The steambarge Hinckley is the first vessel to engage in freight traffic on the St. Lawrence this season. The vessel has arrived at Alexandria Bay with a cargo of coal from Oswego.
The White Squadron line expect the new addition to their fleet, the steamer Ottawa, to leave Detroit for Kingston as soon as the Welland canal is opened.
Capt. James Swift has returned from a visit with his son, at Chicago, and will sail on the schooner Acacia this summer. He reports fine weather in the Windy City, and says that every available boat is being chartered to carry grain as soon as the lakes are open.
Capt. Melvin Moon will be second mate on the schooner Tradewind this season.
p.7 Gananoque, April 4th - ....The launch Kitty from Thousand Island Park came over yesterday, and reported at the customs office, being the first of the season. The schooner Theodore Voges which has just been refitted and repainted sailed out of the creek yesterday morning....
p.8 Mackinaw Straits Open - Detroit, April 5th - The steamers Pollock and Rhodes passed Mackinaw City, last night, opening navigation for the season through the Straits of Mackinaw. They took the north passage and had very little difficulty getting through. A strong east wind on Thursday drove the ice fields into Lake Michigan.