A BARGE SUNK
Amherstburg, May 13th - The steambarge Byron Whitaker was sunk in the Detroit river, opposite Amherstburg, at nine o'clock last night, by collision with the steamer John C. Gault. The Whitaker sank immediately a little west of the channel, partly blocking navigation. Her crew was picked up by the tug General, which put out from here.
A coincidence of the sinking of the Whitaker is that Byron Whitaker, her owner, died in Detroit on Sunday, only a few hours previous to the accident. Mr. Whitaker was born near Buffalo seventy-six years ago, and came to Detroit in 1860, and had been a vessel owner since 1867. The Gault, also owned in Detroit, was apparently uninjured and proceeded up the river.
The schooner Clara Youell has arrived at Crawford's from Oswego, with coal.
The sloop Laura D. has arrived from Wolfe Island with a cargo of oats for Richardsons'.
The schooner Voges passed down on her way from Oswego to Gananoque, with coal, today.
The steamer North King, which is now being painted, will go on the dry dock in the course of a few days.
Folger's: The steamer Alexandria is expected down tonight; there is a large cargo of freight on hand for Montreal and intermediate ports; schooner Metzner will arrive from Sodus with soft coal.
Swift's: The steamer Hamilton down Saturday; the steamer Dundurn down from Hamilton, with a few passengers and a cargo of freight; the steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa; schooner Keewatin from Charlotte, unloaded soft coal; the steamer Belleville up today; the steamer H.M. Pellatt down.
M.T. Co.: The steamer Neebing has arrived from Fort William with 65,000 bushels of wheat; the steamer W.B. Morley, from Duluth, with 61,000 bushels of wheat; barge Ungava, from Fort William, with 115,310 bushels of oats; steamer Rosemount and barge Hamilton, from Fort William, loaded with wheat, cleared for Prescott, after lightening cargo; the steamer Turret Chief arrived from Fort William with 70,000 bushels of wheat; the tug Emerson arrived from Charlotte with two coal barges; the tug Mary P. Hall arrived from Montreal with six light barges; the steamer Neebing cleared for Fort William; the tug Emerson cleared for Montreal with four grain barges; the tug Mary P. Hall cleared for Montreal with four grain barges; the steamer Morley cleared for Duluth.
p.4 Picton, May 13th - The sloop Granger cleared, Saturday, light, for Kingston, having unloaded a cargo of building stone. The steamer Niagara, of the Lake Ontario and Quebec Navigation company, has been chartered for the season, by the Hamilton Steamboat company. She will run between Toronto and Hamilton, and be in charge of Capt. Timothy Sullivan. There is a good opening for a small steamer, suitable for day excursions on the Bay of Quinte, this year.
p.7 The Lease Is Signed - Cobourg, May 13th - The lease between the town of Cobourg and the G.T.R. has been signed by the mayor and returned to Montreal, thus concluding negotiations which have extended over several months regarding the entrance of the G.T.R. ferry here. The annual rental paid the town is $2,500, in two equal payments, June and December. The lease is for twenty-five years, with privilege of renewal.
p.8 Late Marine Notes - The schooner Maggie L. from bay ports is unloading oats at Richardsons'.
The schooner Suffel, from Oswego, is unloading coal at the K. & P.R. wharf.
Swept By Fire - Detroit, May 13th - The magnificent new passenger steamer, City of Cleveland, under construction at the plant of the Detroit Shipbuilding company, for the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation company, was swept by fire, early today, and is a total loss, except her hull and machinery. The loss will fall upon the Detroit Shipbuilding company, a branch of the American Shipbuilding company, and is about $700,000 and is fairly well covered by insurance. Incendiarism is suspected. The vessel was 444 feet long and designed to carry forty-five hundred passengers, with sleeping accommodation for fifteen hundred.