The schr. W.Y. Emery is being rebuilt at Deseronto.
The str. Varuna is being thoroughly rebuilt at Trenton.
The str. Ella Ross will run this season between Picton and Napanee.
The lake is open opposite the penitentiary and at Nine Mile Point.
Davis' dry dock was pumped out yesterday. The work on it will be completed immediately.
Hall & Co. will run their steambarge Hecla and consort in the Ogdensburg-Chicago line this season.
A new side is being put in the barge Southampton, and other general repairs are being made to the barge.
A new steamyacht, built by Davis for Messrs. Davis & Shurtliffe, of Gananoque, will be ready for service when navigation opens.
The mariners are beginning to talk about vessel property and the prospects of navigation. Every vessel will be ready to sail by April 15th.
Capt. H. Stanton, Picton, awarded the contract for building a five ton cruising cutter yacht for Toronto parties, will proceed with the work at once.
The engine of the steamer D.K. Van Allen is being compounded. Extensive repairs are being made to other parts of the boat. She is being repainted and will look as good as new, when ready to begin work.
A despatch from Port Colborne says the Welland Canal is clear of ice, and much open water can be seen in the lake. Superintendent Ellis thinks that the canal will be opened about April 15th. Last spring it opened on April 23rd.
The Port Hope Times calls A.W. Stevenson, the steward of the steamer Norseman, a "harbinger of spring." Whenever Mr. Stevenson arrives there at this time of year, it can be relied upon that spring has come to stay, and he accordingly received a warm welcome. The Norseman will be put in shape and commence her trips as soon as business worth while offers.
Several days ago the Toronto Globe intimated that the office of inspector of hulls, vacated by Capt. Dick should be filled as "it is time he was at work. It is understood that a favorite old salt from the east will fill Capt. Dick's shoes." Capt. Thomas Donnelly of this city has secured the position, the appointment having been made over two months ago. He will be surprised to know that he is "an old salt." He was seen today and says he is awaiting orders to begin his duties.