The fishing boat of Cape Vincent started out this morning for the first trip.
The steamer Olive will run this season between Montreal and Portland via the Rideau Canal.
The steamer Ruby, owned by Capt. John Camm, of Newboro, will run on the St. Lawrence this summer.
The steamer Pierrepont could not reach Wolfe Island this morning. The ice was too solid beyond Garden Island.
The schooner B.W. Folger has been chartered on p.t. to carry iron ore from Belleville and Port Hope to Fairhaven.
The steamer Nile is receiving new deck and cabins at Westport. Her consort, the Bedford, is undergoing some sundry repairs.
The repairs to the railway esplanade, market battery, have been extensive, and will greatly improve the front of the harbour.
Business promises to be brisk on the Rideau Canal this season. Owing to the good sleighing there was a large amount of wood, logs, and ties placed on the canal banks.
The first charter of a vessel this season in Belleville was made yesterday by Mr. Chas. Dixon, who chartered the schooner J.N. Carter to carry cut stone from Ox Point to Toronto.
The Pierrepont reached Cape Vincent yesterday without any trouble. Capt. Miller reports seeing vast fields of ice on the lake. Should a stiff south wind set in both the Canadian and American channels would be filled up with floe.
Man Overboard - The first vessel accident of the season is reported from the Annie M. Foster, lying at Richardson's wharf. A sailor working on the jib-boom fell off and into the water. He was rescued by men on the tug Champion.
Personal Mention - Capt. Saughrue has been appointed to the command of the steamer Hiram A. Calvin. He was formerly on the Chieftain. The latter steamer will do service on Lake Ontario during the ensuing season.