The barge Nebraska is being loaded with barley for Montreal.
Orders have been received from the department at Ottawa to close the Lachine canal on the 30th inst.
The weather bureau hit it for once yesterday and the storm signal still swings gaily in the wind in honour of the event.
The prop. Glengarry, with barges Gaskin and Glenora in tow, passed Port Colborne at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
The barges Nile and Isis are being loaded with salt for Bay of Quinte ports at the Grove Inn yard of the Rathbun co.
The schr. Two Brothers, run into by the tug Reindeer, Deseronto, some time ago, has been repaired and is in service again.
The str. Spartan was brought over to Swift's wharf yesterday from the Grand Trunk wharf. She will be there for the winter.
Capt. Stephen Best of Sandy Creek, N.Y., an old sailor, died a few days ago. He formerly lived at Oswego and was father of Capt. George Best who formerly sailed the yacht Ella.
The top of the pilot house which floated off the str. Armstrong, when that boat was sunk, will be taken to Terrace Park and used as the top of a little summer house at Capt. Dave Lyon's cottage.
Davis & Son have under construction a new boat for F. Daniels, Ottawa. Her dimensions will be 46' x 8 1/2' x 4'. The boiler and engine, formerly in Mr. Daniels old yacht, the Orient, will be used, and when completed the boat will be a flyer as well as very handsomely finished.
The Rochester, Thousand Island & Ogdensburg navigation company, recently incorporated in Michigan, and of which J.G. Schwendler, Rochester, is treasurer, is building a passenger steamer to run between Charlotte and Oswego, Kingston and St. Lawrence River ports next summer. The new boat will be 170' long by 33' beam, and will be equipped with compound engines and all modern appliances to secure safety, speed and comfort. She will have staterooms sufficient to accommodate 200 passengers.
The captain of the tug Proctor reports that off the Ducks he passed a quantity of wreckage which he thought was the stern of the Ocean Wave, and shortly after passed a quantity of broken lathe, etc. Old sailors think that there is little chance that the bodies will be found this season, as the schooner undoubtedly capsized in mid-lake. The wife of the late Captain Brokenshire states that there were 5 persons on the Ocean Wave, her husband, Capt. Brokenshire; William Martin, Port Hope; Mr. Smith, Port Hope; Wells, Belleville, and an unknown man. Capt. Brokenshire's son was not on the vessel as reported. Mrs. Brokenshire has 4 children at home, the oldest of whom is 12 and the youngest 4 years of age.