DISASTER TO VESSELS.
Chicago, Oct. 26th - Dense fogs and heavy seas all over the great lakes brought disaster to several vessels yesterday. The Chicago steamer F.W. Gifford foundered in Lake Michigan, but fortunately the crew was picked up and brought safely to port.
The steamer Tuscarora, of the Lehigh Valley line, from Buffalo to Chicago, missed her course and ran far on the rocks on Thunder Bay island, smashing the steel plates and frames along half the length of the vessel. No lives were lost as the work of rescue was speedy, but the damage to the big steamer is considerable. Among the other accidents were: steamer Cadillac ran on a rock at the entrance to the harbor at Marquette, Mich., and badly damaged its bow; steamer Sheldon, struck by the tug Buscobel at Toledo; stanchions and rail broken.
The whaleback steamer A.D. Thomson went on the Limekiln bank near Amherstburg in a heavy fog. One of its tows, a large coal laden barge, also went on the rocks.
The steamer Corsican passes here tonight on her way to Montreal.
The schooner Annandale is expected this evening with coal from Charlotte.
One of the M.T. company's new steel barges will be launched this week.
The schooner Cornelia arrived from Oswego yesterday with screenings for R. Crawford.
The schooner Collier, from Charlotte, is discharging coal at the spile dock, for the K. & P. R.R. company.
The new barge being built at the M.T. company's ship yard will be ready for launching in two weeks.
The sloop Laura D. arrived from Bay of Quinte ports last night with 2,500 bushels of rye for Richardson & Sons.
The water in the harbor is eight inches below zero, the rapid drop being occasioned by the exceptionally dry weather.
The sloop Idle Wild, with 1,500 bushels of rye from Wolfe Island, discharged at Richardson & Sons' elevator this morning.
The barge Alice loaded 14,000 bushels of peas and the barge Ernest 15,000 bushels of rye at Richardson's elevator today for Montreal.
The schooner Wave Crest, with coal from Charlotte, arrived at the spile dock yesterday. The cargo is for the Kingston & Pembroke railway.
Two Indians arrived from St. Regis today to join their partner, "Joe" Lewis, the Indian pilot. They are negotiating for the purchase of Capt. Craig's steamer Jubilee.
Dredge No. 4, with two mud scows, the whole in tow of the tug Macdonald, are employed in removing the debris of the old Grand Trunk wharf. The outfit belongs to Manning & Macdonald, contractors.
Welland Canal Report.
Port Colborne, Oct. 25th - Down: steamer St. Andrews, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; Rugee, Chicago to Ogdensburg, oats; Averell and Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.
Low water is again causing boats to be delayed at this end of the canal. The north-east and east winds, which have been blowing since yesterday, lowered the water in the lock, varying in depth from thirteen feet six inches to thirteen feet ten inches. The steamers Denver and Topeka arrived last evening, drawing about fourteen feet, and laid above the lock all night waiting for the water to rise.
Port Dalhousie, Oct. 25th - Down: steamer Haze, Buffalo to Ogdensburg, light house supplies; steamer Aragon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; steamer Melbourne, Cleveland to Montreal, general cargo; steamer Business, Cleveland to Prescott, railroad iron; steamer Monteagle, Chicago to Oswego, corn; steamer Omaha, Chicago to Oswego, barley; steamer VanAllan, Chicago to Oswego, lumber.
p.3 Routine Business of City Council - T.J. Craig asking for the use of foot of Gore street for the purpose of building a new steamer.
Will Pool Interests.
C.F. Gildersleeve, general manager of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, and chief engineer Johnston, were in the city Saturday consulting with the Bertram engine company regarding the details of the two new boats. The Bertram company has already ordered some of the material for the boats and no time will be lost in commencing the work. It is stated that the story that the Niagara navigation company was to be amalgamated with the Richelieu & Ontario company is premature. While it is probable that the amalgamation will eventually take place, it will be after the new syndicate takes hold of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company.
p.6 Snips - The tug Reginald, liberated from the government dry dock today, left for Charlotte with four barges to load 3,200 tons of coal for the Kingston and Montreal forwarding company.
The schooner Two Brothers is expected in this evening from Charlotte with coal for Booth & Co. Her cargo will complete the supply for the water works department.
Capt. Joseph Dix, of the Rathbun company's ferry between Gananoque and Clayton, returned to this city yesterday on the final trip of steamer Valeria.