The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1866

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p.2 Schooner Minetta - The schooner Minetta, from Gananoque, is the vessel which tried to make this port a day or two ago, and was driven by the force of the drifting ice into the navy yard for shelter. There is an amusing story current in the city today that the naval authorities instituted a rigid search through the vessel for arms and ammunition, taking her for a Fenian privateer. The Minetta is as harmless as a lamb, but judging from the two-penny half-penny display which the Fenians have made whenever they have thought fit to make any warlike display at all, the search, if search there was, was not so far out of the way as at first sight it would appear to be. The other part of the report, that the crew were arrested and discharged, is "a pure invention of the enemy."

Man's Leg Broken - A seaman on the barque British Lion, named Stephen Burke, had his thigh bone broken this afternoon on the Railway Wharf. Burke with several others was rolling a coil of wire rigging down the incline of the wharf, when the coil became unmanageable, and the others letting go, the entire weight came against Burke, throwing him down and falling on him, breaking his thigh bone as stated. He was immediately taken to his home and medical assistance at once procured.

Steamer Gazelle - The Gazelle has resumed her trips to Garden and Wolfe Islands, the ice being sufficiently broken up, although still partially obstructing the route, to admit of her doing so without any great difficulty.

Schooner Passed Down - A large sized schooner came down from beyond Nine Mile Point this morning and passed downwards along the Wolfe Island shore, where there is a large body of clear, unobstructed water.

The Accident to the Pierrepont - The steamer Pierrepont has been brought round to Anderson and Ford's wharf, where she will remain until the ways at the marine railway are prepared to receive her. In the meantime it is necessary to keep men constantly at the pumps to prevent her from going down.

The Ice - The ice still continues to block up the harbor, but it is getting so very soft that the obstruction is not so formidable as it looks, and steamers come and go with very little drawback beyond a diminution of speed. The Wolfe Island shore is clear along its entire length, leaving a broad passage into the lake and down the river, through which vessels can pass without any impediment being offered to them. A change of wind, however, would alter the case materially for a time.

Steamers Returned - The Rochester and North have returned to port and are preparing for their upward trip. The Rochester went out to try the additions and alterations made to her engine, and her new boiler put in at the Kingston Foundry last winter, and they were found to work well.

p.3 Imports - 17,18.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1866