LOSS OF THE CALIFORNIA.
The steamboat commissioners will take the Kingston survivors of the California to Toronto for examination as soon as practicable. They are in hopes that the hull of the lost steamer will be raised before they give their final decision. If she can be raised an examination will show whether she was lost through bad seamanship or through some defect in her hull.
"The loss of the California," said Capt. Dick, inspector of hulls, "is a mystery to me. I cannot understand how a vessel can drift to windward and founder in water in which small boats could live. I believe the disaster occurred by the shifting of the cargo, as I see no shifting boards were used in stowing it."
The schrs. Bavaria and Prussia have been tied up for the season.
The schrs. Denmark, of Garden Island, and Mowat are at Montreal. On reaching here they will be laid up.
The steamer D.D. Calvin cleared for Oswego to load coal for Amherstburg. She will return with timber from Toledo.
After Richardson & Sons had chartered the props. Dominion and Augusta to bring 38,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur to Kingston they found that the grain would have to be carried at their own risk. The insurance companies would not insure the cargo because the grade of the vessels chartered was not high enough. They deal very carefully in insuring cargoes which have to pass over Lake Superior. In this section of country, at this season of the year especially, vessels are liable to encounter snow storms, which prove disastrous in many instances. If Richardson & Sons lose the cargo which the props. Dominion and Augusta are under engagement to bring here from Port Arthur they will be out of pocket the sum of $28,000.