p.2 Propeller Scotia - The Scotia, on her trips between Kingston and Chicago this summer, averaged the round trip in 11 days and 16 hours, unloading and loading at four intermediate ports. This is remarkably quick time even for a fast propeller.
A Nest Hid - Mr. Miller, of dry dock fame, has received a raft of 22 spars, which will be converted into masts. In cutting up one of these, which was 160 feet long and four at the bottom, a squirrel's nest, full of hickory nuts, was found in the heart of the tree. There were six inches of wood grown entirely around it, and as this part of the mast would have come about twenty feet above the deck, it might have become very dangerous in a storm had the defect not been observed in cutting down the tree. [Chicago Tribune, 27th]
p.3 Marine Intelligence
Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - prop. Alma Munro, from Chicago, 4,600 bush. wheat; Scotia, do., 3,530 bush. wheat; schr. David Sharp, Port Granby, 6,680 bush. wheat.
James Swift & Co.'s wharf - str. Passport from Hamilton; prop. Kincardine from Belleville; props. America and Canada from Montreal; str. Corsican from Montreal; prop. City of St. Catharines from Toledo.
Montreal Transportation Co. - tug Charlotte left with barges Fortitude, 11,582 bush. corn; Waverly, 2,423 bush. corn and 4,258 bush. wheat; Staghound, 9,285 bush. corn; and Relief, 11,700 bush. corn.
St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - schr. Hercules, from Port Dalhousie, 14,750 bush. corn.
Jones & Millar's wharf - Arrivals: prop. City of St. Catharines, from Toledo with 4,050 bush. corn; prop. Prussia, do., 5,000 bush. corn; schr. Craftsman, do., 18,000 bush. wheat. Departure - barge Mona, with 18,000 bushels wheat.
City of St. Catharines - A fine propeller bearing the above name was lying at Jones & Millar's wharf yesterday afternoon. She is a very fine specimen of naval architecture 144 feet in length over all, with a carrying capacity of 17,000 bushels. She has a very complete and spacious cabin on the upper deck 100 feet long, handsomely fitted up with staterooms on each side of the saloon, provided with water from tanks on the upper deck which can be turned on at any moment. There are separate wash-rooms for ladies and gentlemen; a fine piano stands in the saloon for the accommodation of passengers. The engine is a condensing engine, built by Messrs. Thos. Wilson & Co., Dundas, and is 36 x 30, the boiler is 8 feet 4 inches in diameter, 13 feet 3 inches long made of 2/3 iron double rivetted. The boiler room is lined all over, back, top, bottom and sides with sheet iron as a preventive against fire, while the steam pipe can be turned into the boiler room, and into the plate hole. There is a small donkey engine for working the crane and furnishing steam in the fall of the year for heating. The hull was built by J.P. Abbey, of Port Robinson for the owners Messrs. Potter, Bullivant & Nasmith of St. Catharines. The Captain is J.V. Ditmars, the first engineer Emerson Wright, and the purser Mr. Mitchell. The City of St. Catharines is a valuable addition to our lake marine, and is intended to ply between Chicago and Montreal in connection with the Merchants Lake and River Steamship Line. She had a large number of passengers yesterday, who took the opportunity of driving out to the Penitentiary and Rockwood Asylum. A considerable part of her cargo had to be lightened at Messrs. Jones & Millers wharf for the purpose of enabling her to pass the St. Lawrence canals.
Port Colborne, July 29th - Down: schr. G. Sherwood, Cleveland, Prescott, stone; prop. Scotia, Chicago, Montreal, corn; schr. Anglo Saxon, Traverse Bay, Kingston, timber; prop. Empire, Detroit, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. J.K. Noyes, Chicago, Oswego, corn and wheat; prop. Cleveland, Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Sweepstakes, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Mystic Star, Chicago, Oswego, corn; G. Bates, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Huron, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Shandon, Duncan City, McDonald's Cove, timber; Ada Medora, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Jennie White, Chicago, Oswego, wheat; Bay Trader, Erie, Toronto, coal; Reindeer, Chicago, Oswego, wheat; Dashing Wave, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; J.G. Bailey, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Montblanc, Chicago, Ogdensburg, corn; Two Brothers, Cleveland, Toronto, coal.
Up: prop. St. Albans, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo; J. Ralston, Ogdensburg, Buffalo, iron ore; Acacia, Cobourg, Cleveland, iron ore; Lamb, Oswego, Detroit, coal; W.B. Phelps, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; Montpelier, Fairhaven, Chicago, coal; Albacore, Kingston, Kincardine, light; British Lion, Kingston, Grand Traverse, light; barge Dromedary, Kingston, Toledo, light; schr. Anna Craig, Kingston, Bay City, light; Magellan, Collins Bay, Bay City, light; Star Light, Thorold, Pt. Burwell, light; Union Jack, Kingston, Bay City, light; W.R. Hanna, Oswego, Pt. Huron, light; Paragon, Toronto, Ashtabula, light.
In harbour - schrs. Paragon, Union Jack, Anna Craig, Magellan, Acacia, British Lion, W.R. Hanna.