The bay steamer Varuna has been unfortunate, having again broken her wheel.
The sch. Jessie H. Breck has been stripped and will at once be laid up for the winter.
The steamers now running the river find navigation difficult in consequence of low water.
The mail boats Corinthian and Passport have gone into winter quarters in the canal basin, Montreal.
Rates of freight do not justify vessel risks with light or no insurance, and so the sailing craft are quickly laying up.
The steambarge Waterlily reports having encountered over 30 miles of inch ice on her trip from Ottawa to Kingston.
Swifts - Arrivals: prop. Dominion from Montreal; Persia from St. Catharines; str Corsican from Hamilton, Spartan from Montreal.
The sch. White Oak is loading lumber for Oswego. The sch. Forest Queen is loading barley at Gorman's dock for Oswego at 3 cents. The sch. Sweepstakes loads barley at Amherst Island and Bath for Buffalo at 4 cents.
M.T. Co. - Arrivals: sch. J.H. Breck, Port Stanley, 17,294 bush wheat; prop. Zealand, Toledo, 18,000 bush corn; sch. Mary Battle, Chicago, 20,000 bush corn.
The tug Active left for Montreal with 3 barges carrying a combined cargo of 59,000 bush of grain.
Capt. Tyo, of the sch. Forest Queen complained yesterday respecting the conduct of the captain of the Sweepstakes, who, sailing from Oswego on Tuesday evening, nearly ran into his vessel several times. It appeared to Captain Tyo as if the helmsman of the Sweepstakes desired to see how far he could go without doing actual damage. He kept the commander of the Forest Queen in hot water.
Paying For Damages - While the schrs. Julia and Goldhunter were unloading at Toronto a few weeks ago, the former was damaged by the latter to the extent of $10. Capt. Gordon, of the Goldhunter, refused to pay the damages, claiming that the elevator hands were to blame. Capt. Hartnett, of the Julia, got an order of arrest for Capt. Gordon. He settled, paying damages and costs, $14, on condition that the elevator men pay the sum to him if they are at fault.
Lumber Ashore - John G. Palmateer, receiver of wrecks at Point Traverse, Prince Edward county, writes to the Whig that on the 26th October 500 pieces of basswood lumber went ashore in his district. It was inch and inch and a quarter stuff. It bears no marks but is supposed to have been swept off a small vessel en route to Kingston. The owner, by writing to the above address, can receive necessary information respecting it.
Sailors Fight - A sailor's fight occurred on Tuesday last, in an Ontario Street inn. One pugilist received a kick in the mouth, splitting his lip. He was otherwise badly bruised. The injured man refused to prosecute his assailant.
The schr. Tranchemontagne, of Brighton, Ont., went ashore on the new pier on Sunday morning, and at daybreak was literally reduced to kindling wood; and her remains strewed the shore, where throughout the day hundreds of men, women, and children were gathering the wreckage. Her cargo was 7200 bush of rye from Brighton for Smith, Murdock & Co. Geo. Sherwood, captain and owner, makes the following statement: "We came along without incident till about a quarter of a mile from the Oswego light, when we were hit by a back sea and the vessel sagged down on the pier in spite of all we could do. She struck at 2:30 a.m., bow on, and swung around broadside to. The crew jumped on to the pier. They were 5 men and a woman, and they were taken off by the life crew. The vessel's papers were saved, and some little bedding. The crew lost everything. The life-saving crew were very prompt. I think it was not over 15 minutes after we struck the pier before Capt. Blackburn and crew were on hand. The shipwrecked crew were taken to the life-station and made comfortable. The tug Dana was also on hand promptly and did everything that was possible to rescue us. We are very grateful for such prompt assistance. The vessel was insured to cover a debt against her, and was worth about $5000. She was an old vessel, having been built at Quebec about 15 years ago, and rebuilt about 2 years ago." The register says the Tranchemontage was built in 1864, and was owned by Rathbun and Son, of Mill Point. She classed B-1. She is not valued on the register, but is said to be worth $4,500. Her cargo was insured.