Laid Up For The Winter.
The cold weather caused the boat owners to hustle in getting their vessels laid up for the winter. All the boats are now safely located, and prepared to stand any storms that arise. Here are the names of the vessels and steamers which are wintering at this port:
Schooners: Annie Falconer, Grantham, Jessie Breck, S.H. Dunn, Singapore, B.W. Folger, Julia, Queen of the Lakes, Ella Murton, Minnedosa, Glenora, Gaskin, Kildonan, Ed. Blake and Southampton.
Steamers: Norseman, Hero, Corsican, Spartan, Glengarry, St. Lawrence, Islander, Maynard, Princess Louise, Scotia, Pierrepont and Maud.
Tugs: Walker, Glide, Jessie Hall, Bronson, D.G. Thompson.
At Garden Island: strs. D.D. Calvin, Armenia, Hiram Calvin, Chieftain, Traveller, John A. Macdonald and Wm. Johnston. Schrs. Valencia, Bavaria, Prussia, Norway and Denmark.
The past season was profitable. The boats engaged in carrying lumber did well, not only in lumber freights alone, but because during last winter they laid in cargoes of ice and therefore their first trip up, instead of being light, was at a good rate. Then again, when lumber carrying was over, the McKinley Bill agitation caused barley to be rushed across the water, when rates were high. The forwarders started out well, but in midsummer a lull set in. They waited patiently for the north-west crop, but it did not arrive when expected, so the barges were put into the coal trade. The forwarders, however, expect a rush of north-west grain in the spring. Considerable up-freight was carried during the season, the M.T. Co. alone carrying some 30,000 tons of railroad iron.