The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1867

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p.2 Severe Frost - ...The two ferry steamers Watertown and Pierrepont are in difficulties; the former aground between Wolfe and Garden Islands, and the latter alongside of her, unable to back out for the ice or go forward lest she also might get aground.

p.3 From Garden Island - The Steamer Watertown Aground - The steamer Watertown in passng Wolfe and Garden Islands on the afternoon of Wednesday struck on a Bar near the Big Rock. The crew, in connection with assistance from Garden Island, worked all night with the thermometer below zero in trying to get her off, but could not effect it, in consequence of the low water caused by a heavy north-east wind. She will probably be got off without difficulty when the wind shifts. The Pierrepont is alongside all right, and not aground, but cannot go ahead without running aground, and cannot reverse on account of the ice being so thick. She will be able to get away, on the wind shifting so as to admit of her getting underway downwards. The wind at present is keeping her alongside of the Watertown. The passengers for Cape Vincent left via Wolfe Island yesterday, except the ladies and express which left the same way early this morning.

The crew of the Watertown crossed to Garden Island on the ice, which is about four inches thick, for the purpose of borrowing hand sleighs to convey the lady passengers to Wolfe Island.

Garden Island, 3 p.m. - The steamer Watertown is afloat and will probably soon get clear of the ice.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1867