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The Gale & The Steamers - The gale which continued steadily all day yesterday increased towards evening, and blew violently after 7 o'clock for several hours, accompanied by a slight dash of rain. The steamers Ontario and Bay of Quinte did not dare to venture out, and the Passport which came up about dusk, experienced great difficulty in getting in to the dock, and had to lay by in a sheltered position at the foot of Clarence street. She left for Toronto this morning, the gale having abated during the night. The Ontario has lain here all day, in consequence of a telegram from Oswego to Captain Estes, notifying him that he had better remain, owing to a strong northwest wind which prevailed at Oswego. The Spartan did not leave Toronto until two o'clock this morning, and the Grecian, which should have reached here between three and four this afternoon, will not arrive until about ten tonight. The Grecian had to come to anchor in Coteau Lake where she lost her anchor and chain. It has been comparatively calm here all day. The Spartan came in at half past four.
The Gunboats - Preparations are being made for the immediate housing in of all the British gunboats on the western lakes, and it is expected that the work will be begun on some of the vessels by the 10th of this month. Mr. Wm. Irving, architect, has prepared plans of the proposed alterations, and the contract has been awarded to Mr. John Clements, of this city. The Cherub will be quartered at Goderich, the Heron at the Queen's Wharf, Toronto, and the Britomart at Dunnville, where the alterations proposed will be made. These will be in the shape of a cover over the deck, at a distance of about four feet from the bulwarks, with a side partition to fill up the intervening space. The alteration will make the boats habitable during the winter. [Globe]