p.1 Largest Wheat Cargo - Dec. 2nd - The steamer Davidson cleared at Fort William with 322,000 bushels wheat, the largest cargo to leave a Canadian port. Steamer Rosemount cleared for Depot Harbor.
County of Welland - Toronto, Dec. 2nd - Justice Clute, today, held the county of Welland for the sinking of the tug Michael Davitt, in the Welland River, about one year ago. The contractor, Thomas Battle, was instructed by the county warden, to saw off old piles in the river, about four feet below the surface of the water. The tug came along, struck on the piles, and sank. The county was held liable, because of the warden's instructions. A referee will be appointed to decide upon the damages. The tug was owned by M. Auckliffe, R. Grass and Edward Manley.
A Letter Found - in pocket of fireman Thomas Woodgate, frozen to death on steamer Mataafa, a letter from father.
A STEAMER LINE.
Forming A Company At Hamilton.
A number of well-known navigation men of this city are forming a new company, which will operate a line of boats between this city and Montreal next season. The new line will have three boats, and will form an opposition to the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company, which makes this a port of call for its steamers.
The many big industries which have located here during the past few years have increased the shipping trade from this port, both by water and rail, enormously. The water shipments, particularly, have made a big increase, with the result that navigation men have seized the opportunity to run large freighters into this city every week during the season of navigation. They all take out great quantities of freight.
The men who are forming the new company belong to this city, and they are experienced navigation men, and know the possibilities of such a line. The formation of the company is almost complete, and the boats which will be put on the line have been selected. Instead of building new boats, they will purchase three boats suited to the purpose which are now on Lake Michigan. They will be overhauled during the winter and fitted with every convenience to be ready for the opening of navigation. They will make Port Dalhousie a port of call on this side of the lake, and from there will cross to Toronto, and then proceed to Montreal, calling at the regular ports. The boats will have accommodation for about 130 or 150 passengers, and will carry package freight and general merchandise. During the summer months it is intended that they shall cater more particularly to the passenger trade. In the spring and fall passengers will be carried but the business will be chiefly freight then. The line should be a paying concern, as there is a great deal of freight carried between this city and Montreal every year.
The schooner Metzner cleared for Glenora with wheat.
The schooner Maggie L. is stormbound at Emerald.
The S.S. Rosemount is bound from Fort William to Owen Sound.
Captain William Dulmage is laying up the steamer Waterlily in Picton harbor.
The schooner Pilot clears from Richardsons' elevator with corn for Gananoque.
The C.W. Cole, a small supply boat arrived in port yesterday from the Main Ducks.
The steamer Ella Ross, on the Picton-Trenton route, has gone into winter quarters at Deseronto.
The steambarge Navajo arrived at Richardsons' wharf, from Napanee, and will load corn for Cardinal.
The steambarge Hamilton, which has been expected for several days past at Swift's from Charlotte, has not yet arrived.
Richardsons' elevator: steamer Simla and consort Burma arrived this morning. The former is from Toledo with corn, and the latter from Fort William with wheat.
Shipment of grain from the M.T. company elevator here is over. The river barges are being brought up to go into winter quarters. Two tows will arrive when the weather clears.
The propeller Lake Michigan arrived from Hamilton, last night, with iron for the locomotive works and Kingston foundry. As soon as the storm clears, she will leave for Oswego for a cargo of coal for Hamilton.
The steamer Van Allen (Capt. W.E. Vanvlack, Picton), made seventy-three trips from Fairhaven and Charlotte to Toronto during the season, travelling in all 15,500 miles and carrying a total of 30,700 tons of coal.
The steamer Aberdeen was on the lake with a load of coal when the snow storm on Tuesday struck her. She weathered the gale all right, but lost her deck load and was tossed about considerably by the terrific sea. She made South Bay and tied up at Cooper's dock for the night, proceeding to Picton on Wednesday.
ONE OF THE OLDEST.
The History of False Ducks Lighthouse.
The lighthouse on the False Ducks Island, which was destroyed by fire, was the oldest lighthouse in the county. On March 25th, 1828, when Sir John Colborne, one of the officers of the Iron Duke throughout the Peninsular War, and who served at Waterloo, was governor of Upper Canada, the legislature of the province passed an act granting 1,000 Pds. for erecting a "good and sufficient lighthouse on the False Ducks Island, because it would tend greatly to the safety and convenience of navigation on Lake Ontario." Three commissioners were to be appointed by the governor, Sir John Colborne, to erect the lighthouse, and they were to report on or before the 1st of December, 1828. These commissioners were also to report on the tonnage and other duties to be imposed for the maintenance of the lighthouse. This goes back into ancient history when George IV was king, and the days of the old family compact.
A FATAL SEASON
Detroit, Mich., Dec. 2nd - The Journal says 149 lives have been sacrificed, over 70 ships wrecked and a loss of nearly $7,000,000 has been sustained in the three big storms on the great lakes this season. That this is the most disastrous season in history of shipping on the lakes is beyond doubt.
Ship Went Ashore.
Marquette, Mich., Dec. 2nd - The steel steamer Western Star, bound for Fort William to load grain, went ashore, two miles east of Fourteen Mile Point near Ontonagon, after all bearings had been lost in a struggle for hours in a terrific sea. The crew is reported safe.