IN MARINE CIRCLES
Capt. Matthew Patterson has closed a deal for the purchase of the schooner St. Louis, which is owned by Toronto parties. The St. Louis was laid up for the winter at Cobourg. The vessel is well known in this port, having sailed in and out of here for many years.
It is understood that the price paid by Capt. Patterson for the schooner was something less than $3,000.
The schooner St. Louis was one of the last vessels to be laid up last fall. It will be remembered that she was coming across the lake with a cargo of coal for Cobourg, ran into a terrible gale, and the life saving crew had to be sent out to the vessel.
Capt. Patterson owned the schooner Mary Ann Lydon, which was partially destroyed by fire a short time ago. The Lydon was also one of the best known schooners on the lake, having been used in the coal carrying trade for many years. Just what will be done with the old schooner is not known.
The steambarge Navajo has been undergoing some extensive repairs, and is now ready for the season's work.
Work has been commenced on the schooner Ford River. The hatches are to be made larger, and in addition, some other much needed changes will be made.
When will navigation open? This is the question which is now being asked in marine circles, and all the mariners are looking for an early spring. When it comes near to the first day of March they get very anxious to see the blue water again.
WILL WRECK THE SHARPLES
Oswego, N.Y., Feb. 25th - John T. Reid, of Port Huron, a member of the Reid Wrecking company, is registered at the Adams House. Captain Reid is here for the purpose of wrecking the steamer Sharples ashore on Galloup Island Reef. The pumps sent here by the company have been placed aboard the steamer McCormack. The latter is under steam and will go to the wreck, Capt. Reid says, just as quick as the weather will permit. Captain Pratt, of Henderson Harbor, has been out making a survey of the Sharples for the wrecking company. He found that the boat is in good shape, but that she is a mountain of ice. Between the hull and the shore there is a field of ice that permits of walking out to the wreck.
To handle the stranded steamer it will be necessary to remove the ice from the hull. This will be a slow and tedious job, but it is said that it can be done by the use of hot water and petroleum.
Speaking of the wreck Captain Reid said: "There is no question but that we can float the Sharples, and that the ice that is upon the hull can be handled without serious inconvenience. It is our intention to start for the wreck as soon as the weather is favorable. When the Sharples is floated she will be towed to Oswego. I do not believe that the inner skin of the hull has been punctured, and that one pump will easily keep her free while she is being towed to this port."