EARLY NAVIGATION NOTES.
Capt. D. Noonan will place buoys in the Rideau River this season.
The schr. E.H. Rutherford has gone to Charlotte with a cargo of ice.
Thomas Dawson, Wolfe Island, is still housing ice at the foot of the island.
The work of fixing up the schr. Grantham and putting her in a seaworthy condition will be commenced on Monday.
The str. Hero will receive a coat of paint on Monday and the work of general repairs will be begun on that day.
The schr. Ella Murton will not leave port for a few days. The owners are rejoicing that she did not clear Thursday afternoon as they then wished.
WIGGINS' SQUAW WINTER.
(part) Yesterday afternoon the str. Pierrepont started for Cape Vincent. The storm was at its height, and thick clouds of snow rolled over the lake. The Captain was confident he could make the Cape safely, but in reasoning thus he "counted his chickens before they were hatched." Satisfactory progress was made until the steamer reached the foot of Wolfe Island and started to burst through the canal. It was blocked and bound by huge pieces of ice, through which the boat could not pass, no matter how much steam was forced. To go around the head of the Island meant that the steamer and her cargo would be lost. She was righted and brought back to the city. The American mail for Kingston, passengers and freight remained in the Cape all night, and did not reach here until nearly 6 o'clock this evening.
The schr. W.W. Suffel broke away from port at Oakville and was drifted up the lake to Hamilton. She struck on the north side and 5 men were gotten off safely. The wheelsman was much exhausted and had a narrow escape. The utmost excitement prevailed at the Beach as hundreds of people congregated. The steam yacht Blandina and sailing yacht Minnie D. also broke away at Hamilton; the first grounded and the latter sunk.
To show how newspapermen are misled by informers the following paragraph appearing in the Hamilton Times is reprinted:
"The schr. Queen of the Lakes was wrecked off Hanlan's Point this morning at 3 o'clock. The crew of 4 were rescued by Fred McMillan, of Burlington, and he brought them ashore in a row boat. He landed them at the Queen's wharf. It is stated that some of the rescued parties belong to Hamilton."
The fact is that the sch. Queen of the Lakes as reported yesterday has arrived at Port Dalhousie with damaged boom and sails.
The sch. Watertown, which went ashore at Bear Creek early yesterday morning, is still hard on. The accident is worst than at first expected. The vessel started leaking after striking and it is feared her bottom is badly damaged. The wind being easterly was in a bad quarter for the vessel. She was driven further on the rocks and it is now impossible to haul her off. As yet no tug has gone to her assistance and the probability is that one would be of little service. Her cargo is now all gone and the cost of putting the vessel in seaworthy repair again would be more than she is worth. There is only one tug at Charlotte and that one is so small that it would be incompetent. Neither vessel nor cargo is insured.