The steambarge King Ben cleared for Oswego today to load coal.
The schr. Annie Falconer is at Garden Island having a new mast put in.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes is in from Oswego this morning, coal for Crawford.
The tug Active cleared for Montreal this morning with six barges loaded with grain.
The str. Celtic could not get a barge here to lighten into and had to go down to Brockville.
The prop. Rosedale passed down the American channel with flour. She will unload into barges for Montreal.
The improvements made to the steamer Spartan will cost much money. She will be the best finished boat on the western line.
The str. Traveller left Garden Island yesterday with a raft for Quebec. This is the fourth raft to go down the river this season.
The water in the river is lower at the present time than it was last fall, when the river is supposed to reach its lowest stage. The water is at least seven inches lower in the rapids.
The M.T. Co. has been obliged to engage several Montreal barges. Both transportation companies are very busy. Their own barges are not sufficient to meet the big demand.
The steambarge King Ben will have her smoke stack cut. It is too high at the present time for the bridge at Newboro. The old bridge should be heightened. All steamers of any size have to lower their stacks when approaching it.
The latest engineering and ship-canal idea is to dispense with the twenty four locks in the Welland Canal, leading from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, and to make the whole drop of 326 feet between these two lakes in two pneumatic balance locks, built of steel, operated by compressed air, large enough to admit vessels of ocean draft.
The str. Bannockburn met with an accident on her down trip. Coming out of Port Dalhousie her wheel struck the bottom and was so badly broken that a new one will have to be put on here. It is not necessary for the Bannockburn to go into the dry-dock. By filling her forward bulkhead with water her stern is raised and the wheel is slipped on without any trouble.
p.4 John C. Boyd, Simcoe, has been appointed superintendent of the Sault Ste. Marie canal.