SEIZED A VESSEL.
The Owners Of The Tug Orcadia Demand Salvage.
Port Arthur, July 13th - The tug Inez arrived yesterday having in tow the steambarge E. Preston, abandoned in a storm on the lake recently. The Preston on arrival was seized by the Canadian admiralty court, on a claim for salvage made by the tug Orcadia, which picked her up after her abandonment. It appears that 200,000 feet of lumber for the new Canadian Northern elevator here was lost off the Preston. The Inez also had in tow the barge H.A. Rott, of Duluth, and lighter, and they, too, were seized by the Canadian customs. They were engaged lightering the Preston, and using wrecking pumps in violation of the customs act.
ACCIDENTS TO STEAMERS.
The Kingston and the Spartan Disabled.
Shortly after leaving Brockville on her trip up on Friday, the steamer Kingston cracked the top of her cylinder, but not to such an extent as would disable her. She continued her trip to Kingston, and arrived here at half past seven o'clock last evening, only four hours late, having made six miles an hour. C.F. Gildersleeve, general manager of the R. & O. navigation company was aboard, and lost no time in telegraphing to the Bertram works, Toronto, for a new cylinder head, and work upon this was begun before the Kingston reached here.
Temporary repairs were made while the steamer lay at Swift's wharf, so that she was able to continue her trip to Toronto today. The passengers aboard the Kingston were transferred early this morning to the steamer Toronto, which returned west, while the steamer Corsican, the spare steamer lying at Swift's wharf, took the Toronto's route to Prescott and return. The Toronto will make the Kingston's Sunday trip also, but next week the steamers will be again running on their own respective days.
Steamer Spartan Disabled.
Early last evening word was received by J.P. Hanley, R. & O. navigation company's ticket agent, that the steamer Spartan was disabled near Bath, some accident to her machinery having occurred. The steamer Corsican was at once sent to her aid, and towed the Spartan down, arriving at Swift's wharf late last night. The Spartan was only on her first return trip to Montreal. New machinery had recently been placed in her, and some portion of it became disordered. Repairs are being made today, and the steamer will clear for Montreal at midnight.
The Robinault Rejected.
The steamer Robinault, of Montreal, chartered by the Thousand Islands steamboat company for the Cape Vincent route, and which arrived here on Thursday morning, has been rejected. The Folgers chartered the boat on conditions that she would fulfil the requirements of the Canadian and United States inspectors, but the Robinault did not pass, and so her owners have been notified to take the boat away. By dropping the Monday and Friday trips from river ports to Kingston, on which days the excursionists are few, the company can do without another steamer, and this has been decided upon.
Along The Harbor
Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria, from Quebec; steambarge Owen, from Oswego, with coal.
M.T. company elevator: tug Hall from Montreal with three light barges, and cleared down with four laden barges.
Swift's wharf: steamers Rideau Queen, from Ottawa; Hamilton, from Montreal; Caspian from Charlotte; Toronto from Toronto.
The steamyacht Wapiti, owned by the Toronto yacht club, is in Davis' dry dock for repairs. Last week the yacht came down with a Toronto party for a cruise up the Rideau. She cruised over logs and stumps and every old thing, until two wheels were broken and some of her planking ripped. The Wapiti was built here two or three years ago.