Amherstburg, March 30th - Orders are being received by lighthouse keepers from the Canadian government to go to their posts. Capt. John Mason has gone to the Colchester reef lighthouse, and Capt. Langloise had received orders to go to the Middle Ground Pelee Passage light. The Bois Blanc light was lighted for the first time last night. The gas buoys are ready to be placed in the water at any time. The steamer Faustin, of this place, already has made six trips this season, four to Toledo and two to Detroit.
WITH THE MARINERS.
These are very busy days with the marine men, as it will not be very long now before the coal carriers and grain vessels are at work again.
Some of the coal schooners are already in shape for navigation, and it is expected that they will be able to make a start in the course of a few days. The harbor is not yet clear of ice, but it will only be a matter of a few days before it is clear. A strong wind from the north is all that is required to break it up, and send it out of the way.
Navigation is now in full swing to Cape Vincent, and the Thousand Island Steamboat company is doing a good business by the early opening of navigation. The company also had a good business all winter with the stage, but just as soon as the water route is open, the traffic commences to increase. The steamer Pierrrepont is making the one trip each day to the Cape, leaving at 2 p.m. and returning the following day at noon. This will continue until the regular summer schedule is put into effect, when two trips will be made. The steamer Pierrepont is the veteran ice-breaker, doing good service for many years. The other vessels of the Folger fleet are being put into shape, and will be ready to go down the river as soon as the tourist traffic is in full swing. The steamer Ottawa, the new vessel recently added to the fleet, underwent extensive alterations during the winter months, and when the work is completed, will be one of the finest boats on the line.
Of course, it is rather early to make any predictions about the tourist traffic down among the Thousand Islands, but those in a position to know state that the season of 1910 promises to be a banner year.
Marine men are pleased at the early opening of navigation, and are very anxious to get their "sea-legs" on. This year, the opening in the harbor was two weeks earlier than last year.
The steamer Wolfe Islander will make her first trip to Halliday's Point on Thursday. The vessel is making her regular trips over to the city, and the islanders are once more very happy. They are at all times a happy lot, but when the Wolfe Islander is on the go, they are more than pleased.
The Bay of Quinte line of boats are being put in readiness for the season's work, and the R. & O. vessels are also being put into shape. The steamer North King has undergone extensive repairs, special attention having been paid to the renovating of the cabin. The Caspian has also been overhauled, and the company is prepared to give the public the best possible service.
Every day now, captains, engineers, firemen, deckhands, and the many others who go to make up a vessel's crew, are on the move, and everything is now in readiness for the ushering in of the marine season of 1910.
p.8 Incidents of the Day - The government dredge Sir Richard and tug Trudeau have been taken out of the drydock. They will be engaged in work in this district this summer.
Daily Standard, March 30, 1910
TOO SMALL A CREW.
Buffalo, March 30th - The case of Capt. Robert Parsons, found guilty of having operated the steamer Niagara between Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, with an inadequate crew, has been referred to the Department of Commerce and Labor by Collector of Customs Fred O. Murray of Buffalo. The penalty for the offence is a fine of $50. A decision from Washington is expected soon.
The evidence showed the trip was made in safety and at no time was there danger to the passengers. However, Capt. Parsons was found guilty of not having notified the department in writing of the occurrence within twelve hours after the steamer arrived in Buffalo.
R. & O. PLANS.
Montreal, March 30th - The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company hope to have their boats on the ferry service between Montreal and Brockville and Montreal and Longueil about April 5th.
The steamer Rochester, the new ship of the line, which was given her trial spin a week ago, is being run out for the second time today, and it is intended to have her down here about June 12th, and a week later she will be put into regular service on the Niagara to Montreal route.
p.5 American Falls Dry - ice-jam.