p.2 Toronto, April 15th - A despatch from Hamilton says that the schooner Marco Polo narrowly escaped destruction by fire, owing to some pitch taking fire in the hold. A plentiful supply of water put the flames out.
Lachine Canal - The water was to have been let off the Lachine Canal today for repairs. All the steamers in this harbor will be ready before the water can be let in again, on May 1st.
Steamers Getting Ready - Two of the three steamers of the River Navigation Company laid up here are nearly ready for service, and the third is very little behind. The extensive repairs to the propellers Avon and St. Lawrence are nearly brought to a close. Chaffey's propellers are being got ready for the spring work with all possible despatch. The Bay of Quinte will be ready in a few days.
Vessels On the Move - The first steamer for the lake, the Highlander, cleared for Hamilton this morning. She takes up from Garden Island five of Calvin & Breck's sailing vessels to receive cargo there. The Lafayette Cook also cleared for Hamilton and the barque London for Toledo. The sailing vessels which have wintered here are gradually working their way upwards.
Steamers To Newfoundland and Halifax - Messrs. George Chaffey & Bro., of Kingston, to put steamer Merritt on line from Montreal to St. John, Nfld., and Her Majesty from Montreal to Halifax. [Quebec Chronicle]
Gunboat Hercules - The gunboat Hercules left her winter quarters at the Dockyard this morning for the first time this season, and steamed across to the inner harbor. She had only come over to test her machinery and to show her fair proportions, as she did not land, but made her way to Garden Island, whence after a short stay she proceeded down the river.
Gunboat Royal - The gunboat Royal has been drawn up at the marine railway, where she is undergoing repairs. She was found to have sprung a leak, and will have to remain here for a few days to put her in a seaworthy condition.