IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The steamer America is being given a fine coat of paint.
The steambarge Navajo unloaded coal at Napanee and cleared for Oswego.
The steamer Advance will clear in a few days for Toronto, to load a general cargo of freight for Fort William.
The steamer Bickerdike cleared at 2 o'clock this morning for upper lake ports, after wintering at Swift's wharf.
Quite a number of vessels cleared from Oswego on Friday night. The vessels have been waiting for the insurance to take effect.
On April 15th, 1814, the Prince Regent, fifty-eight guns, and the Princess Charlotte, forty-two guns, were launched at Kingston.
The steamer Aletha made her regular trip from bay ports today, carrying a large number of passengers and a large load of freight.
The steamer Rochester, the fine new steamer of the R. & O. line, was the first vessel to go through the Welland canal, which opened on Friday.
The steamer Ottawa made fine time on her initial trip, making the trip to Clayton in one hour and forty-five minutes, the same time as taken by the steamer Wanderer. The Ottawa will be able to give good service down among the islands this summer.
Daily Standard, April 16, 1910
The steamer Ottawa left this morning for Clayton, where she will make train connection between Alexandria Bay and Clayton, for the coming season.
The steamer Sowards arrived from Oswego this morning with coal for Bath.
M.T. Co.: The Bartlett, Ungava, Cornwall and Lap Wing (Lapwing ?) clears tonight; Ungava and Bartlett to load coal for Fort William, and Cornwall and Lap Wing with coal for Kingston.
KINGSTON LOSING TRADE.
Toronto, April 16th - Several weeks ago when ocean grain rates for the month of June were announced, showing an apparent discrimination of over a cent a bushel against Montreal, in favor of United States ports, lake vessel owners and grain exporters began to predict that the stocks of grain still at the heads of the lakes would go out by way of Buffalo and American ports. While it is still a little early to tell definitely, it begins to appear as if their fear was well grounded.
During the past week, according to freight brokers, charters have been made for approximately 3,000,000 bushels of Canadian grain for shipment from United States ports by way of Buffalo. What this amount means is realized, when it is known that stocks now in the elvators at Fort William and Port Arthur amount to 7,232,000 bushels. A number of American boats are now at the head of the lakes loading, and some have already cleared for Buffalo. Probably the first grain-laden boat passed through the Soo canal Wednesday evening bound for Buffalo.
The experience of local vessel-owners in the bulk cargo business is evidence that Montreal is losing its eminence as the premier shipping port for the grain of the west. Although it is to the interest of Canadian vessel-owners to get cargoes for Montreal, because of the longer haul, they have secured very few charters for that port. Practically all the cargoes contracted for Montreal are to fill ocean vessel space arranged for some time ago.
"Although we would rather get cargoes for Kingston or Montreal," remarked one vessel owner, "we are being asked right along for rates to Buffalo."
Meanwhile, in spite of the protests of exporters and the apparent danger of the Canadian port losing its place as a grain shipping port, the ocean steamship companies have made no move to bring their rates to the level ruling at New York.
p.4 Deepen Welland - Toronto manufacturers and board of trade urge government to do so.
p.6 Braved the Current - man gets to scow which grounded 10 days ago in American channel, grounded on reef 50 feet from Goat Island shore, 200 feet above Niagara Falls.
CANAL IS OPEN.
Port Dalhousie, April 15th - The Welland canal opened today for traffic, though no upbound boats have arrived as yet to go. The fact that insurance on boats did not go into effect until today, is probably the cause. Other years the insurance was much earlier, and owners of boats do not care about leaving their starting point before the insurance comes into force. The steamer Haddington which wintered at Thorold is the only boat locking down the Canal this afternoon.
The steamer Advance expects to clear Monday for Toronto.
The steamer Aletha was in from Belleville this morning.
The steamer Bickerdike cleared for Belleville where she will load cement for Duluth.
The steamer Navajo cleared from Napanee to Belleville to load cement.
The schooner Cornelia cleared to load coal for Swift & Co.
The schooner Keewatin arrived from Oswego with coal for Swift & Co.
The steamer Prince Rupert cleared this morning for Lake Erie to load coal for Owen Sound.
The steamer Simla cleared for Fort William to load grain for Montreal.
The steamer India and consorts Ceylon and Burmah cleared this morning. The first two will go to Michigan to load elm and the latter for Toledo to load oak for Garden Island.
The steamer D.D. Calvin which was burned at Garden Island early in the week, will not likely be rebuilt. The boiler and engine are the only part of the wreck that seems to be of any value.