p.2 Opening of the Navigation - Hamilton - The business year has again commenced, and our merchants, traders and forwarders are preparing for an unusually brisk season. Repairs and additions and preparations are being extensively made on the several wharves and storehouses around the harbor, and a laudable spirit of competition and enterprize among the wharfingers and shippers is already visible. The City wharf (Browne's) has been considerably extended, and a large increase of storage erected. McPherson & Crane, Land & Routh, and Stevenson have also added considerably to their storage accommodation. The storehouses are all pretty well filled with farm produce and manufactures and merchandize of various descriptions. Flour, wheat, pork and potash are piled up in great abundance, and everything presents the appearance of a wealthy, prosperous country. The St. Lawrence freight steamer came up the Bay yesterday morning as the herald of navigation, and the ice, once having been put in motion, a few hours of a brisk northwest wind left the bay clear as far up as the wharves. The St. Lawrence returned in the afternoon with a cargo of merchants' goods from Wellington Square, which she landed at Browne's wharf. The Rochester and the mail steamer Princess Royal from Toronto also came up to the wharf, and the navigation is now completely opened. The Magnet leaves this morning for Kingston; she has got a handsome new dress and a few additional "fixings" both useful and ornamental, and really looks well at the commencement of her fifth annual campaign. The Magnet is a favorite on Lake Ontario and requires no fresh commendations. The Queen of the West is now beautifully fitted up, and can furnish accommodation equal to any boat on this side of the lake. She commences her regular daily trips between Hamilton and Toronto tomorrow morning, and in a few weeks it is intended, we understand, to run her twice a day. The fares are to be 5s cabin passage and 2s 6d deck passage. [Canadian of Wednesday]
Will leave for Prescott and Ogdensburgh, calling at intermediate ports, tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, at seven o'clock.
Kingston, April 11th, 1853.
New Freight Line
Bay of Quinte and River St. Lawrence
Charles B. Crysler, Master.
Will be prepared, on the opening of the navigation, with barges, to make weekly trips from the Head of the Bay to Montreal, and vice versa, calling at intermediate ports. She has also good accommodations for a few passengers, and will, until the canals are open through to Montreal, make a few trips to Cape Vincent and Ogdensburgh. The St. Helen has been well fitted up as a freight boat, and the proprietors will make it their business to try and give general satisfaction.
will leave for Toronto and Hamilton, calling at intermediate ports, this (Monday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock.
Kingston, April 11th, 1853.