p.1 Portsmouth Notes - Yesterday the prop. Dominion and the schr. Augusta arrived from Toledo with 39,000 bushels of corn. The str. Marquis of Lorne, while running up the bay the other day, collided with a drifting skiff full of provisions. The schr. Big Bear has been hauled out for repairs. The tug Hiram A. Calvin arrived on Saturday with the barges Ellen and Lark. The barges Bismarck, Princess, Mona and schrs. Jessie Breck, Bangalore and Hyderabad are in port.
The str. Khartoum is loading barley for Millhaven.
The schr. White Oak is unloading barley at Richardsons from Deseronto.
The prop. Persia arrived this morning from Montreal for Hamilton on her last trip.
The prop. Celtic lightened 7000 bushels of wheat on Saturday and proceeded to Montreal.
The barge Peruvian goes down the canal today to load phosphate at different points for Kingston.
W. Henderson is building a fine little sail yacht for use next season. It will be of the standing keel class. The hull is almost completed now.
The steambarge Nile and barges are unloading lumber into the schr. Ella Murton at the Grove Inn yard of the Rathbun company. The Murton leaves tonight for Oswego.
Thomas Myles & Son, Hamilton, have received word from Charles Myles, at Alpena, looking after the schooner Gulnair. He says the cargo is all or nearly all saved and there is every possibility of getting the vessel into port, although she is badly damaged and strained. It is possible the Myles may bring the cargo on her down trip.
The Steamer Armstrong.
The steamer Armstrong will be doing active duty on the ferry the fore part of December. Four years ago the part below the main deck was all rebuilt and now all above that deck has been rebuilt, and that much better than it was before. The insides of the cabins are matched Georgia pine with oil finish, and will present a good appearance. Large oak beams have been placed from stem to stern, on which the bar rails are to be laid. Only a short hurricane deck is being built, on which is the pilot house and the captain's room. Steam has been raised in the boilers and the engine run to ascertain their condition and both were found to be in first class order. Above decks is built in such a manner that should the company desire to use the steamer as an excursion boat, as well as a car ferry, a deck could be laid on the carlings, a rail built around the top of the cabins and a platform erected from cabin to cabin, and the usual crowd could be easily accommodated. As it is now she is capable of carrying 500 people, and if the above work is put on she can carry 1,300 people, but would only take 800 as formerly. Capt. Lyon says the old mocking bird whistle will again be placed on the steamer.