IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The local dry-docks have had few vessels during the past few weeks.
Tug (sic) Mary Louise is at the locomotive works' wharf with brick from Washburn.
The schooner Marshall is at the penitentiary wharf, loading stone for Toronto.
The sloop Maggie L. arrived at Richardsons' elevator, with grain from bay ports.
The schooner Major Ferry arrived from Oswego and is unloading at Crawford's wharf.
Grain shipments from the west are very slow, and the steamers have difficulty in getting cargoes.
The steamer Seguin passed down; steamer Kenora up; steamer Tagona up, and the steamer Arabian down.
Swift's wharf: steamers Belleville due down tonight; Dundurn due up tonight; Aletha down and up today; City of Montreal due up today.
The steamer New Island Wanderer may enter Davis' dry-dock for the winter, and be partially rebuilt. The Thousand Island Steamboat company is considering the matter.
M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Edmonton from Fort William, discharging 80,000 bushels of wheat and barley; steamer Stormount from Fort William with grain, is due this afternoon; tug Bartlett from Montreal, three light barges, cleared for Ashtabula.
POOR DEMAND FOR TONNAGE.
Fort William, Ont., Oct. 19th - If the demand for export grain does not strengthen during the next few days, dozens of Canadian and American vessels will be tied up for the winter or until the demand for tonnage improves. Where during many former years at this time two cents a bushel to Buffalo was freely offered, and the rate late in the season was three cents a bushel, only one cent is offered between Buffalo and Montreal, and several contracts were made at seven-eighths of a cent a bushel, the lowest on record. Canadian vessel men in port, today, say their lines do not care for cargoes at that price, especially in the fall. Already they say a number of boats are being held in the east, pending an improved export movement. An unusually early closing is anticipated in view of the fact that the prospective grain dates will hardly warrant the extremely high insurance, demanded in December by underwriters. American captains predict a pronounced slump in the ore movement early next month, and that part of the Canadian west dependent on Cleveland and Buffalo coal should be well supplied by the middle of next month.