p.1 Low Water In Rideau - Lower Rideau is 2 1/2 feet below normal.
A New Ferry Boat - Ogdensburg, March 25th - The new passenger ferryboat to be operated between here and Prescott by the Canadian Pacific Car & Passenger Transfer company, is being built at the yards of the Pusey Jones company at Wilmington, Del. The contract calls for its delivery here by July 1st. It is to be steel throughout, 100 feet long by 23 feet beam and will accommodate 100 passengers.
p.2 Working On Boat - Work is progressing nicely on the new steambarge being built at Davis' dry dock for Capt. Smith. The vessel will be used for trade on the Rideau canal. The work will be pushed along as fast as possible.
Deseronto Prepares For The Coming Season of Navigation - Deseronto, March 25th - The waterfront is commencing to look like spring. Open water can be seen by Forester's Island, and the work on the boats is making headway towards completion. The steamer Brockville is being overhauled, receiving a new smoke stack, and necessary repairs for accommodation for excursion trade this season. The steamer Reindeer and government fish boat Naiad are receiving necessary repairs. Captain Frank Barnhardt is busy painting and getting his vessel, the Horace Taber, in order. Capt. John Gowan is also busy painting and making necessary repairs.
Improving St. Lawrence
The following is the Hansard report of a reference in the House of Commons to the improvement of the Canadian channel between Kingston and Brockville.
Mr. Pugsley - This is to improve by dredging and blasting out what will probably be rock, the Canadian channel, between Kingston and Brockville, so that vessels navigating the St. Lawrence can go through the Canadian channel instead of being obliged to use the American channel. The work is being done under contract. The total estimated cost is $125,000.
George Taylor - Who has the contract?
Mr. Pugsley - Frank Gilbert, Montreal. Tenders were called and in response to a public advertisement these tenders were received ranging from $3.95 per cubic yard of rock to $4.98. The contract was awarded to Frank Gilbert, his being the lowest tender at $3.25 (sic) per cubic yard of rock.
George Taylor - I understand that most of this is removing an island at Fiddler's Elbow?
Mr. Pugsley - There is quite a large number of points at which material has to be removed.
George Taylor - That work will be proceeded with this summer?
Mr. Pugsley - Yes, it is being proceeded with this winter. (sic)
p.8 Getting In Shape - The schooner Bertha Kalkins has undergone extensive repairs, and will be looking spick and span for the opening of navigation. All the vessels of the Thousand Island Steamboat company are receiving their annual overhauling.