The M.T. Co. has decided to leave the cargo in the prop. Bannockburn all winter.
The schr. Pilot is in from Conway with a load of wheat for Richardson Bros.
This winter the str. Hero will receive a new wheel which will increase her speed.
The M.T. Co.'s barges are about all laid up. The remainder will be salted down for the winter today.
Last evening the str. Pierrepont ran on a shoal in the river St. Lawrence between here and Gananoque and had to be released by the str. Chieftain.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes is still up the bay. The vessel may be frozen in as it is, but Mr. Richardson expects the weather will get warmer soon.
Ice formed two inches thick in the harbor last night. It looked like winter around the docks this morning. The str. Chieftain was a sheet of ice when she came over from Garden Island.
Edward Henderson, second mate on the schr. Fleetwing, has returned from Brighton. The vessel was laid up there. The Fleetwing had one of the best seasons of any of the vessels sailing on Lake Ontario. Capt. Shaw seldom had to wait a day for a load.
The str. Merritt, laying at Davis' shipyard for the winter, may be sold. The steamer is owned by Inspector Chamberlain, but he is negotiating with a man who wants the steamer for a slow route. If she is not sold the doctor will probably have her engines compounded.
Today court is being held at Cornwall for the purpose of hearing a charge preferred against Capt. Gillespie and others, owners of the str. Rocket, for having allowed the boat to carry more passengers than permitted by law. Capt. Donnelly is prosecutor in the case.
Capt. Dix thinks that the schr. Ella Murton is frozen in at Oswego. He expects to see the crew over today or tomorrow. The slips at Oswego freeze up very quickly. Capt. Saunders was unable to secure insurance. This was the reason he did not bring over a cargo for Breck & Booth.
A Steamship Suit.
James McDougall, boiler-plater, Morrison street, began suit this morning before Referee Cartwright to recover $1,673 from the Kingston foundry and machinery company for work done on the steamer Algonquin. The boat is owned by Thomas Marks & Company, of Port Arthur. When the boat was built, contracts were given to both the plaintiff and defendants. McDougall completed his share of the work and also part of the defendants, for which he is now claiming remuneration. Two models of the str. Algonquin were produced in evidence.
Vessels In Danger.
Chatham, Dec. 13th - The steambarge United Lumberman, with two consorts, all loaded with lumber for Chatham, are frozen in in Lake St. Clair a short distance from the mouth of the Thames river. Unless they can be got to a place of safety they stand a good chance of being cut to pieces before spring. The vessels are owned by S. Fraser, of Amherstburg.
p.4 Disadvantage of Steel Boats - Chicago, Dec. 13th - more losses to steel vessels than wooden ones; may rates insurance rates higher on steel boats.