Had An Arduous Trip.
St. Catharines, Dec. 3rd - The steamer A.D. Davidson, Capt. Sloan, of the Wolvin line, arrived at Port Dalhousie, yesterday, after a hard battle with the elements. A tremendous sea was running all the way up. The steamer was bound from Oswego to Milwaukee with coal. The trip up occupied thirty-three hours, while it is usually made under ordinary circumstances in about twelve. When she arrived at Port Dalhousie she was completely covered with about six inches of ice up as high as the pilot house. The hot water hose had to be used in order to get rid of it before she could enter the lock.
BIG VESSEL ORDERED.
At Detroit By Canada Company.
Detroit, Dec. 3rd - The Inland Navigation company, of Hamilton, has placed an order with the Great Lakes Engineering company, for a big freighter to be ready for delivery on June 1th of next year. The new boat will be 500 feet long, 56 feet beam, 30 feet deep, and will carry nine thousand to nine thousand five hundred tons. She will carry ore from the upper lakes to Point Edward, Ont., for the Hamilton Iron and Steel company, which will use about two hundred thousand tons a year, and also will carry grain from Fort William to Buffalo. Though built by Canadian capital, the new vessel will fly the United States flag. As far as known here, this is the only vessel on the great lakes owned by foreign capital flying the United States flag. While she cannot transport cargoes from one Canadian port to another while under a foreign flag, she can carry from one United States port to a Canadian and vice-versa. The reason for placing the order at a United States shipyard is said to be because of the limited facilities of the Canadian ports for building and repairs, and also because of the fact that if repairs are made on a Canadian vessel at United States yards, which is often desirable, the Canadian government imposes a duty of twenty-five per cent on the repairs.
With shippers at Duluth and Fort William both bidding for tonnage, the Lake Superior grain rate at Cleveland advanced one cent yesterday for tonnage. To unload at Buffalo four cents was paid on wheat by the shippers at the Canadian head of the lakes. Tonnage is in good demand at the head of the lakes and with offerings light the vessellman can pretty nearly boss the job in fixing carrying charges. A number of boats, including two ten-thousand ton steamers were chartered for storage at Fort William at four cents and late in the day a 7,000 ton ship bound up light from Lake Erie was placed for prompt unloading. The managers who have boats were confident that rates will be marked up again before the close. The big steamers Frank H. Peavey, Smith Thompson and Henry W. Oliver are among the boats that have been chartered to go light to the Canadian head of the lakes for grain.
All the Kingston schooners carrying coal have been laid up for the season.
The steamer Prince Rupert is loading grain at Fort William for Richardsons' elevator.
By tomorrow night it is expected that the majority of the M.T. Co.'s vessels will be laid up for the winter. Today the tug Glide arrived from Montreal with three barges, the Bronson, with three barges, the Thomson with two barges and the Mary with two barges.