BIG RUSH OF GRAIN
Up till Friday, when the steamer Fordonian discharged at the grain elevator of the Montreal Transportation company, the grain handled by this elevator, since the opening of navigation, was estimated at 6,000,000 bushels.
With three good months yet to run, the grain rush promises to be a record one. This amount only included the grain taken in at the elevator, and does not, of course, include the large amount of grain which came down from Fort William and sent on to Montreal.
The weather thus far this season has been ideal for the shipment of grain, and no serious accidents have occurred.
Movement of Vessels.
The schooner Abbie L. Andrews cleared on Friday for Oswego.
M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Turret Chief, from Fort William, is discharging 53,000 bushels of flax seed and 21,000 bushels of barley; steamer Fordonian from Fort William is discharing full cargo of flax seed; tug Bartlett cleared with the barges Hamilton and Selkirk, for Port Colborne, to load grain.
From early Sunday morning until Wednesday afternoon the big wooden freighter Nicaraqua, coal laden, and bound from Ogdensburg to Montreal, was anchored beside one of the islands at Morrisburg. The blade of her rudder broke when she was coming through the Rapide du Plat, and before anchoring the vessel had a narrow escape from striking one of the most dangerous shoals in the river. The rudder was taken to Ogdensburg for repairs.
The barge Quebec, in tow of the tug Bartlett, went ashore near Alexandria Bay, Thursday, about midnight. The barge was loaded with grain for Montreal. The Calvin Company were notified and sent the steamer Cornwall to the scene of the accident.
At Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto passed up and down Friday. When landing at the wharf on Friday morning, the steamer had the misfortune to break two of her fenders and also a heaving line. The wind was blowing on the wharf, which caused the steamer to bang so hard.
The steamer Majestic passed up this morning at 1:30 o'clock.
The steamer Caspian was down from bay ports.
The steamer Rochester called on her trip down.
The steamer Rideau Queen is due from Ottawa this evening.
The schooner Arthurs is unloading coal at the wharf from Oswego.
p.7 Incidents of the Day - The Thousand Island branch of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company has discontinued the daily steamer service between this place and Gananoque. The Sunday service is to be run as before.
p.9 To Clean Up Great Lakes - photo of launch of dredge at Collingwood Shipbuilding Co. for Dominion government; to clean up channels, remove obstructions.