Either the steamer Caspian or North King will be running for Victoria day, and the other will start a month later.
The steamer Rosedale cleared, about ten o'clock this morning, for Oswego, where a cargo of coal will be taken on for Toronto.
The tug Frontenac made a trip over from Garden Island this morning, and returned with a cargo of withs for the Calvin company.
Capt. Chauncey Daryeau is having the schooner Ford River put into shape for the season. The vessel will be ready for a trip in a few days.
United States Steamboat Inspectors Robert Chestnut and Capt. Multher, arrived from Cape Vincent today, and will inspect the steamers New Island Wanderer, Islander, Ottawa and Ramona.
The initial trip of the steamer Pierrepont to Cape Vincent, on Wednesday, was a most successful one. Very little ice was experienced, and good time was made. Quite a few passengers came over on the return trip.
The S.S. Henry R. James, of the Rutland Transit company's fleet, Ogdensburg, N.Y., has been sold to the Quebec Transportation company, to be converted into a car ferry-boat between Quebec and Levis. The steamer will clear for Quebec as soon as the St. Lawrence canals are open.
The steamer Aletha will likely start on her run from Picton to this city on Monday. There is still some ice in the bay, but not enough to hinder the little steamer from getting through. Men have been at work overhauling her for some time. She was inspected by the government inspectors today.
Openings of Navigation.
During the past twelve years the dates of the opening of navigation in Kingston harbor have been as follows:
1908 - April 6th; 1907 - March 28th; 1906 - April 4th; 1905 - April 10th; 1904 - April 11th;
1903 - March 14th; 1902 - March 24th; 1901 - April 8th; 1900 - April 9th; 1899 - April 10th;
1898 - March 13th; 1897 - April 1st; 1896 - April 14th.
p.3 The ice crusher Algoman, Wednesday, succeeded in forcing a way from St. Ignace to Mackinac Islands. She could not make the regular landing, however.
In Marine Circles.
About $7,000 was spent during the winter on the steamer North King, in which a new bottom was constructed.
The Calvin company's new steel tug, built at Garden Island, will be ready for the coming season of navigation.
All the Folger steamers have received repairs during the winter, $5,000 or $6,000 having been spent upon them.
The crew of the Islander will arrive from Cape Vincent tomorrow and the steamer will leave on Monday for Alexandria Bay to go immediately on her run between there and Clayton.
The schooner Charley Marshall and steamer City of New York, laid up at Cobourg all winter, will clear for Oswego, on Saturday, to load coal.
The steamer Wolfe Islander received her inspection this afternoon. The island people made a mistake in not voting the money required to add false sides to the vessel, as this would have increased her carrying capacity from 173 ? to 300, and greatly increased the earning power.
The steamer Pierrepont brought a large number of passengers from Cape Vincent today and had quite a few for the return trip. Captain Allan reports that the line is practically free from ice. There is quite a little bunch between Nine Mile Point and Simcoe Island, but not enough to hinder the season.