p.1 Welland Canal Open - We have been favored with the following highly important intelligence from the Hon. Wm. H. Merritt, a Director of the Welland Canal Company, to Messrs. Bronson & Crocker, forwarding merchants of this village.
Welland Canal Office,
St. Catharines, April 2nd, 1838.
Messrs. Bronson & Crocker,
Gentlemen, - Your favor was this day received and I have much satisfaction in stating that the Canal is at this moment opened - the ice above Gravelly Bay is quite clear, and you may rely on no interruption whatever in the navigation.
Wm. HAMILTON MERRITT.
p.2 Among the passengers by the Sir Robert Peel steamer, arrived this morning from Prescott, are Capt. Sandom, R.N., Lieut. Duffill, R.N., and Mr. Thomas, R.N. These gentlemen have taken up their quarters at "Macdonald's." [Chronicle]
p.3 Kingston Dock Yard - This Naval Depot will soon assume some shape and bearing. Three officers of the British Marine have arrived to take charge, and great doings are anticipated. Tant mieux.
Old Kingston Forever - If what we hear is true, several of the most influential River Forwarders are about removing to Kingston, bag and baggage. Messrs. H. & S. Jones are said to have rented Mr. Strange's Wharf; and it is rumoured, but we by no means vouch for the authenticity of the rumour, that the River Forwarders have made a proposition to the Ottawa and Rideau Company, to have their barges towed through the private lock at the St. Ann's Rapids, and through the Rideau Canal, by the Company's Steamboats. All this must lead to the Aggrandizement of our good town.
The Hon. John Hamilton's chartered steam boat, the Commodore Barrie, Capt. Patterson, is performing her two weekly trips between Kingston and Toronto regularly. The Kingston and Sir James Kempt are also running regularly between Prescott and the head of the Bay.
The Steamer Sir Robert Peel came down from Brockville on Tuesday last . . . [Prescott Sentinel]
OTTAWA AND RIDEAU FORWARDING COMPANY.
April 18th - The barge Jane left Kingston for Montreal, being the first boat sent below this season (consignees listed.)
April 25th - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond, for Bytown and Grenville via the Rideau Canal.
The other steamers will follow the Cataraqui in regular succession.