p.2 Deepen Welland - H.W. Richardson against Georgian Bay route.
Masters and Mates - held last business meeting - a successful season.
p.5 Weakened the Ice - heavy rains; Capt. James Oliver is in Toronto getting his new schooner, Abbie Andrews, into shape, and expects to clear from Toronto on Sunday to load coal for Swift & Co.
IN BAD CONDITION
Trip To Wreck of Steamer Sharples.
Capt. Gus Hinckley, who went from Oswego to Galloup Island, having on board his steamer, Capts. Reed and Baker, of Detroit, and Cyrus Sinclair, adjuster for the British and Foreign Marine Insurance company, returned to that port last night, after an inspection of the wrecked steamer Sharples, which lies on the rock near the island in a mass of ice.
The captain states that the steamer is in bad shape, but he believes she can be raised. The boat's smoke stack is completely washed away, her stern is in a badly battered condition, and her upper cabins are mere frames, coated with ice of considerable thickness; she looks as if she were a complete wreck. It is thought, however, that her frame is safe, the ice which formed around it early in the winter protecting it from the severity of the waves.
The steamer went ashore in a blinding gale, early last December, and after thirty two hours of suffering from exposure, her crew was rescued by the Hinckley, which was on her way from Oswego from Alexandria Bay, picking up the lake buoys.
In releasing this steamer the Baker and Reed company will land a good sum for it is stated that according to terms made with the underwriters they will receive for their work $20,000. The boat has a large amount of corn in her hold.
Marine Intelligence - Grain at Fort William was offered at one and a half cents to Buffalo for delivery at the opening of navigation, and an ore cargo was offered to be moved as soon as insurance attaches. Neither offer found a vessel.
Lights on the St. Lawrence river and Lake Ontario will be lighted on the night of April 10th. If it should happen that lights are needed before that date they will be provided. The light at Oswego was started for the season last Saturday.