IN MARINE CIRCLES
The opening of navigation is near at hand. In a day or so it is expected that all the ice will be out of the harbor.
The steamer Wolfe Islander will be able to come across from the island in a short time. With the tug Frontenac, the veteran icebreaker was, yesterday afternoon, engaged in breaking ice around Garden Island, and it is stated, made very good progress.
W. Douglas, manager of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, has returned from Duluth, where he has been for a week, looking after the repairs to the steamer Newsboy, which was recently purchased by the company, and which will be used on the Cape Vincent route. Work is progressing nicely on the vessel, and when completed, it will be looking spic and span, and will be a valuable addition to the fleet of this company.
It was announced today, that a deal had been made whereby the steamer Cardinal and her barge would be taken for the steamer Holcomb. The Holcomb is at present in Davis' dry dock, and will be taken over at once by Capt. Charles Staley.
Capt. James Dix has left for Sarnia, to join the steamer Ames.
The remainder of the crews of the Garden Island vessels went over to Garden Island today. Some of the vessels of the Island fleet expect to get away on Saturday.
Capt. Israel Daoust, of the barge Dundurn, has arrived in the city, also Capt. Alexander Hebert, of the barge Melrose. The crew for these two vessels have also reached the city.
Capt. Robert Carnegie was able to be out today, after his illness.
The work of inspecting the vessels of the Montreal Transportation company will be commenced in a day or so. Last year at this time all the vessels had been inspected, but owing to the late spring, all this work has been delayed.
A large party went over to Garden Island this morning with ice boats.
The Welland canal is beginning to show activity. The big grain carriers, Iroquois, Neepawa, Rosedale and Empress of Fort William, which have been tied up at Lock 24, at Thorold, all winter, are manned with their crews, ready to pull out, and start back to Fort William as soon as the canal opens, which will be some time between Saturday and Monday. Other boats are waiting at the upper end of the canal to come through and there will be a big rush for the first few days when the canal opens.
It has been announced that some of the large navigation companies will do away with pursers on their boats this year. It has been found that in a great many cases pursers do not attend to their duties properly. They do not check freight and often leave it to the deck hands to pay out money and get receipts. The heads of the companies thought if the deck hands did nearly all the work, it was simply a waste of money to employ pursers.
David Lewers, advertising agent for the Grand Opera House, will be baggageman on the steamer City of Ottawa this year.
Walter Gravelle, who has been attending Queen's this winter, has been appointed purser on the steamer Bickerdike for the coming season.
Scout In The Ice - The government supply boat Scout, which has been working her way up towards Kingston, was in sight of Gananoque yesterday afternoon, but could not make the port. She got up to within a short distance of the Jack Straw light, about two and a half miles from the town wharf.
p.8 Navigation Is Open - Wolfe Islander crosses to city; dates given for previous years.
p.9 Repairing Cornwall Canal - over 100 men working for Fallon Bros. to erect wall above lock 17.
April 14, 1911
not published (Easter)