p.2 Launch - On Tuesday a launch took place on the Cataraqui River near Anglin's Mill. The vessel is called the Sovereign, and she was built by Mr. M. Clayton for Mr. Michael Mallan. She is sloop rigged and has a carrying capacity of 100,000 feet of lumber.
The Welland Canal is open since Tuesday.
The upper part of the harbour is quite clear of ice, a considerable quantity of which was observed yesterday floating down the Bay of Quinte, which is now open for navigation.
The arrangement for the running of the Ontario and Richelieu Navigation Company for the opening of the season are as follows: The Corsican leaves for Prescott on Monday, the 1st May, returning on Tuesday evening, when she will leave for Hamilton; the Algerian starts on Tuesday, the 2nd May, for Prescott, returning on Wednesday evening and leaving for Hamilton; the Spartan leaves Montreal on Wednesday, the 3rd, for Kingston, and on Thursday evening will leave for Hamilton. These are the only boats of the company which will be put in commission at present.
Port Colborne, April 19th - No arrivals or departures today. The tug Mary tried the ice this p.m., and found it quite strong near the shore, where it is packed, but thinks it is weaker further out.
Presque Isle, April 20th - The tug Kate Pilgrim, Capt. Jas. Milne, passed outside today from Meaford to Griffith Island, light, being first vessel of the season. Open water near here. Expect ice will be all out in a few days.
The largest cargo of wheat that ever left Toronto in one vessel went yesterday by the schooner Marquis to Kingston. It consisted of 29,660 bushels wheat.
There are no arrivals or departures to report today, but the forwarders are busy getting ready for the summer trade.
Capt. Platt, formerly of the schooner S. Neelon, an old and experienced sailor, has quit sailing and gone into the insurance business in Toronto. [Oswego ibid Times]
Several vessels, mostly Canadian, have been engaged to make one or more trips in the timber trade this season, and at very good figure, among which are the following vessels: Schooners Laurel, Fannie Campbell, Cambria, Pride of America, Maggie McRea, Sligo, Wm. Woodruff, and four of Muin & Co.'s vessels. Most of the cargoes will be taken from Lake Huron and Bear Creek to the foot of Long Island, on Lake Ontario, while some will go through as far as Quebec. [ibid]
Female Cooks - The Chicago Inter-Ocean says no master can be trusted who carries a female cook, and hopes that during the present season no females will be employed. That paper says it "intends, as soon as navigation is fairly open, to print a list of the vessels having females on board, together with the names of the masters, whether the latter have wifes ashore, etc., etc."
A New Authority of Definition - A paragraph going the rounds makes Secretary Bristow say that "all sail vessels must be called schooners." But suppose the vessel uses steam as well as canvas, must a steamer be called a schooner? Is a square-nosed scow a schooner, or a dug-out with a square yard of canvas, or a raft of logs, with a good-sized sail in front; or finally, is that vessel of daring, Capt. Boynton, crossing the English Channel with a sail rigged between his shoulder and ankle, a schooner? Bristow may be a very good manager of currency, but give us Webster's definition yet. [Detroit Post]
The Bay - The ice is fast disappearing from the Bay of Quinte. The Picton Gazette notes the preparations that are being made for the opening of navigation. It says the steamer Shannon will be commanded by Capt. Johnson, and run between that place, Napanee, and Belleville. The Picton will likely run upon the same route as last year - between Port Dalhousie, and the Alexandria will ply between Belleville and Montreal. In reference to the views of the owners of the steamers Rochester, Utica and Norfolk, our contemporary cannot speak positively, but presumes that these steamers named will run as last year. The Rochester will be commanded by Capt. Campbell. [Ontario]
p.3 Toronto, April 20th - The steamer City of Toronto will commence running to Niagara on the 24th inst.
Capt. Taylor has been appointed Assistant Harbour Master in place of the late Capt. Kerr.