The steamer Hero brought a general cargo to the city from Picton yesterday.
The schr. Fleetwing is unloading coal from Oswego, N.Y. at Swift's dock.
The tug Reginald arrived at the Kingston forwarding company's wharf from Montreal today with four barges, light.
The str. Nichols has been placed in winter quarters at the foot of Princess St. in the same berth as the strs. King Ben and Alberta.
The schooners Winnipeg and Selkirk are on their way down from Port Dalhousie to this port. The heavy wind today will delay them somewhat.
The str. Owen Sound was lightened of her damaged cargo at Owen Sound yesterday, and left immediately afterwards for Collingwood for repairs.
The str. Tecumseh is at Port Colborne with wheat from Fort William. Owing to a break in the shaft of the elevator the steamer is waiting to be lightened.
The severe gale today direct from the south made navigation an impossibility. There were no arrivals or departures, vessel captains being content to lie snugly in the friendly shelter of some harbor.
Navigation Kept Open - An urgent request was received at the marine and fisheries department from the transport companies doing business on the St. Lawrence canals, asking that they be kept open as long as possible. It was represented that there are large quantities of grain at Kingston for shipment to Montreal, which can be put through the canal if the lightships are not withdrawn. The contractor on the Lachine canal wired the department that it is time the ships are taken in, otherwise it may be impossible to winter them without great difficulty. Instructions were issued by the deputy minister to keep the ships at their posts so long as this can be safely done.
Steamers In Winter Quarters - The Richelieu and Ontario navigation company has closed the Quebec and Montreal steamer services and begun putting its boats in winter quarters. In speaking of the past season's business, C.F. Gildersleeve, superintendent, said that he thought the company had every reason to be satisfied with the general results. In the gross receipts there was little difference between this season and last, but the net receipts were better. This result had been attained under difficulties, too, for, owing to the low water this year, the lines were run with more difficulty than formerly.
p.2 A Forwarder's Opinion - The Prescott elevator has more business than it can attend to, and there is a continual rush of boats there, with grain, that formerly discharged here. A prominent forwarder prophesied today that within three years Kingston would lose her forwarding trade entirely. The business will go to Ogdensburg and Prescott, as the extra expense of carrying it that far down nearer the seaboard is trifling. As long as the water remains shallow, however, it will have a tendency in Kingston's favor. He further said that Kingston lost her opportunity when the subject of building an elevator here was talked of, but cried down.
p.4 The Tug Walker Overdue - The M.T. company's tug Walker, with the barges Selkirk and Winnipeg in tow, from Port Dalhousie, was expected to arrive at this port this morning. She has not yet arrived, and some uneasiness is felt on account of the unusually heavy gale that has been raging all day.