Insurance went into operation on Saturday.
The Moravia cleared for Collinsby with withes.
The str. Resolute is loading ties for Deseronto.
The Welland Canals, old and new, will be opened on May 7th.
The schr. O. Mowat has received new decks and been generally overhauled.
The new str. Rideau Belle was launched at Davis' shipyard this afternoon.
The steamer Germania and thirty boats for Montreal left Whitehall, N.Y. on Saturday.
The prop. Armenia has been chartered to load barley at Toronto for Ogdensburg.
The schrs. Ida White and Katie Eccles are to load wheat at Frenchman's Bay for Kingston.
The str. Traveller, of Garden Island, is loading withes for Calvin & Son, Garden Island.
Despatches from the Straits and foot of Lake Michigan indicate that navigation is practically open.
The schr. Grantham was expected to clear today for Toledo, there to load square timber for Garden Island.
The schr. Annie Falconer, owned by Capt. Taylor, is lying at Walkerville. She will probably go to Toledo for coal.
The steambarge Niagara has gone to Whitby, where she will take on a part cargo of wheat for Kingston, returning to Toronto to finish.
Twenty-two raftsmen arrived from Coteau Landing this morning. They went to Garden Island where they will be employed by Calvin & Son during the summer.
The schr. H. Dudley arrived this morning from Charlotte where she unloaded her grain. The schr. B.W. Folger is at Charlotte waiting for the ice to shove out so that she can get into Oswego.
The tug E.E. Frost, built by Capt. Carney during the winter, was launched at Oswego on Monday. On going off she struck the water sideways, and listed over so far that it flowed in over the rail, filling and sinking her. She was righted up and a steam pump set to work.
Yesterday the steam yacht High Rock, built by Davis for Mr. Picksford, of Buckingham Lake, was driven to the K. & P.R. station by two of the Shedden teams. Today she was transferred to a K. & P.R. car and taken to Sharbott Lake where she will be placed on a C.P.R. car and carried to Ottawa.
A lightship, stationed at Limekiln Crossing, has been removed. This action has caused no little consternation among vessel men. They demand a lightship as an actual necessity, and point out that in 1883, when the lightship was not at the Limekiln Crossing, four companies alone suffered a loss of $193,000, besides damage caused by detention.
Inter-Ocean: Grain freights are firm, but the demand on 'Change appears to be for cars instead of vessels, as shippers profess to be anxious to get their grain east without delay. Two vessels have been taken, however, the schrs. Maria Martin and Maumee Valley. The first named will load 42,000 bushels of wheat at Milwaukee for Kingston at 5 5/8 cents per bushel, free of canal tolls.
The steamer Hero had a great display of bunting this morning. She took on an immense load of general freight at Swift's wharf, and started on her trip up the Bay of Quinte about midday. This steamer has been thoroughly overhauled, having been repainted and relettered on the outside and repainted inside. Her saloon is fitted out elegantly. New carpets have been laid, and the chandeliers and radiators beautifully bronzed. In the lower panels of the saloon there are French plate glass mirrors, and over the top panels are landscape paintings by noted artists. The dining saloon has received new glassware and crockery, and the machinery has been put in first-class shape. The officers this year are: C.H. Nicholson, captain; S. Cox, steward; N. Bloomfield, mate; R. McColl, engineer; an efficient staff.