Passenger Boats Had A Very Good Season.
With the tourist traffic now at an end, and some of the passenger boats laid up for the winter, business in the marine line has commenced to show a falling off, and to remind one that the summer is at an end, and that another long winter is near at hand.
That the tourist trade has been a great success, goes without saying. It has been regarded by the different companies as a fine season. The river traffic was very happy, and the number of excursions exceeded that of last year.
"No reason to complain at all," said one interested to the Whig. "We had a good season, the weather was fine, and everybody appeared pleased with the service."
The steamer Caspian has been laid up for the season, and the steamer St. Lawrence, of the Folger fleet, has also gone into winter quarters. These two boats had a big season. It will be some time before the steamer Alexandria will be laid up, as she runs very late into the season. On this line the traffic was the heaviest in many years, both as regards passengers and freight. Some Kingstonians have good reason to know this, as they have had to wait for a passage to Montreal and Quebec. Nearly every night the boat would arrive in Kingston, on the down trip, every berth would be taken. The trip to Quebec is one of the most popular of all the water trips. It has now been definitely announced that there will be two boats on this route for next season, and this will put the company in a far better shape, and tourists will get a better service. This steamer does an enormous amount of business in the line of freight. Every Friday night, when the vessel arrives from Quebec and Montreal, she had on board a large batch of freight for Kingston merchants.
IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The steamer Dunellum (sic - Dunelm) passed down on Tuesday.
M.T. Co.'s tug Hector is being caulked at the Kingston dry dock.
The barge Thrush is at Richardsons' elevator loading grain for Montreal.
The schooner Keewatin is at Davis' drydock, undergoing some repairs.
The steambarge Navajo, loading grain at Richardson's elevator, cleared for Montreal.
The steamer City of New York passed up on her way to Gananoque with a cargo of iron from Cleveland.
M.T. Co.: tug Emerson cleared for Montreal with three coal barges; steamer Kinmount cleared for Ashtabula, to load coal for Fort William.
Swift's: steamers Kingston and Aletha down and up today; steamer Rideau King up from Ottawa this afternoon; steamer Belleville down today; steamer Dundurn up today.
Keel blocks have been laid at the Kingston Shipbuilding company's dry dock for the government quarantine boat and work will commence at once. About fifty men are employed there now and as soon as the boat is started the force will be increased considerably. Tracks are being laid all over the yard for convenience of handling material. The men are kept busy all the time as there has hardly been a day that the dock has been empty and part of the time the men have been working over time.