The prop. Dominion has taken at St. Catharines the grain which wintered in the schr. G.M. Neelon. A large portion of the cargo was damaged and had to be thrown overboard.
The tug F.A. Folger, doing winter service at Murray Bay, will arrive in Kingston in a few days. Her boiler is receiving some repairs at Quebec.
The schr. Belle Mitchell has arrived at Garden Island with staves from Detroit. Her passage down the lakes was very tediously made. She made her first trip as a three masted vessel.
Mr. Lunt, Manager of the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company has severed all connection with the company, whose boats will in future be under the management of Gilman and Levi.
The steamers Magnet and Spartan have been purchased from the Richelieu Navigation Company by the Toronto, Grey and Bruce R.R. They are now on their way up from Montreal. In future they will ply on Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
The steamer Armenia, of the Deseronto and Ogdensburg line, is a handsome craft, especially since her renovations. Her route is a popular one, and the probability is that she will be greatly patronized. Her Captain is S. Anderson, and her purser P.D. Gordon. Both are old vessel men and know how to run a boat to please the people.
Yesterday afternoon about four o'clock Capt. J. Donnelly received permission from the Washington Government to go to the rescue of the steamer Conqueror. She is lying in a dangerous locality and must suffer badly if allowed to remain long in her present situation. This fact Capt. Donnelly no doubt communicated to the American Marine Department and they were quick to act in his favour. He has never been refused a request fairly and candidly presented to the American Government.
The fire on the tug Gardner originated on the boiler deck, and spread so rapidly that it was impossible to check the flames. The crew lost all they had. When the fire was discovered the tug was backed to the barges so that the men could save themselves. After they left the burning boat it was found that a favorite dog had been left on board and four of the crew, David Winters, Lon Brown, Nick Lewis and the engineer, at the risk of their lives, returned and saved the poor animal. The hulk burned to the water's edge, and when last seen the smoke stack was all that was left standing. It is said by the crew that the fire apparatus was badly out of order, and that no effort was made to use the dummy engine to check the flames. The tug is insured for $10,000 in the Boston, Main, Shoe and Leather, Continental and Buffalo Insurance Companies.