p.2 The Ferry Steamers - The ferry steamers may now be said to be in full running order for the season. The Pierrepont has been running for several days, and the Maud started on Saturday. She commenced today to make two trips to Cape Vincent. The Geneva will be ready in a few days. All the boats have been carefully overhauled, and repainted, and look well. The Geneva has had an awning erected over her forward deck, which will be a great convenience to passengers in shading from the sun. The trips to the Cape will be made through the Canal, and as there is plenty of water they will be made in shorter time than formerly. A general wish is expressed, however, that in the event of the cheap trips to the Cape, the route by the head of the island will be taken frequently, as it makes a much pleasanter excursion than through the canal.
The Mail Steamers - By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that the Through Line of steamers will commence their regular trips on Monday, namely, by leaving for Prescott at 9 o'clock. This will be a good opportunity for those who wish to attend the Pembroke Assizes, which open on Tuesday, to have a sail down the river, as they will reach Brockville in time to catch the train for that place.
There was no grain arrivals to report this morning, and forwarders are in no hurry to receive them till the lower Canals are open.
The Rochester will not be able to make a start today, there being too much ice in the Bay. She will make a start tomorrow at 11 a.m., for Bay Ports.
The First Wrecking - The schr. Grace Whitney, loaded with ice for Toledo, while on her way up the Lake last night, got ashore on the head of Garden Island about nine o'clock. A boat was promptly despatched to the city, where Capt. Allen of the tug Franklin was aroused from his bed, and he went out and hauled the schooner off about two o'clock with (no) damage to the vessel or cargo. This was the first wrecking of the season.
The tug Gardner passed up from Ogdensburg last night with two barges lumber laden from Oswego. Several vessels also passed up last night. They came round this way on account of the ice block in the other channel.
Big Bay - The ice has almost entirely disappeared from Big Bay, and there is but very little near the shores. Navigation may soon be expected to open. [Ontario]
On Monday the steamer D.C. West will commence running between Alexandria Bay and Cape Vincent making the regular stops.
Cape Vincent Route - For the last few days the steamer Pierrepont has been making one trip a day between Kingston and Cape Vincent. On Monday she will begin her two trips a day, which will be more convenient for travellers. The propellers Nashua and Granite (State) and the steam barge Glasgow, with five barges in tow, were stuck in the ice yesterday about 3 1/4 miles from Cape Vincent and a quarter of a mile from the light house. The ice is solid for at least four miles ahead of them out in the lake. A northeast wind would probably break up the ice and release them. [Watertown Despatch]
Port Colborne, April 22nd - Up - schr. Oriental, Kingston, Bay City, light; Annandale, do., Toledo, ice; Sweden, do., do., do.; Denmark, do., do., do.; J.H. Breck, do., do., do.; Norwood, Welland, light; Hattie Howard, E.W. Rathburn.
In Harbour - schrs. J.H. Breck, Oriental, Sweden, Wm. Hunter, Jamaica, E.H. Rutherford, R. Morewood, Guiding Star, Shandon, Russian, L.J. Farewell, Wilcox, Annandale, Star of Mill Point, Niagara, Pandora, Hattie Howard, E.W. Rathburn, barque Cecilia, steam-barge Pittsburg and tow; Tecumseh.
The schooner J.H. Breck went out this afternoon, but returned on acount of the ice.
The tug Mary took out the barque Montmorency and schr. Montana, this evening and is making some progress through the ice.
No departures or arrivals, other vessels expect to leave tomorrow.
The schr. Denmark sprung a leak today; she has gone to Pt. Robinson dock for repairs.
Port Colborne, April 23rd, 8:15 p.m. - The tug Mary, which went out yesterday evening with the schooners Montmorency and Montana in tow, is still in the ice this evening, but nearly through. The schooner J.B. Peck (J.H. Breck ?) made a second attempt to get out this afternoon, but returned to the harbour. She found the ice too heavy. The schooner Sweden also went out, but had to come back. The schooners Star of Mill Point and R. Morewood went out in tow of the tug Hector. They had made but little progress at dark. There are two propellors and one schooner in sight, bound in. These propellers are making some progress. The ice is rotting, but packs.
Arrived up on Saturday night: schooners Mystic Star, and R. Gaskin, and prop. L. Shickluna.
Several vessels have gone up the feeder and out at Port Maitland.
RICHELIEU AND ONTARIO NAVIGATION COMPANY
ROYAL MAIL THROUGH LINE
Commencement of the Passenger Business
The steamer Corsican will leave for Prescott on Monday evening, the 1st of May, at 1 o'clock, and for Toronto and Hamilton on Monday afternoon at 5:30.
The Algerian will leave for Prescott on Tuesday morning, and return here on Wednesday afternoon, leaving here for Toronto and Hamilton at 5:30.
For passage tickets and any information apply at the Lake and River Steamboat Office, St. Lawrence Wharf, foot of Johnson Street.
April 24th C.H. Hatch, Passenger Agent.