p.1 Marine News
Port Colborne, Nov. 30th - Down - Locked through to lay up - Schrs. E.H. Rutherford, Sacce ?, Florida, Ralston, Olive Branch, Thos. Parsons, Belle, Reed Case, Trenton, E. Simms, Westside, Finney, J. Webber.
Ran Back Today - Schrs. Telegraph, Hungerford, Southampton, J. McLeod, Libbie Nare, J.B. Bentley, George W. Davis, Mariner.
Canal frozen up for the present.
p.2 A Large Fleet - There are about 50 vessels wintering here - the largest fleet that has been laid up at Kingston for many years, if ever. This port has not been the choice of the masters or owners, but a selection of necessity, consequent upon it having been impossible to effect a clearance and safe passage to several places of shipping importance for which some schooners were loaded a month and more, and so detained by adverse gales as to be finally compelled to abandon the effort. These vessels, entailing an expenditure of an average of $500 each for outfitting in the spring, will benefit the business men and trade of the city to a vast amount.
The schr. Kate Richmond, the latest arrival from Chicago, grain laden, bound for Brockville, ran aground on Friday at the foot of Wolfe Island at a point where it was supposed there was a good depth of water, but where, on sounding, the channel was found to be only ten feet. The tug Lady Franklin on Friday evening left for the place indicated with a lighter, and succeeded in clearing the Richmond.
On Saturday the schooner Annie Falconer sailed back from Long Point with the deck load of flour of the steamer York, which she lightened in good condition. She also took a quantity of barrelled apples and wool from the York; and when she left for Kingston the pumps were being worked so energetically and successfully that it was expected the stranded steamer would float and reach here on Saturday afternoon. Up to the time we write, however, neither she nor the tug Calvin have returned. The Annie Falconer's cargo is being discharged today at Messrs. Swift & Co's wharf.
The propeller City of Chatham passed west on Wednesday, bound from Montreal to St. Catharines.
The schr. D. McInnes was hauled out today on the Marine Railway for general repairs.
The schooner Centurion, which loaded a cargo of barley, partly at Gananoque and partly at Kinghorn's, sailed for Oswego yesterday, and the schooner Saucy Jack today.
The Royal Mail steamer Magnet passed down on Friday on her last trip. Telegrams were sent from here, asking was it advisable to proceed further east, and replies were received in the affirmative. She left here at 2 o'clock, p.m.; it is presumed she is lying at Prescott, the St. Lawrence canals being closed with ice.
The propeller Canada arrived this morning from Chicago, with grain. She will likely unload here, it being impossible to reach Montreal this season.
There is a general hurrying among vessel owners and captains to get their craft into good quarters, now that winter has to all intent set in permanently.
The schr. Peerless, which left Oswego yesterday for Hamilton with coal and marble, ran back to port this morning on account of stress of weather.
The cold snap has nearly closed navigation at Detroit, steamers returned from Lake Erie, reporting too much ice to get through. Sandusky and Toledo harbours are closed. Saginaw River was kept open today by running iron clad tugs up and down.
The following disasters are reported on Lake Michigan: - Schr. Morning Star was capsized and driven ashore with loss of one man.
Schr. Sovereign is ashore at Pentwater, all hands lost.
Schooner Corlott is a total wreck at Pentwater.
A despatch dated Consecon, Nov. 28th, says the barque Sarah Ann Marsh was driven ashore last night in Weller's Bay. It is thought she will be a total loss. Vessel insured. Crew saved.
The Welland Canal - Capt. Finn, of the schr. Trinidad, telegraphs that his vessel is frozen up in the Welland Canal.
The schr. Guiding Star, which left Detroit a week ago today for this port with a cargo of wheat, is in Grand River, Lake Erie.
Schr. Wm. Elgin Ashore - By a despatch from Belleville we learn that the schr. Wm. Elgin went ashore about ten miles below Port Ontario, Wednesday night. She was bound from Hamilton to this port with 6,300 bush. wheat for Oswego Sloan.
The schr. John Rae is ashore on Timber Island, bound for Hamilton, light. She is in a bad condition.
Schooner Ashore - The schr. Jenny Jones owned by R. Curfle & Bro., of Toronto, went ashore in the gale yesterday, between nine and ten o'clock, at the western point of the island. She left here during the night, laden with lumber, for St. Catharines, but, after getting out into the lake she got waterlogged, and had to put back. In coming round the point she was driven on to the shoals where she now lies. Her crew, consisting of three or four men, were observed in the rigging for nearly an hour by which time assistance arrived from the island, and they were taken ashore. [Toronto Leader]