurer, J.H. Macnee.