IN MARINE CIRCLES.
Thousand Island Traffic Is Large.
The Thousand Islands' season is now nearing its height, August being the greatest month of the summer for travel on the river. So far the boats of the Thousand Island Steamboat company have had heavier traffic than last year, which was considered a good season. Further, the company's traffic rates are higher than last season, and naturally so, in view of the increased price of everything else, so that the receipts are much larger. The expectation is that August will be a record month, probably the greatest in the history of traffic to the islands. All the excursion boats seem to be doing well, notwithstanding the the keen competition. The cut in rates naturally increases the excursion travel. The Folger boats, while catering to the excursion trade, which they largely control, are not dependent upon it. They are run in connection with the New York Central railway's trains, whose tourists they convey to all river points.
The rivalry between the Folger and the Visger boats is keener than ever. It is not of a season's creation, but had its origin years ago, and it gets stronger as the seasons go by. Both seem to thrive under it, however, and through it excitement is provided for the people who go on the island rambles. The boats have interesting little brushes, and there is always a race for first docking as the various landings are approached. Yesterday afternoon, the steamer Castanet, of the Visger line, and the steamer New Island Wanderer, of the Folger line, raced from point to point, from Alexandria Bay to Clayton, but the Wanderer was too much for her rival. In fact, she is the fastest of the traffic and excursion boats on the river, and when Capt. Hudson and the chief engineer are challenged, extra steam is put on - just enough to make the Wanderer show her heels. The steamers sometimes run very close together, causing a thrill to the timid.
Outward Shipments Heavy.
Steamboat men report the outward shipment of freight from this port to be unusually heavy for the summer. The inward freight, however, is slack. Last night the steamer Hamilton, on her downward trip, was delayed at Swift's wharf fully three hours, loading her cargo. She had on board a big crowd of tourists.
R. & O. Boats Custom.
The steamer Hamilton steamed into port yesterday afternoon with all flags flying and many citizens inquiring if the colors were of special significance. The usual custom with boats, is to float to the breeze their bunting, only on marked days, when an excursion is on board or a distinguished passenger. The captain was asked and smiled as he replied: "Why it is only a custom on the R. & O. boats, to put up our flags during the summer."
Demand A Like Privilege.
The Canadian gasoline launch owers on the river, from Gananoque to Brockville, are agitating for an amendment to the Canadian law, whereby small launches on this side may be allowed to carry passengers on the same terms as accorded by the United States law. The latter allows permits to be given all gasoline launches to carry passengers so long as it is shown that the party in charge of the launch is capable of handling it. The Canadian law requires that all gasoline launches be inspected, the same as other boats, and that they be in charge of a crew of at least two. United States launches can carry passengers with but one man in charge. The Canadian law is the safer in the interests of the travelling public, and it is scarcely likely that the Canadian government will make as loose a law as prevails on the other side of the line. The safety of the people has to be provided for before the pockets of owners of small boats or launches.
Steamyacht Wisseau went on Davis' dry dock, this morning, for minor repairs.
The steamer Business went on the government dry dock, yesterday, and is expected to clear, today, down the river.
The steamer Rideau King left this morning for Ottawa. Steamer Rideau Queen is due from the capital today.
M.T. company: tug Jessie Hall and three light barges from Montreal, clearing again for the same port with three grain-laden barges.
The steam yacht Columbia with a pleasure party from Clayton was in port this morning. She proceeded to the Brothers, where a fish will be enjoyed for a few days.
The steamer Kingston, on her trip down the river this morning, carried nearly six hundred passengers, one of the largest crowds of the season. Many intended staying off at Alexandria Bay, for a holiday. The steamer Caspian was also well patronized today.