Reported Increase In Marine Disasters.
Detroit, Oct. 22nd - A Washington despatch says the report of the general superintendent of the treasury shows that, while there was an increase in marine disasters during the year to 669, the number of vessels totally lost was smaller than for several years, being but fifty-three, as compared with sixty-seven in 1896 and seventy-three in 1895.
A portion of the dock at the foot of Barrack street is being repaired.
The schooner Fabiola cleared this morning for Charlotte to load coal for this port.
The Laura D. arrived from Picton last evening with 2,500 bushels of rye for J. Richardson & Sons.
The schooner Fleetwing, Charlotte, was expected to arrive today at Swift's wharf with a cargo of coal.
The schooner Lyden (sic - Lydon ?), from Toronto, discharged 12,000 bushels of peas at the M.T. company's docks today.
Today the barge Fannie loaded 6,000 bushels of rye and 20,000 bushels of oats at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Montreal.
The steamer Bannockburn was floated out of the government dry dock today, repairs to her stem having been completed.
Called at Swift's wharf: steamers Lake Michigan, Montreal to Toronto; Corsican, Montreal to Hamilton; Hamilton, Hamilton to Montreal.
The sloop Two Brothers discharged 4,000 bushels of wheat at Richardsons' elevator yesterday, and cleared this morning for Consecon.
The work of constructing ways on which to launch one of the new steel barges building at the locomotive works for the M.T. company, has been begun, and early next week the craft will be placed in the element which in future will be her home.
A mud scow engaged in dredging the ship channel near Lachine, was sunk Wednesday afternoon, causing much delay and danger in traffic on the river. Six grain laden barges of the M.T. company's fleet had to be taken down one at a time. The steamers Bothnia and Persia struck heavily against the sunken scow, which is out of water about a foot. The channel at the spot is very narrow.
Welland Canal Report.
Port Dalhousie, Oct. 21st - down: steamer Gov. Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.
Port Colborne, Oct. 21st - down: tug R.T. Wilmot and barge Betts, Bay City to the coast; Algonquin, Duluth to Prescott, wheat; schooner St. Louis, Sandusky to Toronto, coal.
The iron tug R.W. Wilmot, built in Bay City and bound for New Orleans, by the St. Lawrence canals to the ocean, passed down the canal this morning. She is a fine looking tug and fully equipped with all the modern improvements. Her electric lights made a brilliant display. She has the barge Betts in tow, with pontoons to be used in the lower canals to float her. She is drawing thirteen feet nine inches aft and eleven feet forward, deeper than there is water to float her in the canals.
Mail Line Announcements.
Sir Frank Smith, Toronto, has bought 600 shares of the R. & O. stock, and may get on the board. The contracts have been signed for the building of the two new boats. They will cost $275,000 each. An interesting announcement is made that the earnings for the fall season, viz., since September 15th, have shown a $15,000 increase.