The Pierrepont made a safe and easy trip to Cape Vincent.
The American channel is open as far as Alexandria Bay.
The new steamer Atica, built last winter at Clayton, to run between that place and Cape Vincent, made her trial trip last week. She is described as a real beauty.
The Welland Canal opens on the 21st inst.
The channel is open from Nine Mile Point to a considerable distance below Point Frederick. The sight is hailed with pleasure, and will give the season fresh energy to prosecute preparations for the first trip of the season.
Northern Transportation Company - Active preparations are making in the work of fitting out the steamers of this most valuable line of travel, so as to commence regular trips as soon as the Welland Canal is open for business. The company resumes operations this spring with twenty-one first class, fully equipped upper cabin steamers, all thoroughly renovated and repaired, and in the most complete order.
Off Point Au Pelee - Capt. J.C. Brown, of Kingsville, Ontario, reports the safety of the schrs. Alice, Josephine and Minch, that have been locked in the ice all winter off Colchester Reef. Monday evening they were clear of the ice, and with a light spread of canvas were playing off and on, unable to enter port. They were about eight miles off Point au Pelee. The schooner Montcalm had gone below, hving safely passed the cut.
Canadian Navigation Line - The steamers composing this well known line are all undergoing overhauling for the approaching summer's business, the two wintered here, the Spartan and Corsican, being nearly completed in their outfit. This season two steamers - one entirely new and one rebuilt from the hull of the Kingston - will be added to the line, to be called, respectively, the Bavarian and Egyptian. The Express Line steamers will be composed of the Abyssinian, Athenian, Egyptian and Banshee; the two first-named will run up the south shore, and connect with the last two mentioned at Kingston, and the Royal Mail Line will ply on the north shore, as in former years. The boats and captains are arranged as follows for this year:
Abyssinian Capt. Estes
Athenian Capt. Morley
Egyptian Capt. Bailey
Banshee Capt. Sherwood
Corsican Capt. Sinclair
Spartan Capt. Dunlop
Corinthian Capt. Farrell
Passport Capt. Simpson
Bavarian Capt. Carmichael
Magnet Capt. McCoy
The Canals - The Superintendent informs us that the Welland Canal will be opened for navigation on Monday next, the 21st inst. It is stated that the Rideau Canal will not be opened until the first of June. We hope this is incorrect, and that it will be open much earlier.
p.2 The Harbour - The wind of last night cleaned the harbour for some distance from the wharves along the front of the city. There only now remains a narrow sheet stretching from north to south, which, if shaken or cracked so as to be moved by the action of the water or a brisk gale, would soon pass away. The steamers are running regularly to the Islands and Cape Vincent. Several vessels are preparing to change quarters. The tug Lady Franklin was out for a "spin" around the harbour today.
We learn that Mr. Peter R. Henderson has been appointed to the management of the Montreal Transportation Company's business at Kingston in place of Mr. Kinghorn, who will soon leave for Montreal to take charge of the company's business there.