TO DO PASSENGER TRADE.
The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company has disposed of its freight busiiness of the Montreal and Hamilton line to the Mackay company, Hamilton, and will withdraw its boats from its service. This line is known as the Bay of Quinte route of the R. & O., and the willingness of the company to sell out is a result of a decision to devote itself more particularly to passenger traffic. The R. & O. will also likely dispose of two freight boats to the Hamilton company, using the proceeds towards the purchase of a new passenger steamer.
Ice Boating Good - On Thursday afternoon, William and John Humphrey came over from Mud Bay, south of Cape Vincent, on their ice boat. They made the trip of thirty miles in forty five minutes. The boys report the ice to be in fine shape for ice boating and they did not encounter any water on the way over.
Canadian Lake Line.
S.S. J.H. Plummer - Captain, W. McLean, Collingwood; chief engineer, R. Chalmers, Midland.
S.S. A.E. Ames - Captain, A. McIntyre, Owen Sound; chief engineer, Samuel Gillespie.
S.S. H.M. Pellatt - Captain, A. Anderson; chief engineer, W.H. Durham.
S.S. Kenora - Captain, E. Stephens, Collingwood; chief engineer, A. Byers, Port Dalhousie.
S.S. Regina - Captain, P. McKay; chief engineer, P.J. McSourley.
S.S. Corunna - Captain, W.H. Byran; chief engineer, Mr. Ross.
S.S. Nevada - Captain, J. Cavanagh; chief engineer, Mr. Linton.
S.S. Arabian - Captain, Mr. O'Brien.
These boats will start about the middle of April.
SALE OF THE VESSEL.
Sarnia, March 27th - At a session of the admiralty court, before Judge Hodgins, the Reid Wrecking company appealed for a judgement against the steamer Fred Pabst, which was recently raised at the entrance to Lake Huron, where it was sunk last season, in collision with the steamer Lake Shore. Judge Hodgins issued an order directing judgement in favor of the plaintiff for sixty-five per cent of the proceeds of the sale of the vessel after deducting costs and expenses. The claim of the Reid company was for the contract price of raising the vessel, according to agreement with the Underwriters Association to whom the owners had abandoned the steamer. Direction was made by the court for the sale of the vessel.
The Sale Is Denied - Montreal, March 27th - C.J. Smith, general manager of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company denies the report that the company is about to dispose of its Bay of Quinte business in connection with a merger of through lines from Montreal to Fort William.
Making Quite A Stir - There was quite a stir around the different vessels in the harbor this morning. The fine weather was taken advantage of for necessary work, and the ship carpenter was a very busy man.