The water in the harbour is a foot and a half lower than it was last year.
The steamer Nile and barges are loading timber and lath at Trenton for this city.
Edward Mostyn has been engaged as steward of the steamer Persia. He assumed control yesterday.
While the schr. Grantham was sailing out of the harbor yesterday she struck bottom, but was easily released.
The Calvin company's first raft of the season left for Quebec yesterday in tow of the str. Hiram A. Calvin.
The schr. Herbert Dudley has arrived at Oswego. Capt. Rooney knocked about in the ice for ten days. He is loading coal for Toronto.
The Oswego yacht Cricket will be lengthened eight feet and will have a short sail running "aft" of the stern. The alterations will increase her speed.
Cleared: schr. Grantham, Cleveland, 600 tons of iron ore; prop. Scotia and consort, Deseronto (sic), to load coal for Deseronto; schr. Persia, Deseronto, for repairs.
The schr. W.R. Taylor, Capt. James Dix, has been chartered to load iron ore for Cleveland. She brings timber back from Bay City, Michigan.
Tomorrow evening the str. Olive will leave Smith's Falls for Montreal, commencing her regular trips between Montreal and Kingston.
The steam barge Ohio, with corn, worked her way through the ice and has reached Ogdensburg. She is the first through the canal for that port the present season.
The schr. Delaware arrived at Oswego on Monday by way of Simcoe and Nine Mile Point. She found plenty of ice, but it was broken and the schooner got through easily.
Captain C. Hinckley, sr., Cape Vincent, is authority for the statement that in 1848 ice in Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence river prevented vessels from running until June 3rd.
Preparations are being made at Ogdensburg to take out and put together the C.P.R. new steel steamer, recently launched on the Clyde and which will have to be brought up the St. Lawrence in two parts.
Excitement runs high in Oswego about the proposed match between the Madge and the Merle. Capt. Ames, owner of the latter, is willing to try conclusions and the owners of the Madge are also ready, the contest can probably be arranged.
The schr. White Oak, lying at the foot of Princess St., has been repainted black with white trimmings. She has been recaulked and her interior improved. She looks as well at the present time as when she was launched. Her owner, Capt. Joseph Dix, expects a good season.
Tomorrow morning at eight o'clock the steamer Rideau Belle will start on her first trips this season down the Rideau river. She looks well. She has received a thorough overhauling, having been repainted inside and outside. Her officers are: Capt. J.N. Fleming, John Paynter, engineer; D. Noonan, purser.