p.2 Wharf Repairs - That portion of Ford & Anderson's wharf at the slip used as the landing place of the ferry steamers has been torn down, rebuilt and straightened; a much needed repair, as that part of the landing had become not only shattered, but dilapidated and unsafe. The intention is to renew this portion of the wharf next winter, as far as the railway track, in a manner to correspond with the outer part of the wharf.
The Ice Blockade - The harbor for the past few days has been almost completely blockaded by large quantities of drifting ice. The steamer Watertown, however, has been able to work her way through and to continue her trips to Cape Vincent, and the steamer Gazelle up to yesterday managed to get over, though not very regularly, to Garden and Wolfe Islands. Yesterday she got fast between these islands and the city, and nearly took fire from the water getting low in her boiler and not being able to pump in a fresh supply, which had to be put in by hand after the boiler had cooled down. A small hole a few inches in length was burned through the deck. Today it has been impossible for her to leave the dock owing to the blockade, and the ferrying was done by the Watertown, on her return from and before again leaving for Cape Vincent. A north-east wind is slowly driving the ice upwards.
The Vessels - Nearly all the vessels in the harbor are looking up, under their new spring dress of paint which the wear and tear of the summer months will sadly tarnish. The engines of the steamers and the rigging of the sailing craft are both well nigh completed, and the docks are looking a little more lively in consequence.
The Lower Bay - The lower bay, north and east of the Cataraqui Bridge, was pretty well blocked up with ice yesterday. Today it is clear again with the exception of one cake of the original bay ice of a few hundred yards in length. The vessels which have wintered here are nearly ready to begin the summer work.
Sails Up - Several of the sailing vessels in the harbor are putting up their sails, the painting having sufficiently dried to admit of giving the spread of canvas an airing. Were the ice thoroughly driven up the lake and the harbor clear, these signs of approaching summer would be more cheering than just now while the ice blockade even partially continues.
A Sailing Vessel - A small sailing craft worked her way up the river today, and made great efforts to reach the harbor.
St. Catherines, April 16th - Welland Canal likely to open tomorrow.