The schr. Queen of the Lakes is loading 20,000 bushels of barley at Amherst Island.
The schooner Keewatin cleared last evening for Brighton to load barley for Oswego.
The shrs. Post and Woodduck have been chartered to carry damaged barley from the sunken schr. W.I. Preston to the city.
Hamilton vessel owners say the past season has been poor, freights being low and the break in the Cornwall canal interrupting business at the most profitable season.
The propellers Acadia and Myles and the schooner St. Louis are laid up. The St. Magnus is in the hands of the United States customs' officers at the Sault, and the rest of the local fleet are engaged in making their last trips.
Mr. Nichol, representative of the Royal Canadian insurance company, in which the cargo of barley of the wrecked schooner W.I. Preston is insured, left today for the wreck on the steamer Khartoum. He will conduct the sale of the damaged barley.
From forty to fifty farmers are securing damaged corn from the wrecked schooner Preston off Wolfe Island. The underwriters are selling it at 20 cents per bag. Capt. W.W. Horne, customs officer, is collecting 20 per cent duty on all the grain received. The cargo was insured for $19,500 placed as follows: Detroit Fire and Marine, $9,500; Commercial Union, $3,000; British American, $1,500; St. Paul, $4,000; British & Foreign, $1,500.