Handling Big Steamers.
[Watertown, N.Y. Times]
The steamer Toronto, of the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company, passed the Thousand Islands park on her way up river this afternoon, but did not stop. This boat, which is the largest boat on the river, 268 feet long, being a four-decker, always takes the most difficult passage up the river, in the channel opposite the park. About one-half way from Remington point to Rock Island light is a rock and about seventy-five feet in shore from this, a shoal marked by a buoy. Great care has to be exercised in passing this point, as the channel runs just between the buoy and the rock. The Toronto easily makes this, while the Arundell, a much smaller steamer, never dares to make the attempt. The handling of the large river steamers requires great skill on the part of pilots and captains, and it is not the least interesting part of a summer outing to watch the moves of these noble steamers.
The steamer Langdon cleared for Ogdensburg.
The sloop Peruvian arrived from Trenton with wood.
The schooners Kate and Burton cleared today for Oswego.
The steamer Alexandria called at Craig's wharf last evening.
The schooner Acacia is at Crawford's wharf with coal from Oswego.
The tug Active and barge Kingston left last evening for Oswego to load coal.
The steamer Glengarry and consort Winnipeg cleared today for upper lake ports.
The sloops Laura D. and Minnie from bay ports with wheat unloaded at Richardsons' elevator today.
The tug Nellie Reid with four grain laden barges cleared from Richardsons' elevator this morning for Montreal.
The government dredge Queen is making good progress around the ferry at Wolfe Island. It is expected the dredge will remain for at least three weeks. The channel will be deepened to eight feet.
A petition will shortly be sent to the government asking that dredging operations be commenced on the Wolfe Island canal. It is a number of years since steamers have been able to use this passage to the Cape.
Mr. Knapp, Prescott, says he has a sufficiency of capital behind his roller boat project, and he will build a lake roller boat 800 feet long and 100 feet in diameter. The boat will carry 15,000 tons and will cost but one-half as much to build as a present type of vessel of the same capacity.