p.1 To Raise The Steamer - The Brockville Navigation company intend shortly to undertake the work of raising the Victoria, now partially submerged in Tunnel Bay through coming in contact with heavy ice last fall. The steamer Brockville will first be fitted out, and with the aid of two scows, it is expected little difficulty will be experienced in pumping her out. When this is done the Victoria will be dry docked at Kingston, where thorough repairs will be made and a new engine installed.
A Waiting Fleet - Detroit, April 19th - The ice conditions in the Soo passage are unchanged. At Lime Island the ice is reported as sixteen inches thick and solid. The steamers Volunteer Moore and General Ort have joined the waiting fleet.
RAN INTO HARD LUCK
Schooner Oliver Mowat Out In Squall.
The schooner Oliver Mowat met with hard luck while on its first trip of the season, and as a result the vessel is laid up here, and will have to undergo repairs.
Capt. Robinson, of Port Hope, cleared from Oswego with a cargo of coal for McLellan, at Bowmanville, but ran up against a squall yesterday, was robbed of almost all headgear, and had to seek shelter at Cape Vincent. The vessel was towed here last night from the Cape by the tug Frontenac and is at present in the M.T. company's slip.
The vessel met with a double misfortune, springing a bad leak just after the squall set up. The crew had a busy time working the pumps, and this morning, there were about three feet of water in the hold of the vessel. The crew had been on the job all night, and this morning Capt. Robinson secured a number of men here to work at the pumps.
It is stated that an effort will be made to sell the cargo of coal in this city, and allow the schooner to go into dry dock for repairs. Mr. McLellan, to whom the coal was consigned has an interest in the vessel, and it is expected that such an arrangement can be brought about.
As it was the first trip of the season, it certainly looked like a bad start off for the genial captain, who is well known in marine circles here.
The captain is having his share of trouble of late, as not long ago he had the misfortune to fall and suffer a fractured leg.
Capt. Robinson says that another schooner was out in the squall, and suffered a great deal as a result, but he did not know the name of the schooner. It is not thought to be a Kingston vessel.
The steamer New York is still on the dry dock.
The R. & O. Navigation company's boats start on May 1st.
The steamer Donnelly is being fitted out at the water works wharf.
The schooner Metzner has cleared for Sodus, to load coal for Kingston.
Gasoline launches are beginning to put in an appearance for the first time this year.
The schooner Acacia is expected at Crawford's today, with a cargo of coal from Oswego.
The steambarge Navajo has come out of the dry dock, and is now lying in Richardsons' slip.
The steamer Rideau King is nearly ready to make her first trip to Ottawa. The steamer leaves Kingston May 1st.
The steamer George Horne, of Chicago, has arrived at the M.T. company's elevator, with 81,000 bushels of corn.
The tug Gun has started from New York for Buffalo via the St. Lawrence. The craft has been purchased by the Niagara Power company, and will probably be used for towing on the Niagara river. The vessel is seventy feet long.
The engine and boiler of the pleasure yacht Skylark, which was towed to Portsmouth by the yacht George H., will be taken out and placed in the schooner Robert McDonald. The Skylark will be turned into a house boat for Ira Folger, who will use it for American tourists.
Some Marine Notes.
The steamer Island Belle, of Clayton, is at Davis' dock undergoing repairs.
The schooner Clara Youell cleared this afternoon for Sodus, for coal for Crawford.
The schooner Charlie Marshall is loading stone at the penitentiary for Cobourg.
The schooner Bertie Kalkins will clear tonight for Oswego, for coal for Sowards.
The tug Emerson and tow arrived this afternoon from Fairhaven with coal for the M.T. Co.
The steamer Little Mack, from Chaumont, N.Y., is undergoing boiler repairs at the Kingston Foundry.
The steambarge F.D. Phelps, of Chaumont, N.Y., arrived here today, having towed a barge to Ogdensburg. She will clear for Chaumont.
The schooner yacht Wave Crest, owned by G.W. Davis of New York, will be hauled out on the Kingston Foundry ways next Wednesday for a general overhauling and fitting out.
The steamer Argyle, now fitting out at Portsmouth, will be brought to the city, where it will be more convenient to have some work done as soon as a proper wharf can be arranged for.