Again the harbor is nigh clear of ice. There will not likely be any more come from above.
Repairs to the steamer Advance have been completed, and the boat is ready to clear for Toronto.
The schooner Queen of the Lakes will likely clear this afternoon from Richardsons' wharf for Sodus with feldspar.
This morning the fast steamer New Island Wanderer was placed on the Cape Vincent route. She went around the head of the island.
It is expected that the steamer Deseronto will make her first trip to Picton on Monday. Last year she commenced running on April 7th.
The steamer Aletha begins her trips to Bay of Quinte ports on Monday. Captain Bloomfield will command until he takes charge of the steamer Caspian.
Considerable repairs have been made on the steamer Varuna during the winter at Trenton, and Capt. Hicks has now about as trim a craft as any on the bay. She has received a new boiler and has been lengthened some fifty feet, which should put her in good shape for her ever-growing business on the Trenton-Picton route.
Vessel owners anticipate a prosperous season this year. This is a good demand for space for coal, and already freight rates are in excess of other years, due largely to this fact. The shipment to the North-West of enormous stores for the new settlers will considerably augment this heavy traffic. All the vessels plying in these waters are ready for an early start.
An Iceberg Anchored - Kingstonians do not need to go to the Atlantic coast to catch a glimpse of an iceberg. There is one securely anchored on a shoal in the harbor, just off Swift & Co.'s wharf. Several venturesome citizens went out in a skiff yesterday to look at it, and they say that it is stuck fast on a shoal twenty-five feet under water. It towers above the lake level at least ten or twelve feet. An iceberg in Kingston harbor is a rarity, as the floes generally drift away soon after the breaking up of the crossing.
p.5 Purchased A Vessel - George Plunkett, Cobourg, has been in Chicago, purchasing a vessel, 650 tons register, and classed A-2, the highest that wooden vessels can class now. As soon as navigation opens he intends bringing her down.
p.6 Impose Dues and Fees - dominion government has imposed steamboat inspection dues and port fees on American boats entering Ontario ports; both sides had removed these fees earlier but the American government had started to impose them again on Canadian vessels.