The Welland canal will be open for traffic on April 16th.
Capt. Patenaude will have charge of the str. Arabian this year.
The str. Bon Voyage will commence her trips between this city and Rochester, June 23rd.
The report that Mr. Ellis, superintendent of the Welland canal, has been deposed, is untrue.
It is announced that the Welland and St. Lawrence canals will be opened for traffic about April 23rd.
The sloop Pilot was the first sailing vessel out of Kingston this year. She left for Deseronto March 23rd.
The steambarge Nichols, owned by Capt. C. Hinckley, jr., will ply between Ottawa and Oswego this season.
Coal will be carried from Oswego and Fairhaven to Toronto at 30 cents per ton. The rate to Kingston is 25 cents.
Capt. W.W. Bamford, Wolfe Island, left today for Chicago to superintend the fitting out of his boat, the str. Iron Cliff.
The str. Varuna will be soon ready. Her bottom has been rebuilt during the winter, her ribs expanded and her beams lenghened, giving more room below and replanking throughout.
The str. Hero will start on the bay route about April 7th. So far the bay is not thoroughly clear of ice. The steamer would have a great deal of difficulty in getting up to Belleville at present.
The schr. Pilot was the first vessel to reach this port with a cargo this year. She got in from Adolphustown this morning with 1,740 bushels of grain. Other small crafts have not started to ply about.
The steamer Islander will begin to ply the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route next Monday. The Islander will be officered: Captain A. Charlebois; mate, Gordon Wilson; engineer, John D. Carter; fireman, Barney Farwell; purser, Earnest Williams.
$15,000 has been voted by Collingwood for the purpose of deepening the channel in the harbor to twenty feet. When this is accomplished the Collingwood harbor will be one of the safest and easiest to enter on the Georgian Bay. Besides the $15,000 voted by the town some $75,000 more are expected to be spent on improvements in and about the harbor within the next year.