p.1 Shipyards Will Be Rushed - Chicago, Aug. 24th - Contracts have been closed for the building of a number of steel freight ships by the American shipbuilding company. Seventeen have already been contracted for and with the additional contracts made the shipbuilding company will have, during the winter, a vessel for every berth in the six yards.
The schooner Monitor cleared for Glenora Mills with wheat.
The tug Maggie May and barge are at Gananoque loading brick for this port.
The schooner Eliza White cleared for Oswego to load coal for Folger Bros.
The schooners Maggie L. and Laura D. are loading lumber at Trenton for Ogdensburg.
The tug Nellie Reid and grain-laden barge cleared to-day for Montreal from Richardsons' elevator.
Arrivals at Swift's wharf: Steamers Algerian from Hamilton; James Swift from Ottawa; Toronto on down and up trips.
The steamer St. Andrew, from Fort William, with 36,000 bushels of wheat, arrived at the M.T. company's elevator to-day.
The tug Thomson arrived from Charlotte and Oswego with three coal-laden barges, and cleared for Montreal with four barges grain-laden.
Arrivals at Craig's wharf: Steamer Melbourne from Montreal; steamyachts Little Mac, Marion, Columbia, Blue Bell, Mohawk; sloop Minnie with lumber.
The steamer Unique had about two hundred passengers on its trip this morning to Ogdensburg. A number of people who were disappointed last Friday by the accident to the steamer used the passes which were supplied them a week ago.
The steamer New York left at half-past eight o'clock this morning for Ogdensburg, having 300 excursionists aboard. This is the largest number this summer carried from the city on the White Squadron steamers' weekly excursions to Ogdensburg.
The schooner Volunteer, of Hamilton, formerly the L.D. Bullock, of Brighton, struck a pier of the bridge at Belleville on Thursday morning and the fluke of the anchor, which hung over her bow, tore a big hole in her hull. The vessel sunk at once, in 20' of water. She had been loaded with stone at Port Anne.
The Soulanges canal when completed will be an exceedingly fine piece of engineering work. It has been greatly admired by tourists this summer. The banks form a gradual slope towards the water and are about ten feet high. The lower half of the banks are covered with gravel, and the upper portion is a grassy bed kept in good condition. Electric light poles, painted white, extend at short intervals the whole length of the canal. Altogether the waterway presents a pretty sight as a steamer proceeds through it.
A New Steamer - In all probability a new freight and passenger steamer will be placed on the Ottawa river early next spring, by the Capital freight company, of Ottawa, which operates the steamer Ida. The latter makes weekly trips between Ottawa and Montreal and as the business is increasing it has been found necessary to improve this service. The new boat will be constructed at Kingston, Ont., and will, it is said, be considerably larger than the Ida. It will be one hundred feet long, twenty-two feet beam, and have a capacity for about two hundred tons of general cargo. Staterooms and accommodation will also be provided for passengers.
A Narrow Escape - Roy Austin, Bath, able seaman on the schooner Fabiola, fell from moving streetcar, slightly injured.
p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Varuna will run her last weekly excursion of the year from Belleville and up river points to the Thousand Island park tomorrow.
The third race of the Kingston yacht club takes place tomorrow afternoon at half past two o'clock. The protest over the race two weeks ago has not yet been considered.
p.6 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Fabiola clears this evening for Oswego.
The schooner Grantham will tomorrow enter Davis dry dock for general repairs.
The schooner Kate, from Oswego, is unloading coal at the penitentiary wharf.