Swift's wharf: steamer Aletha from Picton and bay ports.
The Rideau Lakes Navigation company's service begins May 1st.
Sloop Laura D. cleared from Crawford's for Amherst Island with soft coal.
The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company commence running their Hamilton and Montreal steamers on May 1.
The steamer Gordon Campbell is being brightened up with a coat of paint while waiting to enter the drydock.
The S.S. Simla, of the Calvin company's fleet left last night on her initial trip of the season, for Marquette for iron ore.
The steamships Burma and India cleared from Garden Island last night on their first trip of the season, for Toronto for timber.
Of Attention on Great Lakes to Safe Navigation.
Ottawa, April 17th - Commander Spain, in his annual report to the department of marine and fisheries, with respect to shipping casualties, says:
"I found, on enquiring into matters in different localities of the lakes, that it was necessary that strict investigation should be held as far as possible, as in some instances the lack of even moderate attention to the safe navigation of vessels was deplorable. The masters, officers and seamen who man Canadian vessels on the Great Lakes are, as a rule, skillful and intelligent, and compare most favorably with their confrers on salt water, but there is no doubt that enquiries into casualties should be held in the same manner as on the sea coast."