IN MARINE CIRCLES.
Storm bound for two weeks. Such is the position of five local coal carriers. For the past two weeks, the schooners Kitchen, Major Ferry, Charley Marshall, St. Louis and Horace Taber have been held at Oswego on account of the rough weather.
This is rather an unusual length of time for a vessel to be tied up, and as it is now near the end of the season, when the captains endeavor to get in all the trips they can, before the final "wind up" it makes a great deal of trouble.
The tug Florence cleared for Oswego with the barge Katie H., loaded with pulpwood.
The schooner Julia B. Merrill cleared from Belleville, last night, for Oswego, to load coal for P. Walsh, Kingston.
The tug Edmund and barge Columbia cleared for Clayton with lumber.
The schooner Ford River, unloading coal at the M.T. Co.'s wharf, will probably clear for her last trip across the lake, tomorrow night. During the season the schooner, under the able guidance of Capt. C. Daryeau, has made 67 trips across the lake, holding the record for vessels of her class. The Ford River has no steam but she manages to make some speed. She is one of the fastest schooners on the lake.
The steambarge John Randall is at Richardsons' elevator, loading grain for Washburn.
M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Emerson cleared for Montreal, with three barges; tug Mary cleared for Montreal with two grain-laden barges; steamer Glenmount cleared for Fort William; steamer Acadian arrived from Fort William, discharged 77,000 bushels of wheat into barges, and cleared light for Hamilton.
Capt. Johnston, Montreal, mechanical superintendent of the R. & O. N. Co., is in the city making arrangements for the docking of the steamer Belleville.
The steamer Belleville dropped anchor at Swift's wharf, this morning, and after coaling proceeded to the Kingston dry-dock, where she will be examined as to the amount of damage done when she ran aground near Deseronto last Friday.
The barge Aberdeen is at the Cereal elevator and will load wheat for Quebec.
The barge Frank D. Ewen is loading oats at the Cereal works and will clear for Quebec as soon as cargo is shipped.
ON RIDEAU CANAL
At the meeting of the board of trade, held on Tuesday evening, a resolution was passed by an unanimous vote, moved by Francis King, and seconded by R.J. Carson, asking that the Dominion government take prompt measures to investigate the possibilities of maintaining the water levels in the Rideau canal, and without delay, carry out reasonable and practicable plans, as may be reported, for the preservation and improvement of this important waterway.
Copies of the resolution will be sent to Hon. G.P. Graham, minister of railways and canals, and to the member for Kingston, Hon. William Harty.
In addition, Messrs. Francis King, H.W. Richardson and J.S.R. McCann were appointed to join the deputation which will wait on the minister of railways and canals on December 8th, in Ottawa, to urge the claims of this route, for better protection and improvement.
The resolution passed by the board points out that the Rideau canal is a waterway of great practical utility, not only to local interests in the territory, but also to freight and passenger traffic, extending in each direction between St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario ports, and the districts reached by the Ottawa river.
By reason of an insufficient water supply navigation has been from time to time closed in the canal, thereby injuring trade. Investigation has shown that a plentiful supply of water can be maintained at all times, by the erection and operation of controlling dams to maintain the levels of certain lakes, which now empty their waters into this canal, and by other slight improvements of certain points in the system, the board asks that the waterway be preserved, and so far as possible improved.
Those who spoke on the resolution were: Francis King, John Donnelly and R.J. Carson.