p.3 Lake Marine - The navigation season of 1879 stands charged with a large number of lake disasters than last year, and with a total fully up to the average. 78 vessels passed out of existence. Included in the number were 4 side-wheel steamers, 5 propellors, one steam barge, 6 tugs, 3 brigs, 42 schooners, 9 scows and 8 barges,having an aggregate tonnage of 13,531, and being valued at $316,675. The month of November was an unusually disastrous one, the casualties averaging 9 a day for the entire month. The number of deaths was 83 in November and 208 for the entire season - an excess of 45 over last year. 78 vessels were stricken from the lists last year, while only 19 were added to it. The crafts lost, however, were all old and belonged to the small class of carriers, while the new vessels were all large and valuable. The total tonnage of the defunct ships was 18,531, valued at $316,075 while the capacity of the nineteen new vessels was 13,918 tons, valued at $791,500. It appears therefore, that the net loss last season was but 4,613 tons. The net decline for the past 4 years reaches 20,935.
To Be Sold - The schooner ...ina (China?) now lying at Owen Sound, is to be sold by order of the Maritime Court of Ontario for salvage and towage claimed by the Collinsby Rafting and Forwarding Company.
Public Works - When in Belleville Sir Charles Tupper was approached by gentlemen interested in the construction of the Murray Canal, and expressed himself in favour of the project, and promised his interest in promoting it. It is said that he also spoke well of the Trent Valley scheme. If the Honourable the Minister of Railways and Canals remains in his present frame of mind the Murray Canal will be commenced in a short time.
Wind Wafts - Mr. W. Ellis, engineer, Prescott, appointed Superintendent of Welland Canal, vice Mr. Bodwell.
Customs Report - (part) - Vessels registered here - 45 schooners, 10 sloops, 1 brig, 1 barque, 36 barges, 56 woodboats, 2 steam lifts, 1 steam elevator, 56 steam vessels - total of 208 vessels, 27,222 Tons.