p.1 General Paragraphs - The barge Siren, the last of the three that went on Oswego beach in the blow of July 15th, was released and is now on Goble's dry-dock. The Siren is badly damaged from the rocks and will receive extensive repairs.
Capt. Taylor says he never saw things so dull around the docks within the past thirty years.
The M.T. Co.'s elevator, No. A, left the government dry-dock today. She had her bottom overhauled.
Clearances: tug Thompson, Oswego and Fair Haven, five barges to load coal; str. Niagara, upper lakes.
Str. Tecumseh and consorts, Byng Inlet to Collins Bay, timber; str. Armenia and consort Bavaria, to Garden Island, timber, passed Port Colborne last night.
The str. Columbian will likely arrive here next week. Capt. Batten writes that she is a staunch seaworthy boat. She runs fast. On the ocean she made between eleven and twelve knots an hour.
Breck & Booth have a sample of corn taken from the cargo of the wrecked steamer, City of Owen Sound, sunk in Georgian Bay. This corn although apparently whole as it lies in a bottle of water is putrified and smells terribly.
Arrivals: tug Thompson, Montreal, eight light barges; schr. Fleetwing, Charlotte, coal; sloop Lia, Wolfe Island, wheat; str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Haggart, Perth; str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa; str. Passport, Montreal.
W.F. Cloney, travelling passenger agent for the R. & O. N. Co., says that the new steamer Columbian will be running on her regular trips in about a week. The boat will first carry a private party of officials and friends. After making her initial trip, she will probably begin running regularly about August 1st.
p.2 Strange Reasoning - Canadian vessel owners have been trying to secure a reduction in dock charges at the new government dock in Kingston. Charges on large vessels are very much higher than at docks conducted by private corporations in United States ports. One of the officials of the Canadian public works department gives out the startling declaration "that it was in order to accommodate these heavy vessels, that the dock was built upon such a large and expensive scale, and it is only fair that such craft should bear a proportionate share of the outlay." With the tendency everywhere to encourage the construction of vessels of large capacity, this is certainly strange reasoning. [Marine Review, Cleveland]