The steamer Ketchum cleared yesterday for Erie.
Heavy traffic in both excursionists and freight is expected on the Rideau this season.
Capt. Davis, Gananoque, intends to go to Cuba this summer, and may settle there.
The M.T. company are rushed with work at present, in getting the remainder of their fleet ready.
The tug Frank Jackman and two grain laden barges cleared today for Montreal, from Richardsons' elevator.
The steamer James Swift left for Ottawa this morning, having a very large cargo of freight, and a number of passengers.
The first tow of deep draught barges to pass through the St. Lawrence new waterway passed down yesterday in tow of the tug Chieftain.
The tug Thomson arrived this afternoon from Oswego with two barges, coal-laden, and cleared again for Montreal with four grain and two coal barges.
p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Alexandria from Charlotte, and the steamer Persia, from Toronto, called at Craig & Co.'s wharf on their first trip down this season.
The Canal Is Open.
Cascades Point, Que., May 1st - The Soulanges canal is now ready for navigation. Water was let through the full length this morning and everything is ready to pass vessels drawing fourteen feet of water or over. The electric lights were on last night for the first time and though the wind was high, the effect was magnificent, making it almost as bright as day. It will be just as easy and safe to use the canal by night as by day. It is expected to pass some fourteen foot barges this morning.
Calvin's first raft of the season left for Quebec Monday afternoon in tow of the steamer Parthia.