p.1 Obtained a Verdict - Margaret Wheeler, who sued the Continental and Union marine insurance company for the value of a cargo of 25,000 bushels of corn lost by the grounding of the schr. D.G. Fort in the St. Lawrence river near Ogdensburg in 1885, has obtained a verdict, at Utica, for the full amount.
WINTER MARINE NEWS
The wreckers at work on the David Dows, sunk near Chicago, are progressing slowly on account of unfavourable weather.
Capt. Joseph Gordon, of Bay City, owner of the propeller Elfinmere ?, died at Thomasville, Ga., last Thursday of consumption.
At Chicago, Saturday, the str. J. Emery Owen was chartered for 70,000 bushels of wheat on private terms, which means a still further decline in rates.
Leatham and Smith, of Sturgeon Bay, are making contracts with a Chicago firm to load their fleet of vessels and steamers with ice to be delivered in Buffalo at the opening of navigation.
The schooner Emma L. Coyne has been sold through Mitchell & Co., of Cleveland, to Capt. Tom Lester and others, of Marine City, for $14,000. The John S. Richards, owned by John Miner, of Detroit, has been sold to Capt. Christie, of Erie, for $5,000.
The case of the Ogdensburg line against the steamer B.W. Blanchard comes off at Detroit week after next. The Ogdensburg company claims that the Blanchard's boilers were found to be unseaworthy, and they spent $12,000 in rebuilding them. The owners of the vessel reply that the lessees burned out the boilers and destroyed them.
Capt. Frank Perew, of Buffalo, has sold his schooner, J.M. Hutchinson, to Robert Holland, of Marine City, for $28,500. It is understood that she will be towed by the P.J. Ralph. The Hutchinson long had been the consort of the J.B. Lyon, and a fine tow they were. She was built in 1873 by Quayle & Martin at Cleveland, measures 932 tons and rates A 1.
SAFETY ON THE LAKES.
A bill has been introduced into the U.S. Congress to secure greater safety to sailors and vessels engaged on the lakes. It is intended to prevent overloading during the busy season. The terms of the bill are similar in purport to those of the Plimsoll act, and seek to enact a strict water line on all vessels, and beyond which none should be allowed to be loaded. Everything connected with the trade on the lakes seems to put a premium on overloading. For one thing the season of navigation is very short. Then, though the trade is simply enormous, the competition is very great. That competition has brought freight rates down to almost the lowest possible ebb. All commanders of vessels are thus anxious to carry as much as can in any way be stowed aboard. Every extra ton is so much clear profit, and so far increases the earnings. The vessels are loaded in expectation of fine weather, and they, of course, cannot contend with a stiff breeze, far less with a gale. Of course owners will use their influence to prevent the passing of the bill, but it is hoped that there are sufficient members who, in the interests of sailors and the general public, will put the bill into law. A similar law ought to be passed by the dominion parliament.