The str. Chieftain was inspected this afternoon.
The steamyacht Lucille arrived this morning from Alexandria Bay.
The schr. Ella Murton, from Charlotte, is discharging coal at Toronto.
The str. Chieftain arrived at Portsmouth last evening from Detroit.
Cleared: schr. Philo Bennett, Oswego, lumber; schr. Clara White, Fairhaven, ties.
Arrivals: barges Bismarck and Iroquois, Oswego, coal for Montreal; schr. American Union, Chicago, 32,660 bush. corn.
The report that the yacht Emma, of Kingston, was ashore on a shoal near Thousand Island Park is not correct.
The steambarge Nile arrived last night from Deseronto with wood. She cleared this morning for Gananoque with lumber.
The steamers Persia from St. Catharines, the Algerian from Toronto, and the Spartan from Montreal called at Swift's wharf yesterday.
Last night it was clearly demonstrated that range lights are needed in the harbor to prevent accidents to vessels. The prop. S.S. Foley, a large boat, came in with a cargo of grain from the west. She sailed very slowly, but owing to the darkness ran upon the side of a dangerous shoal a few feet beyond Murney tower. The str. Pierrepont went to the rescue of the prop. Foley and pulled her off after considerable work.
The masters of vessels sailing from Toronto allege that the government steamboat officials are granting certificates to inexperienced men qualifying them to take charge of vessels as captains. Another grievance is that the certificates are not graded. One certificate, they allege, is good for all Canadian lakes no matter what the experience of the holder may be on any one of them, and he at once steps up to a level with experienced captains so far as his chance of getting a good boat goes.