NAVIGATION IS NOW OPEN.
VESSELS LOADING AND MOVING ABOUT.
A telegram yesterday from the ministry of railways and canals announced that the Welland Canal would open on April 25th, weather permitting.
The steamer India, of the Calvin fleet, started today for Toronto, towing the schooners Valencia and Augusta. They will load timber at Toronto for Garden Island.
Capt. Jarrell, the popular commander of the steamer North King, arrived last night from Port Hope to superintend the fitting out of his famous passenger steamer - the North King.
Spring work on the famous North channel of the Galops canal commenced last week. Cleveland Bros. are only a few days later in beginning their spring operations than they were last year.
The steamer Pierrepont made a successful trip to the Cape on Monday, leaving at nine o'clock in the morning and arriving at her destination at noon. She returned to Kingston before 4 o'clock.
The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy, owned by Capt. Randalls, left this morning for Prescott to load oats for Richardson's elevator. This is the first trip of the season down the river from Kingston.
Capt. Wheeler, Cleveland, Ohio, owner of the steamer Elphinmere, is in the city superintending the fitting out of his boat for the coming season. Capt. Wheeler is owner of the largest dry dock at Cleveland.
The schooner Fabiola is loading lumber at the spile wharf for Oswego. She has her crew, is fully provisioned and will clear just as soon as she can get through Cataraqui bridge, which will be when the ice disappears.
The steamer Pierrepont brought a large crowd from the islands this morning. At nine o'clock she left again for Cape Vincent with a large freight and passenger list. On returning from the Cape this afternoon the Pierrepont will return to the islands.
A friend in the city has received a letter from Capt. Glass, Owen Sound. It will be remembered that Capt. Glass last summer took the steamer Armenia from this port to the upper lakes where she was engaged in the timber trade during the season. The captain is now fitting out his boat at Owen Sound, having chartered her till September to engage in the same trade. He writes that, although the ice is all out of Georgian Bay, there has not been a warm day so far this spring. The weather there is keeping remarkably cold.
Personal Mention - Capt. Thomas Donnelly returned from Port Hope last evening.
George H. Phillips, Ogdensburg, N.Y., is in Kingston on business concerning the R. & O. Navigation company and the Folger line, which he expects as usual to represent this season.
p.5 Deseronto Doings - April 16th - The steambarges Resolute and Reliance are loading. The steamers Ella Ross and Deseronto expect to make regular trips to Picton and Belleville on Wednesday morning.
p.6 Incidents of the Day - Three of the K. & M. F. company's barges leave tomorrow in tow of the tug Mary P. Hall for Charlotte, to load coal. The crews of the barges arrived yesterday.