The Ice Gone - The harbour is perfectly clear and the ice has gone not to return. Yesterday afternoon the upper harbour was well filled up with the ice, and although there was a broad belt of blue water to be seen beyond it stretching from Simcoe to Amherst Island and embracing the lighthouse and Snake Island, evidently it was then departing quietly but swiftly, as a look at the same spot two hours afterwards showed nothing but the clear blue water as far as the eye could reach. And to the ice of 1873 we would say farewell, farewell, a long farewell.
Since the ice has gone, every one around the harbour is on the qui vive, and where a few days ago everything was dull, is now the scene of bustling activity. The only arrivals to report are the schooners Acacia and Canadian, both of which are from Oswego with coal for the Gas Works. Of departures, it is almost impossible to get a full list, as the vessels have been leaving constantly since the ice moved. Amongst others which have gone up the lake, are the Wild Rover, with a cargo of ice; the Annie Falconer, B. Folger, and Benedict, with stone, and the Lafayette Cook, Jessie McDonald, Delos de Wolfe, New Dominion of Picton, and others light. The wind was light, but favorable.
Messrs. Holcomb & Stewart commenced elevating this morning out of the schooner David Sharp, which arrived too late last fall, and out of the Two Brothers and Garibaldi, which arrived on Sunday from Port Hope.
The schooner Richardson is being loaded by the Messrs. Sills wth 5,000 bushels rye for Windsor. She is expected to leave tomorrow.
The steamer Rochester left today at 10 o'clock on her first trip up the Bay. She will now make her regular trips to all the Bay ports.
The propeller Kincardine has been thoroughly refitted, and will in all probability commence her trips on the Bay tomorrow. She is to run between Belleville and Oswego, taking in Kingston and intermediate ports on the way. She is to make connection with the various railways. Captain Read promises to do all in his power to render his passengers comfortable as well as accommodate shippers.
Arrangements have been made to launch the steamer Algerian this evening. A start is expected to be made about seven o'clock, so as not to interfere with the workmen engaged on her. She will then be towed to the foot of Clarence street, where she will be finished.
The Norfolk - This steamer has, we are informed, made several attempts to force a passage from Picton to Belleville, but so far has failed in her mission owing to ice blockade. The ice having now gone out there will be no further trouble in making connections.
Picton, April 15th - The steamer Norfolk succeeded this afternoon in breaking through the belt of ice at the mouth of the harbour, and will commence her regular trips to Belleville tomorrow morning. There is some ice between here and Kingston at a point known as Bongard's Corners, and between Bath and Amherst Island, which will possibly prevent the steamers getting up from Kingston before the beginning of next week. The steamer Shannon, rebuilt from the wreck of the Greenway, is nearly ready to commence running. She will run between here, Napanee, and Belleville.
Port Colborne, April 15th - barque Bessie Barwick, Bay City, Kingston, timber; schrs. John Wesley, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Queen of the Lakes, Erie, Toronto, coal.
Up: schrs. Wm. Sanderson, Toronto, Detroit, light; F.J. King, Clayton, Bay City, light; Harvest Home, Toronto, Bay City, light; Madeira, Oswego, Chicago, coal; Jas. Norris, St. Catharines, Chicago, light; Montcalm, Clayton, Toledo, ice; John Magee, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; Nevada, Oswego, Milwaukee, salt.
The ice is now working around to the northwest, which will move the ice off the shore.
The schrs. Barwick, Westley, and Queen of the Lakes succeeded in getting in today with the aid of tugs.
More vessels in sight.
No props. or vessels have left today. A large fleet are now here wind and ice bound.
The tug Maggie, which was sinking near Port Robinson, was raised last night, she is not damaged much.
Port Colborne, April 16th - The northwest wind last night has moved the ice off this shore. The fleet of props. and vessels all left this morning.
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