A NEW STEAMER.
Capt. Noonan has perfected arrangements for the building this winter at a Rideau canal port of a companion steamer to the James Swift, to ply between Kingston and Ottawa, making daily connections between these two ports. The steamer James Swift is a comfortable, home-like craft, but she will be cast into the shade by the new craft. Her dimensions are 107 feet over all, with twenty-three feet beam, and she has stateroom capacity for forty passengers. The new craft will be 110 feet in length, twenty-eight feet beam and will furnish every accommodation for seventy-five people. It is proposed to give her a dining room capable of seating sixty people and the whole boat will be fitted with electric lights. Another innovation will be an electric fan by means of which a current of cool air can be circulated throughout the boat day and night. This will be a pleasing feature particularly during the hot months when travel is at its height. Arrangements are also being made by which the smokestack can be lowered at the numerous overhead bridges on the route.
It is proposed to supply the new craft with a 12 x 24 compound engine and capable of giving her a speed of at least fifteen miles an hour. In all probability she will be built at Westport. It is expected that the new craft will cost $20,000.
Three Lake Vessels Ashore.
Owen Sound, Nov. 30th - The C.P.R. steamer Athabaska, from Port Arthur this morning, reports having passed the steel barges Harland, Tampa and Arthur Orr ashore at different points on the north shore of Lake Superior. The Tampa had her back broken and will be a total loss. The other two vessels are in exposed positions, and it is doubtful if they will be saved.
The barges of the M.T. company's fleet are entering winter quarters.
The schooner Two Brothers is trading in coal between Oswego and Napanee.
The schooner Trade Wind, from Toronto, is discharging barley at Clark's malt house.
The schooner Fabiola, with coal from Charlotte, is unloading at Clarke's malt house.
December 1st is the date of the official closing of the Rideau canal for the season of 1898.
Before the barge Hector could be released the wreckers had to throw overboard 300 tons of good hard coal, a loss of $1,500.
The schooner Acacia, from Charlotte, is discharging coal at Booth & Co.'s wharf. This trip concludes the schooner's season. She leaves for Waupoos to enter winter quarters.
Today the government dredge finished its work in the harbor for this season, not having been idle one working day since its appearance here on May 17th last. The result of the dredge's workis appreciated by mariners.
The steamer Glengarry and lighter reached port this morning after releasing the stranded barge Hector, which was severely strained by the grounding and by the force of the subsequent heavy seas. The barge was left at Brighton.
The K. & M. Forwarding company's fleet of barges, engaged at Coteau Landing during the season, have been placed in Portsmouth harbor for the winter. The barge Iroquois is on the ways. The tugs Antelope and St. George are also moored at Portsmouth.
Lake captains who went to the coast with vessels, chartered by the Atlantic transportation company, are returning to the lakes. It is said the insurance companies refused to underwrite the vessels if they were in charge of lake captains while in the Atlantic coast service.
The story afloat in Ottawa that the Folger company intend sending up the St. Lawrence and the Empire State next summer is absurd. These steamers are doing a good business where they are, and there is nothing to tempt them to go on a new route with barely sufficient passenger trade for the small steamers that are already established.
The Schooner Released.
Yesterday afternoon the schooner Marianette was released from the Charity shoals and brought over to the city, where she was placed in the government dry dock. Her forefoot is gone and her bilges are badly battered. It will take $1,000 to make repairs. It is expected that by Monday next she will be able to leave the dock, when her cargo will be reloaded and the schooner will continue her trip to Ogdensburg.
The schooner was released by the Donnelly Wrecking & Salvage company. Wreckers went out to the schooner on Monday night and at once set to work to effect her release, which was successfully accomplished.
p.6 The Work Completed - The government dredge Rideau, working in the Rideau canal below Kingston Mills lock, concluded her work this morning. An enlarged channel has been formed from a point some distance below the "basket" up to the locks. Capt. Yelland, in charge of the work, left for Ottawa with the tug Shanley today.
The Last Case - The last case tried at the high court without jury was that of Mrs. Cook, sailing as cook of the schooner J.S. Case, against Capt. Horne, its commander, for assault on board at Marquette, Michigan. The parties are Wolfe Islanders. Though Justice Meredith gave the woman a lecture for her conduct in court and out of it he awarded her $100 and county court costs.
Late Afternoon Events - The Mooers elevator at Goderich is getting all the grain it can handle. It is expected that before the season closes it will have handled three million bushels.
The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy are frozen in the ice on the Napanee river. With a few days of soft weather the tug will be able to break her way through.