p.1 Marine Intelligence
J. Swift & Co. - prop. Bruno from Montreal; str. Queen from Gananoque, props. Lake Michigan from Montreal; Kincardine from Trenton.
Montreal Transportation Company - tug Active with barges Wheatbin, Detroit, Energy, Relief, light. Tug Charlotte arrived with barges Cayuga, Consort, and Wanda, light. Tug Charlotte left with barges McCarthy, 14,950 bush. wheat; Advance, 12,000 bush. wheat; Amazon, 10,000 bush. corn; St. Lawrence, 9,900 bush. corn; Bertie, 6,000 bush. corn.
St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - schr. F.D. Barker, from Milwaukee, 21,000 bush. wheat; barge Kansas, 21,941 bush. wheat; A., 11,419 bush. wheat.
Jones & Millar - prop. Prussia, 5,200 bush. wheat.
Port Colborne, July 9th - Down: schrs. Duncan City, Duncan, Oswego, lumber; Surprise, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Onward, do., do., do.; prop. Sovereign, Toledo, Montreal, do.; barque Augusta, Bay City, Kingston, timber; barque S.M. Neelon, do., do., do.; prop. Europe, Milwaukee, Montreal, wheat; schrs. M.L. Hickey, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; H.B. Rathbun, Ashtabula, Hamilton, coal.
Up: prop. Garden City, Ogdensburg, Toledo, gen. cargo; schr. Union, Port Colborne, Port Rice, light.
At elevator - steambarge Triumph, schr. McNeil.
In harbour - schr. Wave, Union, prop. Garden City.
p.2 Sinking of the Osprey - The steamer Osprey, which trades between Hamilton and Montreal, struck on a rock in the rapids at Ogden's Island, opposite Morrisburg yesterday while on her down trip. The Osprey was formerly one of the Royal Mail Line, but was bought a few years ago by the firm of Mackay & Co., Hamilton, which has since employed her in carrying freight, and at the time of the accident she was laden with a general cargo for Montreal. This mishap coming so soon after the accident to the Corinthian, seems to indicate that the fates are against the steamers this summer, and have made the running of the rapids particularly unfortunate.
The Richelieu Company - This company has had a monopoly of the passenger traffic between Montreal and Quebec for a number of years. Quite recently opposition has sprung up, the Abyssinian and Athenian of the Canadian Navigation Company's line having been purchased and placed on the route. The Richelieu Company have reduced the rates for freight fifty per cent, and are carrying passengers between Montreal and Quebec for one dollar (berth and meals included.) These rates are of course unrenumerative, but it is hoped no doubt that by establishing them, the Union Company (the name of the new organization) may be driven out of the field. The Richelieu Company, however, are not content with holding their own on the line between Montreal and Quebec, but are said to be meditating opposition to the Canadian Inland Navigation Company between Hamilton and Montreal, as a punishment for selling their two large steamers to the Union Company. We don't know whether there would be traffic enough for two lines between Montreal and Hamilton. We rather doubt it; but if an opposition line is started, and reduce rates for freight and passengers fifty per cent, it will, we have no doubt, attract a large share of business to the injury of the Canadian Navigation Company. Whether it is worth while to do business at a loss for the mere purpose of injuring a rival company, is what the Richelieu Company have to decide, but we presume from the strife of rival lines, the public will at all events for a time derive the benefit.
The Corinthian - Captain Farrell who was in charge of the Corinthian when she grounded, received the following address from the passengers:
Dear Sir; - Before leaving Montreal we wish to convey our thanks to you and your excellent crew for the admirable arrangements made to land us from the steamer Corinthian when she unfortunately ran aground on Split Rock Rapids yesterday.
We are quite convinced that no blame can be attached to any one, but that the sudden rise of an unparalleled squall was the sole cause of the accident.
We feel that we owe our safety and comfort, under the most trying circumstances, to the skilful management of yourself and the officers and sailors under your command.
Mail Line - The Royal Mail Line have made arrangements to call at Rockport on their way down if required. A flag is to be raised as a signal if there is any passengers.
p.3 Montreal, July 9th - The Corinthian is lying on Split Rock, in about five feet of water. It is thought that she will be floated with difficulty. A number of passengers, on their arrival in the city, presented an address to Mr. Farrell, captain of the steamer, thanking him and his crew for the admirable arrangements made to remove them with safety to the shore, and testifying that the mishap was wholly accidental.
Rough On Tugs - The Milwaukee Wisconsin says: It is reported that the captains of 12 propellers belonging to the Merchants' Canadian Line, running between Lake Ontario ports and Chicago, have received strict orders not to pass a schooner that wishes to be towed. Non-compliance with the order will cost a captain his situation. The propeller Argyle took the schooners Bessie Barwick, McRae and Laura, all Canadian schooners, down yesterday.