The schr. Eliza White has arrived with 223 tons of soft coal from Charlotte.
The first arrivals of boats at Duluth from the lower lakes is expected on April 18th.
The steamer Rosedale will be fitted up for the lumber trade in the northern lakes.
The schr. H. Dudley arrived today from Cobourg. She will load ties for Charlotte.
Capt. Murney Ackerman has sold his interest in the Nellie Hunter to G.C. Curry.
The str. D.D. Calvin and tow will clear for Toledo next week to load timber for Garden Island.
The schr. Acacia has received a new mainmast at Toronto. She will load barley next week at a Lake Erie port.
The schr. Speedwell will engage in the lumber traffic on the upper lakes. Capt. John Williams will boss the tiller.
Capt. Patterson, Kingston, has reached Winnipeg and is fitting out the str. Antelope. A change will be made in the manner of propelling the boat. Instead of having a large paddle wheel at the stern, this will be taken away and two wheels placed on the side.
The Montreal Gazette says the Lachine canal could be opened by the 16th, but the corporation of Lachine is laying pipes across it, and it is said pressure has been brought to bear upon the government to delay the opening, so as not to hurry its operations. It is understood, too, that the establishment of the electric light system along the canal cannot be completed at an early date unless the government bears the extra cost of night work. The Beauharnois canal can be opened only by the 25th of April. It is said that by the 20th, 1,250,000 bushels of grain will be afloat for Kingston and if the canals are not opened there will be a great delay here.
Today at eleven o'clock the str. Hero, Capt. H. Nicholson, steamed out of port with all her colors flying. She looks bright and clean. The improvements made to her during the winter months have been of such a character as to enhance her value greatly. She is now one of the most comfortable passenger boats that sails out of this port. The bulkheads, paddle boxes and joiner work have all been renewed. New hubs and arms have been added, and the wheels were thoroughly overhauled. The engine and boiler were also put in first class condition. The toilet rooms are now ventilated by two sky windows. The rooms are finished in walnut. New spring and hair mattresses, and stylish plush furniture and carpets add to the comforts of the cabins. The steamer has been repainted inside and outside. The officers this season are: C.H. Nicholson, captain; W.B. Thompson, purser; W. Bloomfield, mate; G. Johnston, engineer; Joseph Tilton, steward.