p.1 Marine News
The propeller Enterprise, bound from Port Colborne to this port with grain, hove in sight yesterday off the head of Wolfe Island. She made a strenuous endeavour to force her way through the ice, but this morning did not appear to have changed her position, and remained fast between Four and Nine Mile Point.
A schooner was also observed today fruitlessly attempting to make her way here through the ice at Amherst Island.
Yesterday the steamer Hiram A. Calvin started from Garden Island with three vessels, the Denmark, Oriental and Sweden. The steamer intended to leave the schooners in clear water on the lake. How far the expedition succeeded we do not know. They had got out of sight this morning.
The tug Lady Franklin made a cruise up the Bay of Quinte yesterday. She proceeded as far as Milhaven, and reported the ice beyond that impenetrable.
The schooner Margaret Drayton is loading 6,500 bushels of rye at Messrs. Swift & Co.'s wharf for Oswego.
Four of the Northern Transportation Company's propellers left Ogdensburg last week for the west; but are said to be firmly stuck some distance up the American channel.
The schooner Annie Falconer goes to Rudd's Quarry and the schooner Clara Youell to Peter Graham's to load stone.
The schooner Louisa, which lay all winter with corn, at J. Swift & Co.'s wharf, has discharged her cargo in good condition at Holcomb & Stewart's wharf.
The tug Gardiner left Clayton with several vessels, bound westward. The tug on reaching Cape Vincent found further progress impossible. She called here yesterday for the barge Hope and returned to Ogdensburg.
With the change of wind fields of broken ice are floated in and out of the harbour; but it offers no obstruction to navigation. A warm wind and strong southwest wind would be effectual in clearing the course at the gaps, which cannot resist the temperature more than a couple of days at most.
Shipping operations are active at Clayton. Large numbers of sailors are arriving in that town daily.
The Rochester Union says: "The lake navigators are calculating for higher water this season. The great fall of snow at the North West, it is thought, will raise the water in the whole chain of lakes several inches. The water in Lake Ontario is now about ten inches higher than it was last fall when it was the lowest known to living inhabitants."
On Wednesday last a new schooner, the O.M. Bond, owned by Messrs. O.M. Bond, John H. McCollom, and Captain Lefeiver, was launched at Oswego. The vessel is the largest size that can pass through the Welland Canal, her length over all being 142 feet 2 inches, her breadth 25 9/10 feet, and her depth 11 1/10 feet. Her tonnage, custom-house measurement, is 315.37, and she is expected to carry 19,000 bushels of wheat through the canal or 23,000 bushels to Buffalo. This is equal to 690 tons or 570 tons through the canal. She is a handsome fore and aft schooner.
Water was let in the Welland Canal on Friday, and every preparation was made for the opening of navigation on the 21st.
Tomorrow, the barge owned by Mr. Hull, of Toronto, built by Messrs. Rathbun & Son, of Mill Point, will be launched. She is without doubt one of the finest barges that has ever run in Canadian waters. She is schooner rigged; over 900 tons burden; length of keel 152 feet; length of bow (sic - beam ?) 31 feet; and 12 feet of hull; was purchased in the neighbourhood of $3,000.
The Norfolk, under the command of the kind and obliging Capt. Port (sic - Porte ?), will run each alternate day between Picton and Belleville and Napanee, as usual.
The steamer Picton will resume her old route between Trenton and Montreal, leaving Trenton every Monday and arriving at Montreal on Wednesday; again leaving Montreal on Thursday and arriving at Trenton on Saturday evening, calling at river and bay ports. Captain Smith is to command her, who formerly was captain of the St. Helen, on the same route.
p.2 Port Colborne - Opening of Navigation - April 21st - The canal was opened this morning. The propeller Oswegatchie arrived from Toledo, via Cleveland, reports ice fifty miles above Long Point, but the channel in it on the north shore. The schooner Montauk, which wintered here, towed out as far as Gull Island, when the tug let go. The tug reports the channel there six miles wide, a fleet of over 60 vessels here waiting for a good wind from the northward, when they expect to be able to start without trouble from the ice.
Burlington Bay Canal - An order has been passed by the Dominion Government abolishing tolls from freight, and imposing two cents per ton on steamers, and one cent on sailing vessels passing through the Burlington Bay Canal.