p.3 Wind Wafts - Lake Ontario was clear of ice on the 6th of March - the earliest opening of navigation in these waters on record.
The duty on the first load of freight which the Pierrepont carried to Cape Vincent this season amounted to $1,500.
The Oswego Tug Association has organized for 1880. John N. Collins was elected President and J.K. Post Secretary. All the tug owners have joined the Association except W.D. Stevens, who says he will run independent of the Association.
The Armstrong left Brockville yesterday afternoon with the sch. Brooklyn in tow for Kingston, where the latter vessel will be repaired.
The schr. J. Maria Scott is loaded with 25,000 bushels of corn at Milwaukee for Buffalo at 6 3/4 cents, or Kingston at 10 1/2 cents, shippers option, canal to be open.
Four vessels have loaded ice at Dead Man's Bay. They have been very fortunate in getting ice about 10" thick, exceedingly clear and compact.
The prop Indian lying at Garden Island, has been sold to Messrs. Gilmour, of Trenton, for $1,800. She is one of the oldest crafts navigating the lakes.
Garden Island Concert - more details.
Canal Towing - The use of steam power on the New York canals will soon be an accomplished fact. The New York Steam Cable Towing Company will have a number of cable boats ready by the opening of navigation. The cable system will be in operation along the entire route between Buffalo and Troy by the 1st of July.
Welland Canal - "The Welland Canal will not open for loaded vessels until May." was the report received here this morning. In consequence thereof vessel owners and shippers who have ice cargoes are growling. To keep the ice so long in the vessel will impair its quality.