p.1 The Lightship Burned - Detroit, Mich., Aug. 8th - The schooner Smith & Post, chartered by the lake carriers' association and fitted up as a light-ship on the south-east shoal, Pelee Passage, on Lake Erie, Canadian waters, was burned to the water's edge on Wednesday and sank. This dangerous spot consequently is again without a light.
p.2 Preparing For Canoe Camp - American Canoe Association meeting at Mudlunta Island.
Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean, from Montreal.
The grain elevators are unusually quiet this month.
The schooner Fleetwing cleared for Charlotte to load coal.
Crawford's wharf: schooner Two Brothers cleared for Oswego.
On her last trip from Oswego to Kingston, the schooner Maggie L., coal laden, covered the distance in 6 hours.
The steamer Parthia had to be placed on the ferry and Gananoque route today, while the steamer Pierrepont went to Cape Vincent.
Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto, from Toronto; Caspian from Charlotte; Algerian from Montreal; Rideau Queen cleared for Ottawa.
Hugh Wilson, Gananoque, appeared at the custom house at Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and claimed that he had a mortgage on A.C. Cornett's steamboat Cornett, seized by the customs officers for smuggling. He was told the terms on which the boat could be released and he said he would return and release it within a few days. The boat has been advertised for sale for some time and unless redeemed before August 15th it will be sold at auction.
A Fourteen Foot Channel.
Regarding the disputed question as to whether or not there is a fourteen foot channel in the St. Lawrence river between Kingston and Montreal, Capt. Batton says that this season the steamer Orion went down the river drawing fourteen feet three inches and never felt bottom. The steamer Arabian also made the passage drawing fourteen feet two inches. During the earlier part of the season there is no questioning the fact that boats drawing fourteen feet and over can safely make the trip, but later on, especially if the weather has been hot with little rain the water is apt to decrease slightly. But there is no danger at any time of taking down boats loaded to fourteen feet. Capt. Chestnut, of St. Catharines, has taken down many boats this season that draught and is willing to do so at any time. The great trouble with many pilots is that when passing shallow spots with deep draught boats they proceed at full steam instead of proceeding slowly.
p.6 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Annie Falconer, Sodus, is at Booth & Co.'s wharf with coal.
The schooner Dominion this afternoon cleared from Garden Island for Fairhaven to load coal for this port.