Looking After The Many Wrecks.
Capt. Thomas Donnelly, absent all spring, has returned, to spend a few days.
During his absence he surveyed the damages to the steamer Donnacona, at Collingwood, sustained in collision with the steambarge Mai. ? The next to occupy attention was the steamer W.S. Wather, the largest steamer in inland waters, which collided with the Midland Queen. Following came the survey and repairs to the steamer Midland Queen.
He was called to the steamer Huronic, one of the Northern Navigation company's steamers, which stranded in the Soo river as a result of the range lights going out. It was found on examination that the electric light wire had broken. The disaster will cost $25,000. The marine department should see to it that the light-keeper of such important lights should be kept on duty all night, and if electric lights are used, coal oil lamps should be ready as substitutes.
The captain brought the steamer Iroquois, sunk at Sault Ste. Marie, to Depot Harbor, and after the cargo was disposed of, had her put in the dock at Collingwood for large repairs. The last important commission was the raising of the Zeimmerman and docking her at Cleveland. On survey it was found it would cost $60,000 to repair this steamer.
The captain will now remain in his office for a couple of days.
After the examination of candidates for masters and mates, the Kingstonian will go to settle the Erin disaster on the St. Clair river.
Schooner Robert McDonald cleared light for foot of Wolfe Island.
The barge Bella with coal for P. Walsh is unloading at the M.T. company's dock.
The steamer Victoria on the Kingston Foundry marine railway for repairs, left this morning for Gananoque.
The M.T. company's tug Emerson was in the government dry dock, last night, to have a rope taken out of her wheel.
Steamer Alexandria passed up last night. On her down trip she carried a record-breaking spring cargo, including 3,000 boxes cheese.
The steamer North King will make her popular Thousand Island trip tomorrow. After the Caspian starts next Saturday, there will be daily service, except Monday.
Swift's wharf: steamer Hamilton down last night; steamer Picton up tonight; steamer Toronto down and up today; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa tonight.
M.T. company: tug Mary P. Hall and three barges from Montreal; tug Emerson and two barges cleared for Oswego; propellor Fairmount, from Fort William, with wheat, will clear for up the lakes tomorrow.