Almost Cause A Blockade.
A sailor at present engaged on the St. Lawrence River says the canals never were known to be so busy passing boats. Tugs with their barges are seen by the dozens, and in going through the canals each is forced to await its turn for the locks. The tug Walker entered the Cornwall canal on its way up at nine o'clock on Monday morning and did not get out until late in the evening. The run of this canal usually takes three or four hours.
The hull of the tug Active was recaulked today.
The steamer Escanaba cleared from here for Fort Erie yesterday.
The marine leg on Richardson's elevator was placed in position yesterday.
The steamer James Swift, from Ottawa, arrived at Swift's wharf this afternoon.
The sloop Pilot was released from Davis' dry dock yesterday after receiving repairs.
The steamer Pierrepont brought a large quantity of pressed hay from Wolfe Island this morning.
The tug MacNaughton from Montreal reached port last night with light barges for Mooer's elevator.
The sloop Two Brothers unloaded fifty tons of pressed hay from Wolfe Island at the mutual wharf this morning.
The schooner Maggie L., with 3,000 bushels of wheat from Bay of Quinte ports, discharged at Richardson's today.
The steamer Runnels, from Chicago, with 41,400 bushels of corn, arrived at the M.T. company's docks yesterday.
The sloop Minnie, Capt. J. Mahoney, bent her canvas today and will carry stone from the islands to the city.
The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa arrived from Toledo this morning with 125,000 bushels of wheat.
The steamer Aragon with 80,000 bushels of corn from Chicago is among the arrivals at the M.T. company's docks.
The steambarge Quebec, from Ottawa en route for Cape Vincent, touched here this morning. She was loaded with lath.
The tug Bronson arrived up from Montreal yesterday with two light barges and cleared again with six barges, grain laden.
The steamer Hamilton, bound down, touched at Swift & Co.'s wharf last night. She was delayed here for about five hours on account of fog.
The tug Walker, from Montreal with two light barges, reached the M.T. company's docks last night and left again at noon today with three barges, grain laden.
The steamer J.J. Hill, which brought grain from Chicago, is now awaiting orders to proceed to New York by way of the St. Lawrence river. She will be used as a transport ship. The Hill hails from Marine City, Mich., is twelve hundred tons burden and capable of making fourteen knots an hour. She carries a crew of eleven men. The boat will not be transferred to the government until she reaches New York, so as to allow her to go through the Canadian canals without any question.
Welland Canal Report.
Port Colborne, May 3rd - Down: Barge Ewen, Duluth to Prescott, corn; steamer Denver, Chicago to Prescott; Melbourne, Cleveland to Montreal, general cargo; Nipigon and barges, Chassel to Ogdensburg, lumber; Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg.
Port Dalhousie, May 3rd - Down: steamer Marion, Chicago to Oswego, barley; steamer Glengarry, Toledo to Kingston, corn; barge Minnedosa, Toledo to Kingston, corn; barge Grampian, Duluth to Kingston, corn; steamer Argon, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer
D.D. Calvin, barges Ceylon and Augustus, Toledo to Kingston, lumber.
HEAVY INSURANCE LOSSES.
The First Month of Navigation Quite Disastrous.
Chicago, May 4th - The Chicago News says that the first month of navigation brought to the insurance companies losses aggregating $296,000. These figures are based on accurate statistics: schooner Northwest, cut through by ice and sank in straits, cargo of corn, Chicago to Buffalo, boat $22,000; cargo, $30,000. Steamer J.H. Outhwaite, driven ashore on False Presque Isle, without cargo, boat, $70,000. Schooner H.A. Barr, driven ashore on False Presque Isle, without cargo, boat $50,000. Steamer Servia, burned and sank on Lake Superior, cargo of corn, Duluth to Kingston, boat, $70,000; cargo, $22,400. Steamer Maine, burned at Buffalo, without cargo, boat, $13,500. Total, $257,000. The Servia's loss is on this year's insurance; all the rest on insurance placed last year, which had up to a certain time this year to run. Losses from strandings and vessels going ashore are heavier than for any other cause, as is usual in the lake marine. The sum total of $127,750 is almost wholly made up of the casualties to the Outhwaite and Barr. Fire was a close second to stranding, with total $106,500, a large part of it being the steamer Servia and cargoes. The grain shippers insisted on the winter fleet leaving Chicago as soon as a passageway had been made in the ice at the strait this year. The floating ice got in its work to the tune of $73,660. One boat, the schooner Northwest, was sunk with a corn cargo, but the number of broken bows and consequent wet cargoes made the underwriters determined to hold boats in port longer next time, in spite of the efforts of the shippers to have them move. Minor disasters cost only $9,243, and collisions were responsible for damages amounting to $6,500.