p.2 The Harbour Clear - As we anticipated in yesterday's Whig, the harbor is now entirely clear of ice, and the proprietors of the several lines of steamers are bestirring themselves with a will. The steamer New Era, Capt. Maxwell, as will be seen by advertisement, leaves tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock for Prescott and Ogdensburgh.
The Harbour Open - The Steamer America, under the command of Captain Harrison, was the first to make her way into port, and afford our shippers tangible proof that the business season is at hand. She arrived on Saturday, and on Monday her trips were changed. She now leaves Hamilton in the morning, and Toronto in the afternoon.
The steamer Rochester has been detained by the accident mentioned in our last issue, but is advertised to start for Lewiston on Monday next.
The Magnet, which has been entirely repainted, and has been rendered more comfortable and commodious by a saloon and state rooms on the promenade deck, is ready for sea, and will start so soon as our Kingston neighbors give notice that they are prepared for a visit. The ice still holds firm at the other end of the lake.
Now that our forwarders, wharfingers, and steamers and schooners, are on the eve of commencing operations, we shall endeavor, for information of readers at a distance, to obtain definite information, both as to the preparations for business and the prospects for the season.
[Hamilton Spectator, March 24th]
From the Buffalo Journal of Commerce we learn that shippers at Chicago are now chartering vessels for two trips each to Buffalo, at 6 cents for corn and 7 cents for wheat, and that freights will be much higher this season than usual. The amount of corn which will be prepared for shipment at that port by the 1st June, is estimated at 1,500,000 bushels. This certainly is beginning well, and affords a fair prospect of an excellent business being transacted by that branch of trade. [Niagara Chronicle]
Will leave the Commercial Wharf, at 10 o'clock, on Wednesday forenoon, the 2nd April, for Prescott and Ogdensburgh, and return the following day.
Kingston, 31st March, 1851.
The Royal Mail Steamer
Capt. James Dick.
Will leave Kingston for Toronto and Hamilton, calling at intermediate ports, weather permitting, on Thursday the 3rd day of April.
Kingston, March 31st, 1851.