OPENING THE WELLAND CANAL.
We learn from the St. Catherine's Journal of the 15th inst., that the ice is rotting and disappearing rapidly in several parts of the canal, and that it will be prepared by the first of April for the reception and passing of vessels - a fleet of which is expected by that time, from Oswego and other ports. Great exertions have been made, during the winter, to deepen the rock bottom in the broad Creek branch, so that on the opening of navigation, vessels drawing nine feet water, can pass through without obstruction. The navigation will, at least for the early part of the season, be by the feeder and Port Maitland, as last year; but the works of the harbor and lock at Port Colborne have been very much advanced, and it is expected, that the short and direct line, by Port Colborne, will be available in a few months.
Since the above was in type, we are enabled to give an extract of a letter, received from the Secretary of the Welland Canal, dated,
Welland Canal Office,
St. Catharines, March 12th.
Gentlemen:- I beg to inform you that it is the intention of the Superintendent and the Hon. H.H. Killaly, to have the canal ready for navigation by the 1st of April, and I do not see any reason to suppose (weather excepted,) why it should not be opened by that time. The blasting at the Broad Creek Lock, to give good nine feet water, is finished, and the dredge ready to take out the dam at Dalhousie. The little to be done will be finished, or can be stopped whenever the water is let down. The water in the feeder has been kept in all winter, and the canal is half full, so that two or three days would fill it and the navigation be open.
I remain Gent. your obed't servant,
GEO. PRESCOTT, Secretary, etc.
The ice in the river in front of Prescott is now "clean gone," and the steam ferry boat will ply between Prescott and Ogdensburgh in a few days.