OPENING OF THE NAVIGATION.
We noticed in our last the partial breaking up of the ice in Kingston harbor, and we have now the pleasure to announce that it has apparently taken its final departure. The wind yesterday blowing a light breeze from the East, drifted the ice into the Lake. The steamer Princess Royal, Capt. Colcleugh, left this port for Cobourg and Toronto on Monday morning, working her way through the ice with considerable difficulty, as she was not out of sight at 5 o'clock P.M. The steamer Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Bowen, left Kingston for Dickinson's Landing yesterday morning, as advertised, and returned last evening from Prescott, the steamer's lower rudder pin having broken. The Oneida came into port yesterday afternoon from Ogdensburgh. The Kingston, Capt. Harrison, will probably commence her regular trips on the Bay of Quinte tomorrow.
The splendid new steamer Canada, one of the River Mail boats, arrived here yesterday afternoon from Dickinson's Landing, in 11 hours, with 250 of the discharged men from the 4th and 5th Battalions Militia, lately disbanded. The Canada came up the rapids with the greatest ease. We are informed by a passenger that she ran the distance between Prescott and Brockville, (12 miles,) against the current, in 52 minutes. The Canada is a beautiful model and finished in the best style, and from the speed of her trial trip promises to be as swift as any on the river. Her enterprising owner, the Hon. John Hamilton, has spared no expense in fitting her up for the comfort of passengers, and it must be highly gratifying to him that she has proved so successful. Her conveniences are not surpassed by any steamer on these waters, and as the route is now to extend to Coteau du Lac, passing through all the rapids on the downward trip - it will be a most delightful one for the travelling public.
The Canada is under the command of our old friend, Capt. Lawless whom we are happy to see afloat again.
The City of Toronto, Capt. Dick, arrived this morning, about 11 o'clock, from Toronto and Cobourg.
The steamer Brockville has undergone a thorough repair at the Railway during the winter, and will be ready in a few days to take her place on the River route, under the charge of her favorite Commander, Capt. Maxwell.
In a short time we will be enabled to announce the Summer arrangements of the various steamers, and we think we are justified in saying that the class of steamers navigating the North side of Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence, are not surpassed by any in the world in point of safety and comfort. For this the travelling community are chiefly indebted to the enterprize of a Hamilton, a Bethune and a Dick. The following notice of a new steamer built by Mr. Bethune, to run between Toronto and Hamilton, we copy from a late number of the Colonist.
"Steamer Admiral - This vessel made a trial trip from Niagara to Lewiston yesterday, and performed the distance, - seven miles, - against the current, in 31 1/2 minutes, and deducting 1 1/2 minutes for a slight derangement of the engine, in 33 minutes. She has, we are informed, made her first trip in less time than any other boat built by the Niagara Dock Company. The speed attained was at the rate of about 14 1/2 miles per hour. The Admiral will, we believe, be ready to commence her trips in about ten days."
We wish them all success, and we hope an abundant reward will crown the enterprise of their owners.
p.3 Public Improvements - The light house at Long Point is nearly half way up, and will shortly be completed.
The works at Port Dover Harbour are also going ahead. [Hamilton Express]
New Schedule of Tolls on Rideau - Committee of Executive Council gives seven reasons why the government will not go back to old toll schedule. [Montreal Gazette]
BAY OF QUINTE
The Steam Boat
Has commenced her regular Trips between Kingston and the head of the Bay of Quinte, as follows:-
Leaves Greer's Wharf, Kingston on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 9 o'clock A.M.
Leaves the Head of the Bay on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Touching at Amherst Island, and the usual places on the way up and down.
Kingston, April, 1843.