The schr. B.W. Folger has been chartered to load lumber for Oswego.
The schr. Jessie Breck is loading lumber at Toledo for Garden Island.
The schr. Gearing cleared from Portsmouth for South Bay this morning, light.
The government is considering the needs of navigation in connection with the placement of a lighthouse on one of the Brothers islands.
The Richelieu navigation company's steamers will commence their regular trips on the western lines next Monday. The first boat will leave Toronto for Montreal on Wednesday.
The prop. Myles, at Port Colborne with wet wheat, discharged 36,000 bushels of her 40,000 bushels, and, as the rest was refused, sold it to Buffalo men at 31 cents a bushel, and the boat went there to discharge. The Myles loaded her wheat at Fort William, five miles beyond Port Arthur, last November, and on the way down was cut through with ice and had to lay up throughout the winter. Repairs were made, and though the wheat is now all dry, some of the rejected part is in a hard lump, and the rest musty. She has two loads of wheat from Port Arthur for Kingston.
Arrangements are about completed between the Canadian Pacific company and the Polson Iron Works Company, Toronto, for the construction of a large steel steamer to run with the Alberta and Athabaska between Owen Sound and Port Arthur. The new steamer will be wholly built in Toronto, and taken apart for transportation through the Welland canal. She will be thirty feet longer than either of her two sister ships, and will be one of the largest vessels afloat on fresh water. She will use the engines of the Algoma, which were saved almost uninjured when that vessel was wrecked on Isle Royale. It is also stated that two very large steel steamers are to be built in Buffalo for the Canadian Pacific company, to run between Buffalo and Chicago.
Further reference is made to the first shipping disaster on Lake Superior which occurred on Thursday at half-past three, when the schooner Maggie McRae went down ten miles out from Thunder Cape and 28 miles from port in 600 feet of water. She and the Laura were consorts of the steambarge Bruno, all leaving Port Arthur for Kingston with heavy loads of wheat. They struck a heavy field of ice after passing Silver Islet. The Bruno, leading, was badly damaged. The Maggie McRae, the first of the tow, had her bows stove in, filled with water and went down in about an hour. She is a total loss. The crew of seven men had time to save their clothing and escape to the Bruno. The Laura, the last of the tow, escaped injury. The Bruno returned to Port Arthur for repairs with the crew of the lost vessel on board, and the Laura in tow. The Maggie McRae had a cargo of 25,000 bushels of wheat, consigned to Ogilvies, Montreal. Both vessel and cargo are a complete loss. The vessel belonged to J. & J.T. Matthews, Toronto. She has been in the lake service since 1873. Her registered capacity was 315 tons and she was valued at $10,000. The cargo was worth $25,000, which was insured in full.
Arrivals: schr. Singapore, Charlotte, 357 tons coal; schr. Annie M. Foster, Oswego, 155 tons coal; prop. Lake Michigan, Oswego, light; prop. Lake Ontario, Montreal, general cargo.
Clearances: prop. Monteagle, Charlotte, light; schr. White Oak, Oswego, light; prop. Scotia and two barges, Georgian Bay, light.