The steamers Reliance and Resolute, lumber laden, cleared today from Deseronto for Oswego.
The schooners Highland Beauty, Annie Falconer, Annie Minnes and F.H. Burton are at Oswego loading coal.
The steamer Islander goes to Clayton tomorrow to begin the season's run on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route.
The steamer Business has reached Oswego from Toronto, being the first boat of the season to enter that port.
The steamer New Island Wanderer will make another attempt tomorrow to get to Cape Vincent. She will go down the river.
The steamer Advance is still in port and will not make another attempt to get out of the harbor until a good wind arises from the north-east.
The Adams & Duford company of Chaumont, N.Y., has sold the barge Jessie to Capt. A.R. Hinckley, Oswego, who will use her as a consort for his steambarge Hinckley.
The Lake Carriers' Association has inaugurated a new water signal station at Elliott's Point, below Amhertstburg, Ont. A white ball or light will indicate the water rising, and a red ball or light the water falling. Signals will be displayed from a forty foot tower.
The steam barge King Ben came up last night from Prescott, where it wintered.
The steamer Fawcett will go into dry dock next week to have her rudder repaired.
The steamer North King will leave Davis' dry dock about the middle of next week.
The steamer Varuna, of Trenton, will come to Davis' dry dock next week to receive new machinery which is in readiness.
Several of the Quinte boats have left for Oswego, but will not be able to get through the ice for a day or two. They are the Iona, the Carter, the Reliance and Resolute.
The tug W. Johnson, of Garden Island, Capt. James Dix, celebrated her 65th birthday today by taking on coal at Swift's wharf. Tradition says that this tug made her first trip down the St. Lawrence in 1840. She has gone down to do rafting work at Valleyfield, Que.
Messrs. James Swift & Co., who have owned and operated steamers in the freight and passenger service on the Rideau route between Kingston and Ottawa for the past thirty years and who have for several years past been agents for the Rideau Lakes Navigation Co., are themselves contemplating putting a steamer into the freight business, on that route, this season.