p.1 The Detroit Channel - to straighten channel between Fighting Island and Wyndotte in Detroit River.
Death of Lake Captain - Capt. John Wilkinson, commodore of ferry co's fleet of steamers, at Windsor.
FIRST COAL CARGO
Has Arrived From Oswego.
The honor of having brought the first cargo of coal into the city this season goes to Commodore Max Shaw, of the speedy little steamer Sowards. The Sowards arrived from Oswego on Wednesday morning and is now being unloaded of her cargo at Crawford's slip. It would be in order for the harbor master to present Commodore Shaw with a fine new hat - that is, providing the rules in other places were carried out.
The Sowards went over to Oswego on Monday night and had a fine trip. From now on the Sowards will keep the line warm between Oswego and Kingston.
The government boat Scout is in port again. She is working in this district.
The tug Bartlett cleared for Prescott today, to bring up some barges.
The steamer Marshall cleared from Brockville for Oswego.
The steamer Island Wanderer went to Clayton, yesterday, and will go on her regular route there.
W.J. Douglas and H.B. Mills, of the Thousand Islands Steamboat Co., went to Clayton yesterday, to make complete arrangements for the season's work there.
The schooner Ford River cleared for the Galloup Islands this morning, with about 25 men, and will work on the wreck of the steamer Sharples.
The schooner Bertha Kalkins cleared for Oswego today.
The schooner Merrill has cleared for Oswego.
J.C. Eaton's beautiful yacht Florence will clear from Toronto for Ogdensburg, N.Y. in a few days to go on the Main dock there.
Several of the Rutland boats which wintered at Chicago are being loaded there and will start for Ogdensburg this week. The outlook for package freight business has improved considerably within the past few weeks, and while the season will not be a record breaker, it will average up well with recent seasons, despite the pessimism which has existed in marine circles.
Capt. Byron J. Estes, mate Henry Burlch, and several sailors of Alexandria Bay, are in Oswego fitting out the steamer Island Belle, which had new boilers installed there. Capt. Estes expects to get away this week.
Capt. Henry Matthews, acquitted at Cobourg of murder, sailed into this port as master of the steamer City of New York last year, and on the schooner Oliver Mowat the year previous.
Ice is packed up the lake from Buffalo for a distance of thirty miles.
An offer of 1 3/4 cents on grain, Fort William to Buffalo, has been made for spot tonnage. This is one-fourth higher than has been offered this spring. Vesselmen do not consider the price worth the chance under present conditions, as there is too much uncertainty of a return cargo.
The steamers Senator Derbyshire and Samuel Marshall left Brockville on Tuesday for Oswego, the first boats to clear from that port this season.
The steamer Britannic is being fitted out for the season's work and will make her first trip from Montreal to Kingston on Thursday, May 4th. The Britannic will have the same run as last year and will be managed by the following officers: Captain, F.S. Andress; mate, C. Hart; first engineer, I.F. Marchand; second engineer, Eugene Marchand; purser, A.N. Smith.
The Rideau Steamers
The officers of the Rideau Navigation company steamers this season will be:
Rideau Queen - Edward Fleming, captain; William Fleming, mate; W.F. Noonan, purser; George Tuttle, engineer.
Rideau King - William Scott, captain; Thomas Lynch, mate; George Shannon, engineer; D.G. Donovan, second engineer.
The Rideau King will make her first trip Monday, May 1st. She has been thoroughly overhauled and repainted, and has new furnishings. Everything about her is in first class shape.
p.8 Was A Close Second - The steamer Sowards had a close second in the race for the first boat to reach the city with a cargo this spring. The Sowards arrived about seven o'clock this morning and the schooner Andrews arrived at Swift's wharf about ten o'clock with a cargo of coal from Oswego. The crew of the Andrews thought they were the first to reach the city but they were doomed to disappointment.
Blockade At the Bridge - The schooner Maize was responsible for a blockade of traffic at Cataraqui bridge for a short time, this morning. It was rather slow work getting the vessel through the passage, but the trip was made without damage. The Maize will be towed over to Oswego by the steamer Sowards.