BIG VESSEL AGROUND.
The Steamer Was On Her Way To Europe.
Cardinal, Ont., May 13th - The ocean bound steamer Northwestern reached this point Wednesday afternoon, at one o'clock and entered the first lock of the canal to avoid the Gallop rapids. The chief engineer of the canal system went on board and notified the pilot that a dredge was anchored in the centre of the channel just around Sparrow Hawk Point and to be careful and take the inside channel to get past. This was a fatal mistake as there is a very rapid current at this place and the pilot must have known that he could not get past the dredge on the inside channel as all pilots agree on this. All other large boats, including the Meteor, the sister ship of the Northwestern, passed this dredge on the outside channel quite safely. When the Northwestern attempted to cross in front of the dredge to get inside the current swept her against the dredge. The captain of the steamer, by his prompt action in signalling full steam astern, struck the dredge lightly, saving a serious accident. The current drove the steamer into shallow water and she stranded on a shoal. Very little damage was done to the steamer. The Donnelly wrecking company is here arranging to get her off and they hope to do so in a day or two.
The steamer Nile, Deseronto to Prescott, passed down yesterday.
Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind arrived from Oswego with coal.
The barge Valencia, consort of the steamer Bothnia, will enter Cantin's dry-dock at Montreal.
The tug Bronson, receiving repairs on the M.T. company marine railway, was floated on Saturday evening.
Mooers' elevator: schooners Annie Minnes, from Consecon, and Kate, from Cobourg, with wheat.
The schooner Queen of the Lakes discharged grain at Richardsons' elevator, and is loading feldspar at the ferry wharf.
On account of the immense amount of freight they have to carry, the steamers Algerian and Hamilton have been a day late on the round trip.
Craig's wharf: steamer Melbourne from Montreal; steamer Ocean from Toronto; steamer Lake Michigan from Hamilton; steambarge Waterlily, from Montreal, called on Sunday.
M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson arrived from Oswego with two coal-laden barges yesterday, cleared with them and a grain laden barge for Prescott, and arrived back today with four light barges.
The steamer Caspian chartered by H.H. Gildersleeve to run with the steamer North King between Charlotte, Kingston and Alexandria Bay, arrived at Swift's wharf on Saturday evening to be fitted out.
Richardsons' elevator: steamer Myles from Goderich; schooner Flora Carveth from lake ports; schooners Katie Eccles, Maggie L., Laura D., Ballou and Echo, from bay ports. Steamer Myles cleared for upper lake ports.
At ten o'clock on Sunday morning, the steamer New York left for Buffalo and her departure was witnessed by a large crowd. Capt. "Andy" Miller was in command, and as the steamer glided off from the wharf he blew a special salute to Henry, B.W. and Howard Folger.
Fire broke out in the machinery room of the steamship Leafield, at Montreal, on Saturday. The fireman was severely burned, and had to be removed to the general hospital. The machinery room was badly damaged, as were also 7,000 bushels of Portland cement for the Algoma Central railway at Sault Ste. Marie.
The Donnelly wrecking and salvage company's steamer Donnelly and lighter Grantham, together with necessary wrecking apparatus, left Saturday night for Cardinal, to the scene of the stranded coal-laden barges, the tow of the steamer Porter. The steamer is all right, but the barges are in a bad plight.
Personal Mention - "Jack Sparks" is receiving pursership teaching on the steamer Algerian under the tuition of W.R. Tandy. At the end of the month he will receive his graduation diploma, and be placed in full charge of that steamer.
p.6 Incidents of the Day - The tug Bronson, receiving new machinery, and the dredge Queen, receiving repairs in the government dry-dock, were floated out Saturday night.