p.2 Navigation - river is entirely open to navigation. [Brockville Recorder]
Opening of Navigation - The Harbour and Bay are yet locked up with ice but a little more of the late mild weather with an easterly gale may break it up. We learn that the Gore steamer will open the regular communication to Rochester on Thursday, and that her place on the route to Wellington Square will be occupied by the Eclipse. There has been some apprehension that the Western steamers might not be able to get to Port Hamilton, the Burlington Canal being now in progress of enlargement, but we learn that the obstructions will be removed in a few days. This canal when completed will be about 3000 feet long, 150 wude, and 12 feet deep, and will thus afford a passage for the largest class of vessels. [Examiner]
Opening of the Welland Canal - Early Navigation - The thorough repair which the old line of the Canal has undergone this winter has approached so near completiion, under the efficient management of the Chief Engineer, Mr. Power, that he has resolved to commence letting in the water on the 21st instant; and we are authorised to say, that the entire line of the Canal will be in a perfect state of readiness to admit the passage of vessels on the 1st day of April. Gravelly Bay is now entirely clear of ice, and as there is little or none in the upper harbors or lakes, any bstruction to navigation from this source need not be apprahended. The prospect of an increased trade this season is very encouraging, as our millers are now paying eight shillings and six pence, New York currency, per bushel for wheat; and it is confidently anticipated that the Welland Canal will, this year, do what our neighbors term a "smashing business."
[St. Catharine's Journal]