IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The steambarge Lloyd S. Porter, which is now in Belleville harbor with a cargo of coal, had quite an exciting experience while going up the bay on Monday. The vessel was just opposite Northport in Big Bay when there was a sudden jar that shook the boat from stem to stern. There was considerable ice floating, but the captain says it was something more solid than ice that was struck. On examination there was found to be a large hole in the port bow of the vessel, and that the water was pouring in very fast. The captain beached the vessel near Northport, when the injury was repaired and the steamer after being pumped out, was able to proceed on its way to Belleville, and the damage is being permanently repaired. There is quite a lot of ice in the lower part of the bay yet.
Merger of Lake Steamers.
At a meeting in Hamilton, this week, the Inland Navigation company which will embrace nearly all the Canadian freight lines on the lakes, was formed. The shareholders of the companies present decided to make the authorized capital $2,000,000. The board of directors was elected: William Southam, president; R.O. Mackay, vice-president; John Milne, Geo. Lynch Staunton, George Hope, C.S. Band, J.P. Steedman, F.H. Whitton, J.W. Nesbitt, and W.G. Walton.
The companies involved are: Hamilton & Fort William Navigation Co.; New Ontario Steamship Co.; Union Steamship Co.; Winona Steamship Co.; Dunelm Ltd.; Rosedale limited; R.O. & A.B. Mackay; New Ontario Dock & Fuel Co. They control eleven big freighters. Hamilton will be given a regular service to Montreal and the upper lakes. The total bond issue is $508,000 with capital stock of $917,000. The assets are $1,425,000.
Welcomed At Oswego.
Oswego Times: Captain John Doyle brought in the big steamer Windsor from Kingston with flying colors yesterday afternoon. He was carrying the English flag aft and the American flag with the Union Jack underneath at the forepeak. Captain Doyle was warmly welcomed when he reported at the tug office this morning. He is as popular and as pleasant as when in command of the Bothnia and later of the Iroquois.
Being Sharply Criticized.
Ogdensburg Journal: The fact that the channel buoys have not yet been placed in American waters is proving a source of danger to local vessels and the authorities in charge of this work are being sharply criticized for their delay. It is pointed out that navigation began ten days ago and that Canadian buoys were placed in position several days ago.
The sloop Laura D. is unloading pressed hay at the city wharf.
Capt. Coombs and crew of the steamer India have arrived at Garden Island.
Charles Chambers has been appointed first mate on the schooner Kitchen.
The sloop Ariadne went over to Wolfe Island today with building material.
The schooner Keewatin is expected at Swift's wharf today, with coal from Oswego.
The schooners Bertha Kalkins, Jamieson and Kenirving cleared for Oswego today.
The steamer Aletha arrived today from Belleville, and left at three o'clock for Picton.
Extensive repairs are being made to Swift's wharf. Much of the planking is being taken up and new planks are being put in.