p.2 Our Peregrinations - The unexpected early opening of the Navigation has taken us so much by surprise, that we find ourself unprepared with our usual elaborate article on the preparations making in this Port, for the business of the season on the Lakes and River.
We regret to have to state that in consequence of the aspect of the times we have but little to say on the subject: and that little we shall endeavour to give in as few words as possible.
Macpherson & Crane are now busy fitting out their stock for Lakes and River, which consists of the same number of Steamers, Schooners and Barges as last year, with the addition of a large new Schooner, now building at St. Catherines, of about 280 tons burden, to be called the California. This vessel is of that class suitable for both Lake and River navigation, and will have the Mediterranean Lateen rig something new on these waters - and considered very suitable. The steamer Beaver will be again placed as a Passage Boat on the Rideau Canal, making two trips a week in connection with the new Steamer Phoenix. The Prince Albert will also be placed on the Canal Route, as formerly.
Hooker, Henderson & Co. will also continue to do their business with the same stock as last season, with the addition of the fine new fast tow-boat St. Lawrence, which will tow on the front route. This boat, with their fine large new barges, will do a large amount of business.
H. & S. Jones & Co. will, we understand, do the most of their business at Port Sydney, a Wharf and Storehouse about two miles below Kingston, on the St. Lawrence. They will add nothing new to their stock, excepting a large Lake and River Schooner now building at Sorel.
The Quebec Forwarding Company will also do its business with the same stock as last year, under the management of Mr. Donald McIntosh, who will act also as General Shipping Agent.
McCuaig & Co. having sold the steamer Transit, will have their barges towed by Calvin, Cook & Co., who are to place two of their tow boats on the River.
J.L.M. Miller & Co. of Quebec, have made arrangements to run a line of steamers and sailing vessels between Quebec, Montreal, Bytown, Kingston, and other Western ports, in connection with Calvin, Cook & Co. of Garden Island.
The River Mail Line, consisting of the Passport, Highlander, Canada, and Gildersleeve, are all being fitted out, the latter boat will start on Monday next, running for a few days only to Dickenson's Landing. This Line being so well known to the travelling public, neither boats nor Captains require any notice from us.
The New Era, chartered by this line, will be placed on the Lake: being a new and splendid boat, with all the modern improvements, she cannot fail to become a favorite.
The Lake Mail Line - We have not yet heard the arrangements made by this Line, but have no doubt they will be found as complete as usual. [Argus]