IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The str. St. Lawrence is laid up at Gunn's wharf.
The schr. S.H. Dunn, light, from this port to Toledo, cleared the Welland canal today.
The str. Bothnia, Fort William, brought down 30,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co. today.
The steamers Algerian and Passport are the ones chosen to lay up first. They go into winter quarters on the 15th inst.
The str. Bannockburn and consorts, Fort William, arrived today with 220,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co.
John Donnelly, jr., says his company never handled as much stuff in so short a time as was done in relieving the prop. Monteagle.
The tug Thomson, with six light barges, arrived in port last night. The tug Walker, with four light barges, came up from Montreal today.
Mr. McLeod, representing the underwriters' association, sold 9,000 bushels of good and damaged grain to the captain of the steambarge Coaster.
The schr. Waubeshene, Fort William, is discharging 30,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s elevators. It is consigned to James Richardson & Sons.
The prop. Orion went down to Prescott to discharge her cargo. Her consort will be discharged by the M.T. Co. Her grain belongs to Richardson & Sons.
The str. Haggart has left Brockville for Perth via Kingston. Before laying up for the season the management will run an excursion from Perth to Jones' Falls.
The str. Algerian had an accident to her machinery, yesterday, and the str. Columbia has been ordered to take her trip today. The Algerian was near Montreal when the accident occurred. (nothing in Montreal Gazette about it - ed.)
Folger Bros. purchased 3,500 bushels of damaged grain from the prop. Monteagle cargo. They shipped it to Cape Vincent by the steambarge Coaster and will sell it over there. By doing this they escape the duty.
The str. Saturn was successfully released from the mud shoal at the foot of Wolfe Island, last night, and proceeded on down to Prescott to unload. Little difficulty was experienced in effecting the release. The tug Rival returned to the city last night after completing the work.
The barge Ceylon had only 260 bushels of damaged grain in her cargo. B. Danack, New York, representing the underwriters, paid for this amount on the spot and expressed great satisfaction that the barge came out of the storm so fortunately. It had been reported that the Ceylon had 30,000 bushels of damaged stuff. The barge belongs to the Calvin Co.
It is estimated that the damage to the prop. Monteagle will amount to between $10,000 and $15,000. The principal injury is to her bottom. It is so badly chaffed that an entirely new bottom will have to be in. Her decks are also lifted which will necessitate putting in about one-third new deck beams in the main deck and the same number of stanchions. The temporary repairs to be made here will not exceed $1,500, including dry-dock fees. Capt. Taylor and J. Donnelly, jr., will make a survey of the cargo today. It is estimated the steamer has on board about 25,000 bushels of grain. She will get out of the dock tonight or tomorrow and leave for Cleveland, Ohio, where permanent repairs will be put on her. The loss on the cargo will be heavy as the damaged grain is worth very little because of it being American grain. The duty on damaged grain is twenty per cent.
The question of high fees charged for use of the government dry-dock forms the basis of many an argument in marine circles. It was under discussion, this morning, by a few practical men who know whereof they speak. One of the number was of opinion that the dock should be opened at a nominal rate of $25 a day. As a case in point he quoted the steamer Monteagle, now in dock receiving temporary repairs. Her dockage fees amount to over $100 a day. At Buffalo the same service can be attained for one-quarter that figure. Over there, of course, timber and labor comes higher, but the saving in dry-dockage fees more than covers the difference. If the local dock could be secured at the same figure the repairs to the Monteagle would most likely be made here. Timber is cheaper, so is labor. But the fact that the temporary repairs made here must be torn out when permanent repairs are made, brings the cost up. If permanent repairs were added here, with a low dockage fee, the saving to the owners would be greater than the fifty per cent duty charged on such repairs by the United States government, and Kingston would receive the benefit. Another interested person said that supposing the daily expense of the dry-dock to be $25, would it not be better to have the dock in use every day for expenses, than to have it idle week in and out? Work would be given a large number of men and the city benefitted thereby. Another speaker said a local company had many thousand dollars' worth of timber that might be put to good use if the opportunity afforded itself, also that Kingston had some of the best known ship carpenters around the lake.
Roger On The Elevator.
Roger Grier would like to see the elevator built and thinks the Kingston dry-dock property the place. If the government would grant a sum of money to build a breakwater, then he is of opinion that it would be a great deal wiser than throwing away money in dredging the shoal in the harbor. He thinks the city would be justified in securing legislation to allow an investment of $50,000 on the elevator. It would be a paying investment.