It is not necessary to make any improvements to the str. North King this winter.
The str. Arabian will go to Oswego to load coal. Her cargo of grain will probably be unloaded into barges. She lays up at Hamilton.
Capt. Craig has made drawings of the harbor to satisfy the insurance companies of the location of the R. & O. N. Co.'s boats for the winter.
The improvements to the str. Hero will increase her speed a mile an hour. Her wheels are being made smaller. The diameter will be lessened sixteen inches.
A heavy fog settled on Lake Ontario this morning. The steamers coming down were not troubled until they reached Nine Mile Point. The fog was quite dense from this in and the steamers had to blow their whistles frequently.
Last night the schr. Ella Murton, Capt. Saunders, left Belleville for Oswego with a cargo of barley. Many people were anxious to know, today, if she had reached her destination safely. The schr. B.W. Folger went to Oswego three weeks ago. It is said she is frozen in there.
The strs. Glengarry and Arabian arrived this morning from Fort William. Capt. McMaugh, of the Kingston vessel, encountered severe weather going up, but he says he is getting used to it now. Last year he had another such tough experience. The Glengarry was delayed four days on Lake Erie and three more days at Michipicoten Island. The snow storms on the upper lakes have been severe of late. Few days elapse that snow does not fall, and when it comes it is generally blinding. The steamer had a reasonably good trip down.