A nautical mile of 6077 feet has been measured and marked out near the southeast shore of Owen sound, five and one-fourth miles from the town, for the purpose of testing the speed of steam vessels. Each end of the mile is indicated by a pair of beacons painted white, with the letters "M M" on them in black.
The Cleveland Shipbuilding Company will begin work at once on a monitor steamer on its own account. The new boat will be of the same style as the Andaste and Choctaw, built by that company, but will be much larger and will be one of the big carriers. She will be 300 feet keel, 42 feet beam and 24 feet deep.
The largest four schooners afloat are: Golden Age, 1,764 tons, built in 1883 at Milan, O.; Gov. Ames, 1,689 tons, built 1889 at Waldboro, Me.; Magnetic, 1,592 tons, built in 1882 at Cleveland, and the Tecumseh, 1,590 tons, built in 1800 in Bath, Me. The Golden Age and Magnetic are on the lakes; the Ames is on the Pacific coast and the Tecumseh on the Atlantic.
In reply to a letter of inquiry from Collector Clark, of Chicago, the Canadian Minister of Marine writes that the Welland Canal locks are 270 feet in length; breadth, 45 feet; depth of water on miter sills, 14 feet. The dimensions of the Lachine Canal, the same as navigation of intermediate, reaches 12 feet. The other locks on the St. Lawrence are 200 feet in length, 45 feet in width and 9 feet of water over the miter sills.