p.2 The Steamer Highlander - This splendid Boat is at present in the St. Lawrence Canal, at the East end of this Town, where she had taken up her winter quarters at the closing of the navigation. The contemplated alterations in her dimensions are rapidly progressing - the carpenters being at work for nearly the last month. The stern is rounded off, so as to admit her to pass with ease through the Locks of the Beauharnois Canal, and a tier of staterooms have been commenced and progressed with considerably, upon her promenade deck. Her shape and appearance will thus be much altered, and her accommodations rendered superb. Her speed and power is already acknowledged to be superior to that of any other Boat that "walks the water" between Montreal and Toronto. Captain Stearns - her commander is a "trump" - the crew able and steady, and the Highlander - herself, a general favorite. It is expected weather permitting - that she will commence her trips between Kingston and Lachine, early next month. We wish her every success. [Cornwall Observer]
p.3 The Merchants here have, we understand, made an arrangement with Messrs. Walker & Jones, Forwarders, to have their goods, etc., carried next summer, at the following rates of freight, which it will be observed, are very different from those charged by other parties last year. We believe that other persons, resident in this part of the country, who will agree to give Messrs. Walker & Jones the whole of their carrying business, can likewise have the benefit of the reduced rates:-
FROM BYTOWN TO MONTEAL.
Flour per Brl. 1 6
Ashes " 4 6
Butter per Keg 0 6
FROM MONTREAL TO BYTOWN.
Pig Iron and Coal per cwt. 1 0
Salt per Brl. 1 3
Goods of every description, except those enumerated, and Dry Goods
per cwt. 1 3
Dry Goods " 1 6
Pork per brl. 2 3
Flour " 1 6
Fish " 2 0
FROM KINGSTON TO BYTOWN.
Grain per bushel of 60 lbs. 0 6
Pork per brl. 2 3
Flour " 1 6
Launch at Dundas.
I have just returned from the launch of the truly beautiful schooner lately built in this place for our spirited townsman, James Coleman, Esq. Every thing went off just as the most ardent admirers of such sights could desire.
The day was very fine, remarkably so, for the season: the banks of the canal were crowded by respectable and evidently interested persons; nor was the interest at all lessened by a very fair attendance on the part of the ladies.
The time fixed for the launch was two o'clock, but, in consequence of cutting ice, etc., it did not take place till half past three. Shortly after the discharge of a piece of ordinance (kindly brought to the ground by Lieutenant Kyle, Capt. of Notman's Artillery Company) the word was given, blocks were driven away, the ropes cut, and off she went, in splendid style, amidst the shouts of at least 1,500 spectators.
This fine schooner, named, by request of the owner's townsmen, the James Coleman, is 120 feet in length, 26 in breadth, and burthen 340 tons. She is expected to make her first trip immediately on the opening of navigation.
We understand that the large lock No. 2 is finished, as also the lengthening of the two old locks No. 1 and 2, rendered necessary by the non-completion of the new Lock No. 1 at Port Dalhousie; and that the canal generally is in such a state as to admit of the opening of the navigation on the 1st of April, should the weather prove favorable, and of that the prospect now appears satisfactory. Vessels measuring 138 feet, or even 141, in length, can then pass - the locks being 26 feet 6 inches wide.
Last year the canal was not opened till the 1st of May. [St. Catharines Journal ]