p.2 A Southerly gale was experienced here on Wednesday, with a change in a westerly direction towards night. We shall probably hear of some damage to the shipping on the lakes as a consequence of the violence of the blow.
Port of Kingston - Imports - 18th - Schr. Pacific, Whitby - 55 brls flour, Charles Hales.
Str. Bay State, Oswego - (gen. cargo)
Str. Star, Cape Vincent - (gen. cargo)
Obstructions On the Canal - It seems this year as if the spring or summer trade was never to open. Not only are the ships delayed in the Gulf, but the Inland Navigation has been impeded by obstructions of a serious nature in the Lachine Canal, so that we are almost tempted to say that it is fortunate that business has not yet commenced in earnest. The temporary obstruction caused by the bank left after the operations of the City Council in taking their Aqueduct across the city, has been removed; but there still remains that caused by the erection of the pier of the Grand Trunk Railway Bridge in the Canal in such a manner as to prevent the larger class of steamers from passing on either side of it, without very great difficulty. On Saturday, the Ontario was delayed for several hours. The Princess Royal has also, we are informed, suffered a long detention. Yesterday, the Cataraqui, a newly-built ocean steam-vessel (sic), from Kingston, was many hours in this strait, and we do not know at this writing, whether she has managed to get through or not. Of course, while these vessels are in the dead lock, none others can pass. What is Mr. Chabot about? He should surely have seen, before this that the whole trade of the country was not obstructed for want of cutting a few yards of earth away from one side of the Canal to the other, so as to widen it, where the pier is situated, enough for the free passage of vessels of the size frequenting the Canal. [Montreal Herald]