Clearances: str. Rideau Belle, Smith's Falls.
The str. Algonquin will next go to Fort William.
The str. James Swift expects to make her first trip to Ottawa on May 30th.
The schr. Annie Falconer is expected at Swift's dock with coal from Charlotte.
The schr. Hanlan, aground at Snake Island, was pulled off by the str. Pierrepont.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes has cleared for Oswego to load coal for Hamilton.
Capt. Shaw, of the Fleetwing, is waiting a chance to get away for Oswego. He has a load of lumber.
Several vessels have been delayed at this port on account of the rain. Not a few schooners are at anchor in readiness to leave for Oswego.
The tug Chieftain arrived from Montreal this morning with five barges for the K. & M. F. Co. Three of the barges will be used in unloading the Algonquin.
Capt. McMaugh says he never experienced such continuous wet weather in the month of May. It has been nothing but rain since he left Kingston a couple of weeks ago.
The str. Butteroni ran aground at Amherst Island in the fog last night. The vessel is bound down from Chicago and has 36,000 bush. of corn for Kingston. The Butteroni is only two feet off the shore.
The steamer A. Everette was sunk on Lake Superior by the ice. The Everette left Oswego with 1,034 gross tons of coal for the Northwestern fuel company of Duluth, May 1st. The cargo was insured for $4,000.
Capt. Scott, of the prop. Persia, has not been able to visit his home the last two trips on account of getting into Kingston late. This morning the steamer was a couple of hours behind because of the stiff wind last night.
The barge Pennington loaded, at Oswego, a cargo of coal, the largest ever taken through the Welland canal. The steamer Viking two years ago carried 1,659 gross tons. The Pennington took between 1,800 and 2,000 tons.
The barge Wheatbin, sunk in the Cornwall canal by a collision with McDonald's lock, has not yet been raised. The M.T. company's appliance have been sent down and it is expected the boat will soon be to the surface again.
At Port Colborne last night: str. Owen Sound and consort Neelon, Toledo to Collins Bay, timber; str. Josephine, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; str. Enterprize and barge, Kingston to Cleveland, light; prop. Topeka, Kingston to Buffalo, light.
Arrivals: schr. Kate Eccles, Colborne, 8,000 bushels white wheat; tug Col. By, towing barges Minnie and Thistle, Cape Vincent; schr. Fabiola, Oswego, coal; prop. Algonquin, Chicago, 67,000 bushels corn; prop. Alcoma, Chicago, 36,000 bushels corn.
The tug Mary left yesterday for Montreal with a barge of 33,000 bushels of corn from the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co.'s dock and broke down near Iroquois where she was obliged to run in. The Mary returned and another boat will be sent down.
The Portland "Oregonian" says that Capt. John O'Brien, who commanded the unfortunate whaleback steamer Wetmore when she went ashore at Coos Bay, has ever since had hopes of floating the vessel. He has been looking over the situation and expects to leave but little trouble in getting the steamer off.
The controller of customs has instructed Messrs. Gillies & Co., of Carleton Place, to build a steam launch for the cruiser Constance. The object of equiping the Constance with such a boat is to enable her to pursue in shore vessels of light draft which are suspected of having contraband goods on board, and which could not be approached under present conditions except in new boats. These, of course, are not fast enough. The launch will have a speed of ten to twelve miles an hour, and will not draw more than thirty inches.
p.2 New R. & O. Steamer - Halifax, N.S., May 16th - The str. Carolina put in here for harbor last evening. She is a paddle boat of 900 tons, three decks, purchased by the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company at Baltimore. She is being taken to Newfoundland to change her registry from the United States to Great Britain and thus avoid the duty that would have to be paid on an American bottom did she register her change of flag in a Canadian port. This is frequently done. The Richelieu & Ontario navigation company not long since got ahead of the Canadian customs in a similar manner when they brought in the Columbian.