WENT DOWN THE RAPIDS.
The tug Walker, aground on an island opposite Iroquois, arrived in port yesterday afternoon. The tug Active went down to her assistance and pulled her off. She was on pretty tight. The accident occurred on Tuesday night when the tug was proceeding up the river with a tow of barges. A fog was in progress and it became denser. Capt. Murray lost his bearings, and in endeavoring to find out his position he drifted down towards the Galops rapids and the tug and her five barges were in the current before knew it or could recover himself. He accordingly let the crafts slide and trusted to getting down all right. The hawser was cut and the barges floated down and got to the bottom of the rapids without meeting any injury, and anchored below. The Walker struck the island and stranded. She was not damaged to any great extent, as she was able to clear for Sodus this morning with one barge for coal.
Capt. John Donnelly, sr., does not see very good prospects ahead this fall for vessels. Many schooners and steambarges have been laid up all summer with nothing at all to do. The schr. Grantham is one of them. The freights are so low and such little stuff moving that there is no money for vesselmen. Wages are higher now than when vessels got 20 cents, and 25 cents a bushel for carrying grain from Chicago.
Yesterday J. Bullis and H. Richardson went down the river in a steamyacht. At the foot of Wolfe Island the yacht became disabled. They paddled to the main shore and had to walk home.
The tug Jessie Hall cleared down the river this morning with four barges of grain. The Active took a like number down.
The prop. Rhoda Emily cleared for Oswego last night to load coal for the upper lakes.
The prop. Melbourne passed up this morning with thirty nine passengers for Cleveland.
Called at Queen's dock: str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Melbourne, Montreal.
General Paragraphs - The steamyacht Cleopatra is at the dry-dock. It is a beautiful craft and owned by George Blackstock of Toronto.
It is not likely the yacht Norma will reach Toronto in time to enter the yacht races there tomorrow. She started on Tuesday taking the Bay of Quinte route for fear of rough weather. She was becalmed and yesterday had only got as far as Massassaga Point.
Incidents of the Day - The board of trade of this city should hold a special meeting to discuss the high charges asked for docking vessels to the drydock. The prices have not been beneficial to the city. The work of repairing many boats here has been lost because the charges have been too high.