p.4 Gananoque, Nov. 23rd - ...The government supply boat Scout was in these waters yesterday, taking up the government buoys.
CLOSE OF NAVIGATION.
Just a short time now, and matters will be very quiet in marine circles; a great many boats have been laid up and, locally, there will be very little doing, in the course of a few days.
All the coal schooners running out of Kingston are practically laid up. Some have just made their last trip, and are being unloaded, and as soon as the work of unloading is completed, they will go into winter quarters.
This season has been a very busy one in the coal trade. It has also been a good season for the vessels. There were a number of mishaps, but, taken altogether, there was not a great deal of a serious nature. True, there was considerable rough weather at times, which laid the boats up for days at a time, but then, this is all in the life of a sailor.
The big proposition now, in marine circles, will be the placing of all the vessels in shelter for the winter. Then there will be some repair work, of course, something which must be done now, and then in the spring, after receiving another overhauling, the vessel is once more ready to go on its rounds.
The steamer Pellatt is due to pass up today.
The government boat Scout went down the river this morning.
The schooner Ford River arrived from Charlotte with coal for the M.T. Co.
The government boat Reserve arrived from Prescott with a scow, which the steamer Lambton will take on its trip to Port Stanley.
The steamer Dundurn passed down this morning, on her last trip of the season. This practically ends the steady freight traffic with the exception of the Aletha. The large boats only stop occasionally when they have freight to discharge. The Dundurn is the last of the regular boats.
The steamer Panther, reported to have been lost on Lake Michigan, was well known in local marine circles, and was in port just two weeks ago, having lightered a cargo of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s elevator and cleared for Montreal. Two years ago the steamer was here on several occasions discharging grain at Richardson's elevator.
M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Bartlett from Montreal, two light barges, cleared for Port Dalhousie for barge Ungava, loaded with grain for Kingston; steamer Stormount arrived at midnight from Fort William and discharged 75,000 bushels of wheat and cleared light for Fort William; tug Thomson arrived from Montreal, with three light barges, cleared for Montreal with three grain barges.