p.1 Pith of the News - The steamer Lakeside left her quarters at Port Dalhousie, above Lock 1, on the canal, this morning, and was locked down the harbor. After taking on freight, she will leave on her first regular trip to Toronto on Monday next.
A SCHOONER AFIRE.
The fire brigade received a hurry up call at 10:15 o'clock on Tuesday night to the slip at the foot of William street. The small schooner Laura D., owned by Sudds and Leadford, of this city, was ablaze. The fire originated in the cabin where the sails and bedding were stored, and as no one was aboard at the time, the cause is given as spontaneous combustion. Outside of some small damage to the cabin and hull the vessel was not injured to any extent.
The firemen were prompt and in a few minutes had two streams playing on the fire. The steamer St. Lawrence lay at one side of the schooner, and the G.T.R. freight sheds on the other side. Had a heavy wind been blowing, the firemen might easily have had an all night job.
The new steel steamer for the Lake of Bays Navigation company has arrived at Huntsville, and the work of putting the steamer together is well under way.
The firemen had a wet job last night at the schooner Laura D. The schooner was surrounded by sunken ice, and the men worked in the ice cold water up to their thighs.
BREAKING THE ICE
Steamer Pierrepont Starts For the Island.
The steamer Pierrepont is attempting her first trip of the season today. At nine o'clock the vessel left Folger's wharf for Wolfe Island, but at this writing it was not known whether or not she would be able to make the trip.
It is stated that the ice is very thick in some places, but some of the "old timers" believe that the Pierrepont will be able to break through all right.
Early this morning it was noticed that the Pierrepont was getting up steam. Word was passed around that the trip would be made at nine o'clock, and at that hour there was quite a large crowd at Folger's wharf to witness the start off. It is very interesting to watch a steamer breaking through the ice.
Made The First Move
To the schooner Robert McDonald goes the honor of having made the first move in the harbor. The schooner laid up for the winter at Richardsons' slip. Early this morning, the vessel was loaded with ties for the new dock at Richardsons', and made the trip from one side of the elevator to the other. Work on the new dock is progressing nicely.
In Former Years
During the past eleven years the dates of the opening of navigation in Kingston harbor have been as follows:
1896 - April 11th.
1897 - April 1st.
1898 - March 13th.
1899 - April 10th.
1900 - April 9th.
1901 - April 8th.
1902 - March 24th.
1903 - March 14th.
1904 - April 11th.
1905 - April 10th.
1906 - April 4th.
p.8 Will Get There Soon - The steamer Pierrepont failed to break her way through the ice to Wolfe Island today. In a four-hour struggle, in which she forced a passage around the Martello tower and back to Folger's wharf the task was given up. The ice is about ten inches thick but is honeycombing rapidly and it is said the old warship will make the island before the end of the week.