The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1866

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p.2 The Ice Blockade - "The blockade of the harbor by drifting ice still continues..."

The Ferry Steamers - The steamer Watertown is still making one trip per day to Cape Vincent, and occasional trips to Wolfe and Garden Islands, the ferry steamer Gazelle not having been able to leave on account of the ice that intervenes between the city and these latter places.

Schooner In The Ice - The small sailing craft which tried to work her way into the harbor yesterday had to call a halt off Point Frederick, where she remained all night a prisoner in the very thick of the blockade.

Miscellaneous - The ice still continues to block up the harbor, moving its position somewhat with every trifling change of wind. The small sailing craft which tried to get in here yesterday, and which lay in the ice all night off Point Frederick, has got round into safe quarters at the navy yard, where she will most likely remain until the ice moves in her favor. A small sailboat started from Wolfe Island this morning and sailed through the open water, her passengers then undertaking the very difficult job of propelling her through the drift ice. She made fearfully slow time, and was some hours in reaching the harbor.

First Steamer Inwards - Messrs. Calvin and Breck's tug steamer Hercules came over to the city this afternoon, and made the Locomotive and Machinery Company's Wharf, near the Marine Railway. She brought over a number of the Garden Island workmen in the absence of the ferry steamer Gazelle, the latter not being able to get through the ice.

First Propeller Outwards - The propeller North, belonging to the firm of Chaffey & Co., left port this morning for Gananoque, to take on wood for her upward trip to Chicago and other American lake ports.

Steamer Pierrepont - The steamer Pierrepont having had her repairs completed was launched this morning from the Marine Railway. There was a good deal of ice at the spot where she was run in, and either from this or some other as yet unascertained cause, a hole was stove in her bottom, causing her partially to sink, and which will necessitate her being again hauled out to repair the damage, which it is thought a day or two will set right.

Barques For The Lakes - The barques Robert Gaskin and British Lion are now taking in ballast, preparatory to starting for the American lake ports. The intention is that they shall both leave on Thursday afternoon, if possible.

Steamer Rochester - The Rochester was to have made a run downwards this afternoon, returning again to port this evening to be ready to leave for her destination on Thursday evening.

The Bay of Quinte - There is still a good deal of unbroken ice up the Bay of Quinte. Between Howard's and the Gap about four miles of unbroken ice still holds fast, and about the same extent between the Gap and Bath. Big Bay, near Belleville, is said to be open, and the ferry steamer running. It is the intention to start the steamer Bay of Quinte on her first regular trip towards the close of this week should the state of the ice permit.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1866