The Welland Canal closed for the winter yesterday.
The Canadian schooner Breck is still anchored about two miles out of East Tawas.
The work of unloading boats is now being done very slowly at Buffalo, and it is doubtful if all steel boats wishing to go to Cleveland for repairs this winter can get away.
Mackinaw City, December 12. - The lightships on Gray's reef, Simon's (sic) reef, Eleven-foot shoal and White shoals left their stations this morning and went to Cheboygan for the winter.
A letter from the wife of Capt. Smith, whaleback No. 11, who lives at Sackett's Harbor, says she has not heard from him. The idea that he was drowned or killed is gaining ground.
The marine mail service on the river was discontinued yesterday. Capt. Westcott then hired the tug Arthur Jones and will keep her in commission delivering mail and despatches as long as any vessels are passing.
The big steamer building at the yard of Cleveland Ship Building Co.for Capt. Wolrein, of Duluth, and others, will be named Queen City. The only possessor of that name, a schooner, passed out of existence not long ago*.
The steamer Gladstone sailed from Chicago for Buffalo at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. Beyond a doubt she will be the last boat of the season, as no further efforts are being made to charter. The Tower and Mecosta arrived there yesterday morning.
Shortly after noon another fleet of big vessels, which had been lying under Pelee island and had managed to get through the ice at the mouth of the river, passed up into Lake St. Clair. In the fleet were the City of Rome, Pontiac, W. H. Gilbert, Kaliyuga, Fontana, Zenith City and Thomas W. Palmer. Later it was reported that all up- and down-bound boats got through the lake.
The tugs Saginaw and Wales went up to the grounded Pabst yesterday and made a path into Lake St. Clair for the Chili, City of Berlin, P. D. Armour, Veronica, Madagascar and W. P. Ketcham, in the order named. They reached the Pointe in good shape, and when last seen were making their way up, but seemed to be having considerable difficulty with the ice. The latter was reported to be seven inches thick this morning and where it lay in windrows it was from twelve to fourteen inches thick.
Some time in January the Court of Appeals at Toronto will consider the appeal of the Northern Steamship Co., of Buffalo, from a verdict in favor of F. B. Hackett, of Amherstburg, Ont. The Northern line steamer Northern Queen ran into the schooner Fayette Brown, of the Bradley fleet, on Lake Erie and sunk her. The Northern Steamship Co. paid the Bradley company $25,000 and secured the wreck, as it rested upon the bottom of the lake. The dominion government, pending the settlement, let a contract for removing the wreck to F. B. Hackett, and he had only fairly got under way when the steamship company intervened and claimed the wreck. The company expressed a willingness to make a reasonable settlement with Hackett for the work he had performed, but he asked and got a judgment for $7,000 more than it was willing to pay. Hence the appeal.**