At present there are four Canadian branches of the Sailors' Union, with headquarters at Kingston, Port Hope, Toronto and St. Catharines respectively, and having a membership of about 16,000. The Toronto branch, says the Mail, under the presidency of Mr. J.D. Murphy, has closed a successful season, having at no time come into direct conflict with the owners, and at all times looked after the interests of its members. When it started in 1879 only 65 signed the roll, but there are now 130 names on the books. It has paid $165 in sick benefits, and assisted a number of sailors to find employment on the various lakes. The Kingston branch, under C.W. Crowley, Port Hope under George McGaffey, and Welland Canal under J.T. Carey, have also contributed in their ports to the successful accomplishment of the Union's objects, and all these gentlemen are now in Milwaukee to attend the annual convention being held there.
VESSELS LAID UP.
The following vessels are laid up at Cape Vincent for the season: sloops Sea Gull and L.T. Vorce; schrs. L.S. Hammond and Polly M. Rogers. The Hammond and Gull will be rebuilt ths winter.
The str. Flight has been hauled out for repairs at Napanee. The sloops Pioneer and Jane Maw have laid up.
The schr. D. Freeman is laid up at Amherst Island; the schr. Geo. Suffel, although still running, will likely lay up there also.
The following are the vessels laid up at Picton: Fabiola, Flora, Hanlan, Ocean Wave, Olivia, Nellie Theresa. Steamers Alexandra, Empress of India, Steambarge Belle Wilson. All the above are owned and registered in Picton. The Flora Carveth, owned in Trenton, is laid up here. The steamers Alexandra and Empress of India will be thoroughly overhauled during the winter. Mr. Hepburn proposes to make extensive alterations in her. Picton is the sixth largest port for the registration of shipping in the Province of Ontario, the register showing forty-one sailing vessels and six steamers, with a net tonnage of 5,137.
Laid up at Consecon: Schr. Flora Emma of Picton, loaded with barley, owned in Oshawa; tug A. Carter and dredge Goliath, both owned in St. Catharines.
The following vessels are laid up for the season in South Bay: Schr. W.W. Grant, owned partly there and partly at Napanee; schr. Kate, owned there; schr. C. Gearing, owned partly there and partly at Wellington; schr. Rainbow, owned there, to be hauled out and rebuilt this winter. The schr. F.F. Cole, owned there, will be hauled out for some caulking to be done on her.