p.1 A Ship On Fire - Detroit, Aug. 25th - The tug George N. Brady was burned in the middle of Lake St. Clair early yesterday morning. The Brady and the Alanson Summer were towing a raft to Buffalo. When a few miles above the Grosse Point lightship, fire broke out on the Brady, and soon got beyond control. The crew of twelve men were transferred to the tug Harley, which happened to be in the vicinity. The Brady was owned by the Howard Transportation Co., of Port Huron, was built in 1864, rebuilt in 1878, and valued at $12,000. It could not be learned here whether she was insured.
General Paragraphs - Capt. A. Dunlop will command the str. Algerian for the balance of the season.
Clearances: tug Active, Oswego, one barge.
Something went wrong with the str. Passport's boiler at Montreal and she was consequently delayed a day.
Arrivals: tugs Active and Bronson, Montreal, four barges; str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Ocean, Montreal; prop. Cuba, Montreal.
Prop. Algonquin, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; schr. Singapore, Kingston to Cleveland, chemical ore; str. Armenia with schrs. Valencia and Dunn, Kingston to Toledo, light, passed Port Colborne last night.
The prop. Campana arrived from Chicago yesterday. The crew tell of encountering very rough weather on Lake Michigan. All the passengers were sick. She had sixty-four through passengers for Kingston.
Work is progressing satisfactorily in the Cedar Rapids, and it is expected the Columbian will soon be afloat. The bass ? rope, which has been so much criticized as having been part of her steering gear, is being replaced by a steel rope.
Not a vesselman or grain shipper could be located in Chicago, said the Inter-Ocean, who did not believe that Canada would back down squarely before Sept. 1st, the date tolls go into effect on Canadian commerce going through the Sault Ste. Marie. This belief was based on the knowledge of the desperate straits in which the Canadian fleets will be placed by the heavy tolls at the Soo. Said one agent who had done much chartering of Canadian boats here for Kingston this season: "I pity the Canadians if all their boats are to be crowded into the Chicago-Kingston trade. I have literally had to beg repeatedly for cargoes this season, and frequently shippers have given them as an act of charity. One of my boats lay here a week before it was possible for any shipper to send grain by the Montreal route without losing money. If many more of them come it will be bad, mighty bad, for them." Capt. Fitch is another vessel owner who has tried to keep several boats in the Kingston trade. He said: "It has been only by the hardest kind of work that our boats have had grain cargoes to Kingston. Frequently I have chartered them two weeks ahead for fear there would not be another chance to get a cargo."
p.2 Wolfe Island, Aug. 24th - ...The fine dredge Queen, doing good work in our bay for some time, broke a large casting last week and was compelled to cease operation for a time. Capt. Keyes, in charge of her, and the men operating the dredge are clever and operate the machine in a skilful manner. They say the work is extremely difficult here on account of the hard nature of the bottom it being chiefly blue clay. The Queen's cook has won considerable distinction here as a vocalist. He treats the village from time to time to free open air concerts.