IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The steamer Toronto passed down to Prescott this morning.
The schooner Clara Youell cleared from Crawford's for Sodus.
The schooner Metzner cleared from Booth's for Sodus to load coal.
Craig's wharf: propellors Persia up and Cuba down yesterday.
The steamers Belleville and Dundurn passed down to Montreal yesterday.
The tug Kate left Richardsons' this morning with grain barges for Montreal.
Tug Milton, from Alexandria Bay, was in port this morning en route up the Rideau.
Steamer Alexandria passed up Saturday just twenty-four hours late. She is expected down on time tonight.
The steamer Castanet had her full limit of passengers on Saturday from Thousand Island points, and a number from Kingston, who wished to go down on her to river resorts had to be refused permission to board. The river boats are becoming frightened of the customs officials, and obey the laws better than in the past.
The government tug Speed is at Crawford's dock and was visited by many citizens yesterday and this morning. The boat is more of pleasure craft than a tug in appearance, being handsomely finished off in every respect and complete in every detail and comfort. She shines with polished brass fixings and smooth deck from stern to stem, and is equipped with all modern conveniences. Her crew is composed of French-Canadians, and needless to say is sufficiently numerous. The boat draws eight feet of water at the bow, which is surmounted by the dominion coat-of-arms. The Speed is conveying the new steel dredge Montague from Toronto, where she was just completed. The dredge will be used in completing harbor facilities down the gulf.
The King Lead The Way.
The steamers North King and Rideau Queen raced for fifteen miles up the river early last evening, but the King overtook the Queen and was at Swift's wharf three-quarters of a mile ahead, gaining about a mile and three-quarters on the run. The little Queen held out well. The King passed the Queen without any recognition, no whistle being sounded. Captain Noonan is wondering why the King did this. His Queen of the Rideau should have been given three toots as the King gradually forged ahead.
Stopped The Steamer.
When the motor boat races of the Thousand Island Yacht Club were in progress down the river on Saturday afternoon, an incident occurred that won the warm appreciation of all interested in the contest that was in progress. Near Round Island the big Canadian steamer Kingston was brought by its captain to a standstill in midstream in order that the racers might not be interrupted by the great swells that the steamer sends out, particularly at the narrow place mentioned. The captain's act was commented upon at all the river resorts.
Busy Rideau Season.
Captain Noonan, of the Rideau Lakes Navigation company, says that this season is without doubt the busiest in the way of tourist travel that the Rideau has ever had. It would have been still better had the late break not occurred at Washburn, causing three weeks' delay in navigation. That break lost scores of United States tourists to the Rideau steamers.
Vessels To Be Built.
If Kingston shipyards will undertake the work, three vessels will be built here during next fall and winter, two vessels for the west and a government tug for the Rideau canal. All three are to be of steel frame work, which is said to be quite easy to put together. No steel frame vessels have yet been built here, but marine men say there is no reason why boat building firms of this city should not undertake such work.
To Arrange Connection.
The company owning the steamer Iroquois, which runs from Lewiston to Alexandria Bay, is likely to make arrangements with the Grand Trunk Railway company, regarding connection at Kingston next season, when an additional steamer will be placed on the route. The Iroquois has been doing a good business this month, and the company is satisfied that the new route is a good one. It desires to get Canadian connection, and Kingston is the place for this.
Lack of state-rooms is this summer bothering steamers making the Montreal trip. Several passengers coming to the city on the propellor Cuba were unable to get accommodation. The steamer Alexandria, for the past few weeks, has been getting her load at Rochester, N.Y., disappointing those at Canadian ports, who would otherwise have taken the trip and, yesterday, the steamer Belleville had her full complement. For the past three Sunday trips down the river on the steamer Kingston those leaving Toronto, Saturday afternoon, have had to make a week's arrangement for berths.
Incidents of the Day - Many passengers on the steamers Varuna and Niagara missed their boats at Kingston this morning. It was rather amusing to see the women running over the hill to the wharf long after the boats had left their moorings.
p.4 Canadian Boat Won - Rochester, Aug. 11th - Canadian challenger Zoraya beat American boat Iroquois in first race for Fisher Cup.
p.8 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Ella Ross, whose regular run is from Trenton to Picton, made the trip from the latter town to Kingston today in the place of the steamer Aletha, which is running an excursion.