A STEAMER BURNED.
Elgin, March 12th - The popular steamer Rideau Belle, bought last season by Fleming Bros., of Elgin, from Capt. D. Noonan for Rideau canal service, and undergoing repairs in West Bay, Sand Lake, Rideau Canal, was burned to the very bottom last night. The decks were partly stripped and preparations made for an inspection by Capt. Donnelly, to be made on Wednesday, 13th inst. Hugh Herald, the ship carpenter, lost all his valuable tools.
Lockmaster A. Foster and assistant John Fleming were the first to discover the fire, which was so well under way that nothing could be done towards saving her. It is said that her machinery may not be a total loss. Every sympathy is expressed for Messrs. Fleming in their loss, as it is understood they were carrying their own risk. Loss estimated at least $3,500.
The steamer had been exceedingly unfortunate since taken over by her present owners, having gone through one lock of the Tay canal last summer and sunk, and afterwards scuttled by the ice and sunk in the river Styx.
p.2 Thousand Island Park, March 12th - ...Capt. Henry Robbins has commenced repairs on the Flying Cloud and will have her ready by the opening of navigation. He made his first trip to Clayton on the 20th March last year....
p.3 Affairs of the Hour - Tug Grace, seized at Port Colborne for illegal fishing, has been released.
p.5 District Dashes - Capt. J. Gordon Wilson, Clayton, for several years engaged with the Thousand Island steamboat company, has purchased the steamyacht Alert from Capt. S. Johnson. The steamer is being entirely rebuilt.
The steamer Antelope, at present on the ways at Rockport, is having her hull rebuilt and new plank, and the entire boat is being thoroughly overhauled and fitted. She will be on the Gananoque and Brockville route again the coming summer.
p.7 Marine Paragraphs - Michael Tetro will go as first engineer on Capt. Ira Folger's new steambarge, King Ben.
The str. A.G. Lindsay, str. Walter Vail and consort Baltic have been chartered to carry corn from Chicago to Kingston at 2 3/4 cents per bushel.
Several changes will occur in the officers of the M.T. Co.'s steamers this year. The captains and engineers of the tugs are being changed around.
Capt. James Martin, master of the tug Jessie Hall for twelve years, has been appointed captain of the tug Myra, owned by the Ogdensburg coal and towing company.
John T. Towers, of St. Catharines, was in the city yesterday. He will likely be stationed at Toronto this season for the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company.
Marine men expect a late opening of navigation. There is ice as far as eye can see off Nine Mile Point. At Port Colborne, Lake Erie is frozen further out than ever known before. Fishermen have gone three miles out.
Capt. T. Bates has finally got a settlement with the insurance company in the matter of destruction by fire of the schr. B.W. Folger. To save going to court he was obliged to take $1,700. The insurance policy called for $2,000.
Semi-Weekly British Whig, March 18, 1895
p.5 Marine Paragraphs - F.M. Hepburn will again go as steward of one of the mail boats.
The water in Lake Ontario has not been so low as it is now only in 1846, 1848, 1872 and 1891. In 1838 J.W. Judston, United States engineer, established a gauge in Oswego harbor. On Feb. 28th and March 1st last the water went down to the zero point, below which it has never gone since 1838. This zero point is 2 2/3 feet below the average lake level of twenty years. At present the water is a few inches above the zero mark.