p.2 New Lake Steamers - We are informed that the Watertown, Rome and Cape Vincent Railroad Company have contracted for the construction of two medium sized steamers, to run in connection with their road from Cape Vincent. The boats are to be constructed the coming winter, and launched in the spring. Messrs. Bidwell & Banta, of Buffalo, have taken the contract for the wood work of these steamers, and Messrs. Sheppard & Co., of the same city, are to construct the engines.
Little Sodus Harbour - The U.S. Steam Dredge, Capt. Wm. S. Malcolm, has returned to this city from Little Sodus, where the dredge has been engaged for some time in dredging the mouth of the harbor, under the superintendence of Col. Turnbull, and in conjunction with the Little Sodus and Auburn Railroad Company, of which Hon. Thos. Y. Howe is President. This company are making important improvements with the view to commercial advantages for the terminus of their road at that point. Mr. Howe, the President, is an indefatigable, enterprising and persevering man, and will be likely to make something out of his cherished project.
The work necessary to open this harbor has been progressing since about the middle of June last. The Dredge Boat, under the command of Capt. Malcolm, has been at work since the 5th day of August last, and has dredged out a channel about 80 feet wide, and from 12 to 7 feet deep out through the bar to 7 feet water in the lake, making ample width and depth for vessels drawing no more than 7 feet of water to enter the bay at any time. The piers on the west side of the channel have been extended out into the lake nine hundred and fifty feet, and the dredging carried out into the lake 100 feet beyond the present extent of the piers. It is intended to put in about 100 feet more of piers this fall.
This bay is one of the best harbors on the south shore of Lake Ontario, and with the work now done, can be entered with ease, and will afford an excellent opportunity for the laying up of vessels during the winter. The bay is ample, and there are many well protected points for the shelter of vessels from the wind.
Destruction of the Steamer E.K. Collins By Fire
Twenty-Three Lives Lost
Detroit, Oct. 9th - Last night the steamer E.K. Collins left this port, between 10 and 11 o'clock, with a large number of passengers on board, bound from the Sault St. Marie to Cleveland.
About midnight, when a little below Malden, near the lighthouse at the mouth of the river, the vessel was discovered to be on fire, and before she could be got ashore, she was completely enveloped in flames.
The greatest consternation prevailed among the passengers, most of whom, aroused from their sleep by the fearful alarm, ran wildly about the decks or plunged at once into the water.
Twenty-three persons perished by fire or drowning.
The names of those missing as far as can be ascertained are as follows:- Mr. Dibble, of New York; Samuel Powell, Lawrence Whalen, Thomas Cook, the Pittsburgh Railroad Agent, all of Cleveland; Mrs. McNeilley, Mrs. Waters and child of Ashtabulla.
The body of the child has been recovered. Fifteen of the crew are missing.
Among the passengers from the East saved, are B.F. Dubois, Philadelphia; Mr. Patterson, of Westfield, Chautauque county.
A number of passengers from the Sault left the vessel at Detroit.
The origin of the fire has not been ascertained.
ad - Richard Baker, Sailmaker, Dr. Reese's wharf, Toronto. Being the only sailmaker in Toronto Mr. Baker hopes for a continuance of their patronage hitherto extended him. Oct. 25th, 1853.
Detroit, Oct. 6th - Capt. Rounds of the propeller Nile arrived here, reports leaving at Presque Isle the propellers Plymouth, Louisville and Mount Vernon. The last named came out shortly after the Nile and suddenly disappeared. Capt. R. supposed she had gone back, but the Louisville has since arrived here, and did not either see Mount Vernon or Plymouth, it is therefore feared that they are lost.