There is a large fleet of vessels in port this year, and there is every indication that during the winter extensive repairs will be made. The vessels that have laid up are as follows:
In Portsmouth harbour - Schooners M. O'Gorman and Mary; tugs Frank Perew and Jessie Hall, and all the elevators and barges of the St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Company.
At the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company's Wharf - The Company's barges and elevators.
Marine Railway - The following have been hauled out on the ways: Tugs McArthur and Mixer; steam yacht Marquis of Lorne; barges Moira, Trenton and Severn, of Trenton, and yacht Hebe.
Gunn's Wharf - Schrs. Hyderabad, Bangalore and Singapore; strs. Rothesay and Hero.
Swift's Wharf - Strs. Conqueror and Hastings; schrs. B.W. Folger and St. Louis.
K. & P.R.R. Dock - Schrs. Watertown, O. Mowat and Prince Alfred.
Richardson's Wharf - Schrs. A.G. Ryan, White Oak, North Star, Mary Ann Lydon and scow Lorraine.
Montreal Transportation Company's Wharves - Schrs. Jessie Breck, Gaskin, Glenora; tugs Active, Champion, Metamora and the Company's barges.
Anglin's Wharf - Str. Prince Arthur.
Below The Bridge - Schrs. Grantham, Pride of America, Eureka, str. Watertown, steam barge Indian and consorts R. Gaskin and Southampton; barges Mauby, Benson, Russel and scows of the Rideau Canal fleet.
Garden Island - Schrs. Oriental, Siberia, Prussia, Denmark, Norway, Anglo Saxon and Bismarck; barges St. Lawrence and Snipe; strs. Hiram A. Calvin, Chieftain, John A. Macdonald, Traveller and Wm. Johnston. The planking on the new barge D.D. Calvin is being rapidly pushed forward. The engine and boiler are being constructed in Cleveland under the superintendence of Mr. Jno. Hazlett, foreman of Calvin & Son's boiler shop. During the winter all the crafts will be thoroughly overhauled. In the past season there were no accidents to any of them; excepting the schr. Norway, which went ashore while endeavouring to pick up timber near Wellington.
The schr. Princess Louise lies near Bath, where she is to undergo repairs. She will be lengthened and thoroughly refitted.
At the Marine Railway a new stern will be placed in the yacht Hebe.
The tug Champion is being dismantled. Her engine will be transferred to the hull of a new craft now being built at the Montreal Transportation Co.'s shipyard. The new hull is in the model of that of the Champion, but it has a broader beam.
It is intended to replace the inside of the boiler of the Norseman with new metal in order to adapt it for burning coal. Next summer the boat will "coal up" at Oswego, duty free, instead of "wooding up" on this side of the lake.
Mr. W.H. Burdick, of Picton, has been showing up the Assessor's impartial work. His vessel, the Hanlan, was taxed to the extent of $12.50, while the schooners Flora, Fabiola, Nellie Theresa and Olivia were not assessed at all. Mr. Burdick demands an explanation.
The steamer Maud was detained for some hours at the Cape today in consequence of a derangement of her machinery.
Vessel Property Assessment.
At the last meeting of the City Council a petition from Messrs. Thomas Taylor, G.S. Oldrieve, Joseph Dix, Wm. Ryan, John Welch, John Donnelly, Thos. Donnelly, jr., W.R. Taylor, the Folger Bros., L.W. Breck, E.A. Booth, S. Fraser, James Swift, Wm. Nickle, Wm. Dandy, J.F. Swift and J.F. Leslie, city vessel owners, was read and referred to the Committee composing the Court of Revision. The petitioners claimed that owing to the scarcity of freight and the rate for the carriage of it being low, also the great expense incurred in running the vessels and keeping them in repair, the heavy rate of insurance and the tax imposed on Canadian vessels by the United States Government, vessel property had not in the past season paid expenses. It further stated that the amount laid out each year for repairs to the hulls, sails and rigging was very large and benefitted the merchants and mechanics of the city. The petition prayed that the Council would consider the matter and remit the taxes on the vessel property. The Committee have decided to recommend that the Council reduce the assessment on vessels by 40 per cent as was done last year. The Council will probably accept the Committee's recommendation.
p.3 Court of Revision - assessment of schr. Richardson struck off.
assessment of schr. White Oak reduced by $2,000.