VESSEL WAS ON FIRE
Blaze Started In Hold Of Schooner McDonald.
The discovery was made, this morning, that a fire had started in the hold of the schooner Robert McDonald, which is laid up for the winter at Richardsons' slip. As to when the fire started is a mystery. The discovery was made, this morning, by some men, who had occasion to go on board the vessel. Only slight damage was done, and the cause of the fire is another mystery. Men have been engaged in their work, near the schooner, every day, and they were not aware of any fire on the vessel. The fire evidently started in the night, but in some unaccountable manner, burned itself out. A big blaze in the schooner might have been the cause of a serious fire, as it is lying close to Richardsons' elevator, along with a number of other vessels. It was indeed lucky that the fire did not continue its course.
The schooner Robert McDonald has a capacity for carrying 4,000 bushels of grain, and had a very busy season. On her last trip she was blocked in the ice on the Napanee river, and on that account was released by the steamer Pierrepont.
To Undergo Repairs - There are repairs of some sort to be made to nearly all the vessels laid up at Kingston for the winter. Some are now under way, but work on some of the others will be commenced in the next few weeks. The steambarge Navajo will have her boilers overhauled, and general repairs will be made to the schooners Acacia, Suffel and Metzner.