IN MARINE CIRCLES.
Lack Of Fire Protection In Portsmouth.
It is to be hoped that the Portsmouth council will succeed in its endeavor to have either the steamer Kingston or Toronto go into quarters in its one little harbor, otherwise known as Hatter's Bay, which is an excellent place for a vessel. The only objection hitherto raised has been that of insurance and fire protection. Portsmouth cannot give this protection, and the bay is outside the limits of Kingston. To secure the attention of the Kingston fire department, special arrangement would have to be made with the city council. Some years ago, when the late C.F. Gildersleeve was general manager of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company, he planned to quarter a couple of the company's steamers at Portsmouth, but was confronted with the fire and insurance question. Without adequate fire protection, the insurance companies might cancel the risk or demand a very heavy premium. To reach Portsmouth the city fire department would have to travel two miles and then there would be no hydrants to connect with. The reason the steamer North King and Caspian do not go into quarters in Portsmouth harbor is for the above mentioned reason. The steamboats today are too costly to risk in a place unprotected from fire.
Should Be Removed.
Some time ago attention was directed to the marine graveyard below Cataraqui bridge as being anything but ornamental to the city water front, and surprise was expressed that the harbor master did not order the hulks removed. Probably, if requested by the city council, which has jurisdiction over the harbor, he would. The hulks lying on shore, however, are not so dangerous as a few sunken vessels out in the centre of the stream. Some of these vessels have been shifted by the dredge which has been at work in the vicinity, and owners of small yachts say they are decidedly dangerous. Any yacht is liable to get into trouble if it gets too close. The sunken vessels are just a little below the surface of the water and cannot easily be seen. They are a menace to small boats, and should be removed.
Rideau Water Very Low.
The water in portions of the Rideau is so low this month that traffic between Kingston and Ottawa by steamer will cease at the end of this week. A week ago, the steamer Rideau King ran aground, and it is found unsafe to run the steamer any longer, so she will go into quarters on Saturday night on arriving from Ottawa. The water is particularly low in Newboro and Poomalee (sic) cuts, and efforts will be made to have the department of marine deepen these places. The Rideau steamers cease running six weeks earlier than usual this season. It is likely that a light-draught steambarge will be secured for freight purposes.
To Add False Sides.
The ferry steamer Wolfe Islander is to have false sides added to her. She will enter Davis' dry dock at the end of the month. The cost of the additions will be about $2,000. The Wolfe Island council has decided that it will more than pay to spend this amount of money upon their ferry boat. At present the Wolfe Islander carries only 175 people. When stiffened up with false sides she will be allowed to carry 300, so it can easily be seen that there will be money made out of the investment as the boat will then be able to carry large excursion and picnic parties. During the time that the Wolfe Islander will be in dock her ferry will be taken by the steamer Missisquoi.
Accident To Steamer.
The large steel steamer Corona, of the Canadian freight line, was severely damaged in the Lachine canal, opposite the sugar factory, yesterday. The steamer was turning in the canal, when her stern came in contact with the stone work, breaking her shoe and carrying away her rudder post. The cargo of sugar was unloaded again at the factory and the boat will enter the Montreal dry dock for repairs. The repair job will be a long and tedious one.
The schooner Acacia is at Crawford's, with coal from Oswego.
The barge Klondyke, in tow of the tug Nellie Reid, left for Montreal today, after loading grain at Richardsons'.
The Davis company have received the contract from Mr. Collier, of Picton, to build a 100 foot passenger steamer for Bay of Quinte traffic.
Swift's: Steamer Toronto down and up today; steamer Hamilton up tonight; schooner Clara from Sodus with coal; steamer Aletha from bay points.
George W. Davis, of New York, who summers at Collins Bay, has decided to rebuild his sailing yacht Wavecrest. He will spend $3,000 upon her. The work will be done at Collins Bay.
The schooner Lizzie Metzner was sold a few days ago, and today was handed over to her new owners. The boat was owned by Capt. Henry Daryou (Daryaw). and was sold by him to Capt. William Lobb, South Bay, who will sail her the remainder of the season. Capt. Lobb was formerly owner of the ill-fated Highland Beauty, lost near Cape Vincent a few years ago.
M.T. Co.: tug Glide, from Montreal, with two light barges and cleared for the same port with three grain-laden barges; tug Mary P. Hall from Montreal with three light barges, and cleared for Charlotte with two coal barges; steamer Westmount and consort Niagara reported at the canal on their way from Fort William.