THE ST. LAWRENCE ROUTE.
The navigation of the St. Lawrence river is a subject that has, for several days, been discussed very seriously on the streets by citizens and marine men. There seems to be a difference of opinion as to whether the Canadian channel in the River St. Lawrence could be used with safety if Canadian vessels were shut out of the American channel.
B.W. Folger said some days ago that if the Americans kept Canadian vessels out of the American channel on the St. Lawrence river the business in this district would be greatly interfered with, and in spite of contrary opinions his statement is borne out by mariners who have sailed the river for a great many years.
This morning Capt. Macdonald said: "I have sailed the river for thirty-seven years, and I could not take a tow to Montreal, no matter what channel I took without having to go through American waters. If the Canadian channel is followed boats would have to go through American waters."
Other mariners standing around were of the same opinion. The Canadian channel at considerable expense could be made suitable for Canadian shipping, if necessary.
The prop. St. Magnus lightened 21,000 bushels of wheat and proceeded to Montreal this morning.
Breck & Booth have chartered the schr. Fisher to carry paving stone from Dead Man's Bay to Toronto.
Clearances: tugs Thompson and Bronson, Montreal, ten barges; schr. B.W. Folger, Sackett's Harbor, shingles.
The str. Columbian will arrive on Monday to start on her regular route between Kingston and Montreal.
The Petrel, the new tug built by the Collinsby rafting company, will arrive on Monday morning for a raft and take it to Collinsby.
Yesterday the schr. Singapore, with a cargo of coal, ran aground at Squaw Point, near Gananoque, and was released this morning.
Capt. Donnelly and Jas. Adams returned the other day after being several weeks absent on a trip of inspection of boats around Georgian Bay.
The Donnelly wrecking company provided apparatus and a diver free to release the body of the sailor Salmon, confined in the schr. Kate.
Arrivals: tug Thompson, Oswego, four barges coal; tug Bronson, Montreal, two barges; str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Passport, Montreal; schr. Fleetwing, Charlotte.
The prop. City of Owen Sound will be placed in the dry-dock at Collingwood in a few days. She is now at Little Current after having been raised out of Georgian Bay, where she was sunk five years.
Edward McGuire, an employee on the dredge, fell off the tug St. Paul, at Napanee, on Monday, and broke his left arm above the elbow. The fracture was reduced and he has gone to his home in Gananoque.
Capt. McDonald returned yesterday after an absence at Collingwood of about six weeks. He took up the tug Munson and she was rebuilt and generally improved. She is now doing service for the Collinsby rafting company on the Georgian Bay.
The schr. F.F. Cole capsized on Monday during a squall at Bath, and was towed into Prinyer's Cove on Tuesday by the tug Thistle. The crew took to the small boat and escaped. She belongs to the Ontario Fishing Company.
p.2 Wee Smuggling - along St. Lawrence by tourists.
p.4 Bodies Not Yet Recovered - at Wiarton.
Sault Canal - nearly 12,000 vessels passed through; 10,000,000 tons freight, an increase of 17.5 per cent - annual report.