South Bay became clear of ice on Thursday, the 4th inst., much earlier than usual.
The Mary Fox, now being rebuilt at Redmond's shipyard, Picton, will come out an almost entirely new vessel.
The schooner Brooklyn, repairing here, has been chartered for the season to carry iron ore from Marquette to Cleveland, at $3.50 per ton.
The schooner Flying Scud, which wintered at Bath, has been purchased by Capt. Ostrander, and will be in sailing trim by the 1st of May.
A daily boat will be run between South Bay and Kingston during the coming season, making daily trips. The enterprise has been tried before.
The Edward Blake repairs will cost $6,000. The steambarge Saxon $600. The schr.
Francis Howard is being rebuilt at a cost of $4,000. All these repairs are being made at Mill Point.
The schr. New Dominion sunk below Cataraqui Bridge for 3 years, and recently raised, is in good condition, but she is to be still further improved before entering the grain business. She is owned by D.O. Bracker, of Port Elgin, and Capt. Starks, of Port Stanley.
It is quite probable that sailing will be general from Chicago to Buffalo early in April, and if the immense fleet of grain carriers on the upper lakes get 3 weeks work out of even the large stocks in Chicago, the best of the season will be put in before the vessels carrying to Kingston can enter an appearance.
Wind Wafts - The petition of Picton in favour of the Murray Canal was presented to the House on Wednesday.