p.2 Future Trade of the St. Lawrence - a proposal to use Lake vessels on coast during winter.
p.3 Burlington Bay is now clear of ice. The steamer Eclipse, Captain John Gordon, made her first regular trip for the season, from Hamilton to Toronto, yesterday morning, and returned to Hamilton in the afternoon. The Royal Mail line of steamers are being got ready for the summer business. The City of Toronto crosses to Niagara this forenoon, preparatory to entering upon her regular trips between Toronto and Kingston and intermediate ports on Lake Ontario. [British Colonist, April. 13th]
The Weather - ....The ice is leaving the harbor rapidly, but so much is descending from the Bay of Quinte and passing down the St. Lawrence, as still to impede navigation. By Sunday or Monday at farthest, the ice will be all out, and then the opening of navigation may be proclaimed in reality. The 16th day of April is a very late date for the commencement of the Spring Business in Kingston Harbor. Several Schooners have left the harbor for the head of the lake; and several others have arrived from various ports. This morning, the first steamer of the season made her appearance, the Transit, belonging to Messrs. Brown, Brothers & Co., from Toronto, with produce; and she is to be followed immediately by the Line of Lake Mail Steamers.
Steamers For Montreal - The Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Maxwell, is all ready to leave on her first trip downwards, Tomorrow, Saturday morning, on a Trial Trip, to return on Monday. As it is doubtful whether the Cornwall Canal is in operation, or whether the ice is out of Lake St. Francis, the H.G. will only proceed as far as Dickenson's Landing. The Canada, Capt. Lawless, will be prepared to follow the Henry Gildersleeve, on Monday Morning, at which time the regular trips of the boats will be commenced, as per advertisement in today's Whig. The Highlander, Capt. Stearns, will join the Line as soon as the Cornwall Canal opens; and the new Iron Steamer, Passport, Capt. Bowen, will complete the Line, the moment she is ready for duty.
The Public are informed that the
MONTREAL AND KINGSTON
MAIL LINE OF STEAMERS
Will commence plying daily, from this Port to Dickenson's Landing, until further notice, on Monday the 19th instant, leaving Kingston at 7 a.m.
Office of the Montreal & Kingston Mail Company, Commercial Wharf.
Kingston, 16th April, 1848.