Midnight Along the Docks
At midnight last night there was a great deal of commotion along the docks on account of the number of steamers and propellers loading lumbering supplies for the shore ports and the craft waiting to know that the ice would let them through St. Clair one way or Pigeon Bay the other. The steamer Saginaw was putting on a great quantity of freight at Montgomery's, and Capt. Hebner starts in the morning early. The St. Paul was chartered for $2,500 by Mr. Churchill, of Alpena, and he kindly allowed a number of the larger shippers to take an interest with him in loading her for Green Bush, Alpena, and intermediate ports. The query is how the St. Paul can stow all the stuff in Ashley & Mitchell's and on the dock and in Bissell's warehouse, with more awaiting at Port Huron. It was a busy place.
The Wissahickon, Avon and Lycoming were at Chesebrough's dock. They were twelve hours getting through ice from below Point au Pelee to Amherstburg. They came through together. The Wissahickon says the Chicago, St. Louis, Delaware, Avon, Toledo and Dean Richmond were plowing and pushing at noon to work their way through, going below, and could not get to clear water before midnight. The Northerner was left fast in the ice.
The propeller Wo-co-ken was also fast in the ice below Point au Pelee, and a vessel was sailing around the edge of the ice, in the vain hope of finding some way to get in for Chicago.
The Wissahickon was taking a quantity of canned goods brought from Sandusky by the steamer Alaska.
At the foot of Third street were the N. T. steamers Empire and City of Concord, both loaded for Cleveland. The Empire had commenced leaking at about 6:30 in the evening, but her pumps were able to keep her free, and after about three hours the leak stopped itself. She may have to go into dry dock , or take a pump along with her to Cleveland unless the leak can be found and stopped securely. The boats had a hard time getting through the St. Clair ice, but Capt. Murphy of the Empire said the ice in the center of the lake seemed to be honeycombed with air holes. The propellers Colorado, Lehigh and D. R. Van Allen were behind the "N. T." boats, but their arrival here has not yet been noticed.