The strs. Ontario and Jessie Bain have gone into winter quarters.
The str. Kathleen will run an excursion to the Ottawa Fair via the Rideau.
Twenty men were wanted this morning to unload grain at Portsmouth at 25 cents per hour.
The prop. Alma Munro lightened corn at the M.T. Co's wharf and proceeded to Montreal.
The tugs Bronson and Glide arrived this morning from Montreal with 5 barges loaded with rails.
The strs. Islander and Maynard are doing so well on the river that they will not likely be withdrawn from service before Oct. 1st.
After the search light excursion tomorrow the str. St. Lawrence will go into winter quarters. Her season was a very successful one.
Arrivals: prop. Glengarry, Toledo, with Gaskin and Genny (Jenny ?), corn from Toledo; prop. Sovereign with Sligo, Chicago, corn; prop. Munro, Chicago.
The barge Eagle was hauled out at Davis dry-dock today to be recaulked, and the str. J. Maynard will be pulled tomorrow. Parts of her ceilings will be stiffened.
Cleared: Acadia, Chicago, light; tug Jessie Hall and barges Regina, Iowa, Detroit, Oswego, light; Corsican, Montreal; Kathleen, Montreal; Jessie Bain, Clayton.
Today the str. Spartan was retired for the season at this port. Her engine will be compounded and she afterwards will be given a trial trip. She is laid up at Swifts wharf.
The prop. S.E. Peck is at Portsmouth discharging corn. She came from Chicago and carried 75,600 bushels of corn, the largest cargo that has ever been brought to this city by one vessel. The other arrivals were schr. Homer, Chicago, 36,000 bushels of corn; str. Rosedale, Chicago, 40,000 bushels of corn; barges Huron and Hiawatha, Oswego, coal. Departures: schr. Homer, Oswego, light.
The work of improving the Portsmouth long pier, for which a grant was obtained by the Hon. G.A. Fitzpatrick in 1888, is finished and now there is an excellent wharf at the village where vessels can remain secure from heavy blows. By means of the pier transhipping can be done inside it in stormy weather. The pier stands in from 9' to 16' of water. The wharf is 700' in length and 20' in breadth, built of the best red pine and plank 3" thick. J. Nicholson had charge of the work.
The str. Algerian went up the Bay of Quinte en route to Toronto on Saturday. The weather was too rough to take the outside route. The run to Belleville was made in 4 hours and 32 minutes. At that port 10 passengers got on board. In going through the Murray Canal there were no delays at the bridges. The canal, 4 1/2 miles long, was covered in 42 minutes. A call was made at Brighton. On the wharf there were hundreds of people awaiting the steamer. The band played "When Jack Comes Home Again" and when the boat departed, after 10 passengers got on, the band struck up "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow." Capt. Batten is very popular with the people of the places at which his boat stops. Capt. Augustus was pilot.