LAKE TRADE, ETC.
Welland Canal - The prospect of an increased business this season is truly cheering, if the following list of the number of vessels of all descriptions which have daily passed the canal since its first opening, on the 2nd instant, affords correct evidence whereon to ground our anticipations. That the number will be increased there is little doubt, for it is not probable that merchants and forwarders were at all prepared for such an early opening of navigation:
2nd day 1 10th day 14
3rd 6 11th 9
4th 5 12th 10
5th 9 13th 22
6th 19 15th 12
8th 10 16th 15
9th 13 17th 11
Making a total of 156 vessels - 106 of which were schooners, and the other 50 scows.
[St. Catharines Journal]
The Highlander arrived here on Tuesday morning last. She plies at present between Cornwall and Coteau - in a few days the Canal will be open, when a regular communication will be open between Montreal and Kingston. [Cornwall Observer]
p.3 For Bytown - The Steamer Beaver, will leave for Bytown and intermediate ports, on Thursday afternoon the 25th instant at 2 o'clock.
Kingston, 24th April, 1844. Macpherson and Crane.
Ice Out Of Mackinaw Straits - Buffalo, April 16th - The propeller Porter, Capt. Gager, arrived at St. Clair flats, on the 10th inst., from Chicago. She encountered considerable ice in the Straits at Mackinac, but it was broken up and floating. The Porter, which is heavily loaded with flour, etc., got stuck on the St. Clair flats, and the Free Press of the 12th says a lightener had gone up to help her off.
The last trip of the propeller Hercules, to Detroit and back in four days and a half, bringing down a cargo of 2,000 bbls. of flour, convinces us of the great value of this class of vessels. There are but few of our Steamboats that could carry so large a cargo without the greatest inconvenience, and the speed of almost any would be abated to a very great degree by such a load.
FOR MONTREAL DIRECT - The new steamer Caledonia, built expressly for the route, will leave for Montreal and intermediate ports, on Wednesday the 1st May, at 2 o'clock, P.M. For freight or passage, having superior accommodation, apply to the Captain on board or to Macpherson & Crane. Kingston, 24th April, 1844.