The tug Charli Ferris, well known in this port, is being fitted out at Oswego.
The steamer John Hunter, belonging to the Cleveland fleet, was the first boat to enter Ogdensburg this season.
The schooner Clara Youell is fitting out at Swift's wharf. Capt. Oliver is looking for a silk hat from Uncle Sam.
The steamer Erin and barge Danforth, lumber laden, are expected to be the first boats to enter Buffalo this season.
It will likely be the beginning of next week before the Calvin fleet will move westward. The steamers are all in readiness.
The schooner Queen of the Lakes which wintered at Richardson's elevator, is now at Crawford's wharf unloading a cargo of coal.
The Rathbun company anticipates a lively season as it has an immense quantity of lumber awaiting shipment to the United States.
The last annual report of the department of railways and canals shows that traffic on the Trent canal has doubled in the past ten years.
The schooner Mary Ann Lydon, owned by Messrs. J.A. Brown, E. Brown and Capt. Robinson, has been sold to Capt. Savage, Picton, the former owner of the Rutherford.
Repairs are being made to the Cataraqui swing bridge. It will be in operation tomorrow, so that vessels in the waters below below will not be detained now that navigation is opening.
Last evening the wind shifted to the north-east, and soon the harbor was clear of ice, which was driven up into the lake. Another change of wind would drive it back, but this may not occur.
The steamer Spartan is coaling at Crawford's wharf, and will leave on Sunday for Toronto to complete repairs. With her new extension of forty feet she will be able to carry much more freight.
The Ogdensburg Coal and Towing company has added the steamer Denver, of Milwaukee, to its fleet. The Denver registers 1,295 gross and 1,028 net tons, is 222.4 feet long, 37 beam and 19 deep. She was built in 1890.
The Rochester, Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Navigation company has purchased the steamer Algoma from Oswego parties. The steamer will ply between Charlotte and the Thousand Islands, along the American border.
The steamer New Island Wanderer made another attempt this morning to get through to Cape Vincent. She went up to Nine Mile Point, but could not make a passage through the ice. At the foot of Wolfe Island the ice is still thick. It may be Monday before she reaches the Cape.
Last evening the steamer Advance left the M.T. company wharf and sailed up the harbor en route to Oswego, to load coal. She anchored at Nine Mile Point, in the ice, all night, but had to turn back this morning. There are miles of solid ice outside, and until a stronger wind blows up, vessels cannot get through.
The steambarge Waterlily will come out this season, practically a new boat. A gang of men have been employed on her all winter at the ways. Her boiler has been thoroughly overhauled. She has a new hull and will have a two-decked cabin. Her officers will be: Captain, William Dulmage; engineer, Peter Davis; second engineer, R. Jewell.
The steamer Aletha is receiving some finishing touches. Capt. Roys still maintains his steamer the trimmest in her class. She will run on the bay route, spring and fall, being chartered for July, August and September excursions.
p.5 Picton, April 12th - Capt. M. Ackerman and crew have left for Sarnia where they will ship. Capts. W.E. Van Vlack and Nelson Palmateer, of the steamer Van Allen, have gone to Toronto. Mate Hyatt and crew of the schooner Arthurs (Arthur ?) left Monday for Port Dalhousie.