VESSEL BUSINESS IS SLOW.
Money is a scarce article for those who own vessels. They say that the business is very slow, that freights are difficult to secure, and that the rates are so low that if expenses are made they consider themselves lucky. The sailing vessels are being driven off the waters by the large steambarges and propellers. A schooner is a poor property to hold these days and quite a number of owners would like to get from under.
Passed Port Colborne: Steamer Bannockburn and barges, Fort William to Kingston, wheat.
Arrived: prop. Topeka, Chicago, 52,000 bushels of corn; prop. Glengarry and barges Minnedosa and Dunmore, Fort William, grain.
Mr. Carroll is making a wheel for the yacht Cleopatra, owned by Mr. Gooderham, of Toronto. It will be a better wheel than was in the boat before.
The barges in the wake of the tug Hiram Easton grounded on Tuesday evening in the big Cataraqui above Belle Island, and found the mud of highly attractive and adhesive quality after several hours experience. Navigation on the raging Rideau canal is becoming very perilous.
The houseboat which Davis & Son made for Mr. Holmes, immigrant agent of Napanee, is completed, and cleared today in tow of the steam yacht Dorothy. The houseboat is fifty-two feet long, fifteen feet wide, and contains seven rooms. Mr. Holmes and party will spend three months in the boat this summer cruising on the Rideau river and among the Thousand Islands.
General Paragraphs - The schr. Loretta Rooney is loading coal in Oswego for Breck & Booth.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes is in at Breck & Booth's wharf with a cargo of coal.
p.4 The Blockade Lifted - Iroquois, Ont., June 27th - The barge Roberval ran into the lower lock gate here, last night, breaking the gate and stopping the Persia and ( ? ) about fifteen barges and tugs. Engineer Rubidge, who was present took prompt measures to have the damage repaired, and at six o'clock this morning the blockade was lifted. The injury to the gates is considerable and new ones will have to be provided.