p.3 Wind Wafts - The Sailor's Union thank the owners of the sch. Forest Queen for the gratuitous use of that vessel for Saturday's excursion.
The str. Flight, on the way to Napanee, on Saturday, after calling for a number of passengers at Hog Island, in rounding the western part of the island, struck the bar and damaged the wheel by breaking one of the iron flanges.
A Scales Difficulty - A little difficulty has arisen at the M.T. Co. wharf. On Saturday the sch. Shandon arrived from Chicago with 23,308 bushels of wheat. This morning she was discharged. At the commencement of the work the weighman fixed the scales, and when the grain had all passed through the elevator he tested them and found that it recquired 4 lbs to make them balance. The vessel had thus a surplus of 34 bushels according to the tally. When the bill was presented to the Transportation Company's agent he refused to pay the amount called for. He offered to allow the captain an overplus of 10 bushels and a fraction, but the latter demanded the payment in full according to the weigh-bill. He stated that he had never grumbled when he had to pay for shortages and the Company should not grumble when the case was against them. The capt. telegraphed to the owner of the vessel, Capt. Larkin, of St. Catharines, stating the facts of the case. The weighman cannot account for the change in the scales other than that some person tampered with them during the elevating.
Remarkably Fast Passage - Last week the sch. Prussia, belonging to Messrs. Calvin & Son, and commanded by Capt. Donnelly, made the run from Port Dalhousie to Garden Island in the short time of 22 hours. Although we experienced none of it here, they seem to have had quite a gale on the trip. Though not a rope was started, the Jane Woodruffe, in an ineffectual attempt to beat the Prussia, had some of her minor sails blown away. She, however, arrived only 4 hours later. Immediately on the arrival of the Prussia the Captain mustered his men and hastened to the fire then raging on the Island, where they rendered most efficient service, though some of them did not come off quite scatheless, as the blisters on their faces will testify. It will be recollected that Captain Donnelly passed his Master's Examinations in England not long ago, and was then 4 years junior in age to any captain who had previously received a certificate.
The sch. Forest Queen is loading 150,000 feet of lumber for Oswego.
The steam yacht Red Massey, from Brooklyn, arrived today to receive a new wheel.
The sch. Burwick, with timber from Thessalon River, arrived at Collins Bay today.
The sch. White Oak is to be rebuilt at Portsmouth, by which her rating will be raised.
The sch. Belle, from Toronto, with 6,425 bush wheat, came in this morning for the M.T. Co.
The yacht Eva Pope, with a party of cruisers from Campbell's Point, N.Y., came in this morning.
schrs. Canada, Cheboygan, and Siberia, Elk River, loaded with lumber, have reached Garden Island.
There was a snow storm on Lake Michigan on the 16th inst. Vessel men say it was felt severely. Remarkable?
The tug Active left for Oswego with 2 barges, to load coal. The F.D. Wheeler, with 3 barges for leached ashes, arrived here this morning.
The sch. Nellie Hunter has cleared with 367 tons of iron ore for Fairport; the sch. P.M. Rodgers has left for Clayton, and the prop. Lothair and consort Corisande for Toledo.
The prop Ocean, Chicago, lightened 6000 bush wheat; Alma Munro, Toledo, 4100 bush wheat; Argyle, Milwaukee, 4125 bush. wheat. They all proceeded to Montreal.
Called at Swifts - Magnet from Charlotte; Algerian from Montreal; Corinthian from Hamilton; Cuba from Toronto; Armenia from Ogdensburg; Persia from Montreal; Argyle from Chicago.
James O'Neil, the marine reporter of the Detroit Free Press, has saved 9 persons from drowning.
The sch. Hyderabad arrived last evening in tow of the prop Argyle from Milwaukee. The sch. had grain for the St. Lawrence & Montreal Forwarding Co. This afternoon she was hauled out for repairs which will cost about $2500.
One of the crew of the sch. Bismarck fell a distance of 23' to the rock bottom of the lock at Port Colborne; he wasn't too badly hurt.
Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: schrs. Annandale, Toledo, wheat; A. Falconer, Toledo, corn; Lyman Casey, Toledo, wheat; W.J. Suffel, Toledo, corn; barges Gibralter, Chicago, wheat; Lisgar, Chicago, wheat; Lincoln, Chicago, wheat.
The arrivals for the St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. were: schrs. Albion, Toledo, 16,906 bush of corn; Jessie Macdonald, Oswego, 150 tons of coal; Acadia, Detroit, 12,341 bush wheat, prop Dominion, Toledo, lightened 3600 bush corn.
Schooner on Fire - The sch. B.W. Folger, at the shipyard for repairs, caught fire at 3:40 o'clock from the upsetting of a varnish pot upon the cabin stove. The cabin and one sail was considerably damaged. The shipyard hands subdued the flames.