The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 17, 1871

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p.2 Opening of Navigation - The steamer Watertown left Kingston yesterday afternoon for Cape Vincent, and encountered no especial difficulty in her outward trip across. On her return, however, having started at a late hour, she encountered ice off Four Mile Point, and the night being dark, occasioned some uncertainty in the minds of the Watertown's officers as to the vessel's exact position, and her captain, therefore, determined to remain where he was until enabled by daylight to determine his exact whereabouts. Accordingly, early this morning the Watertown got up steam again and proceeded to Wolfe Island, where she arrived safely. At Wolfe Island she remained long enough, as had been previously arranged, to take on board the members of St. Patrick's society, who intended to celebrate the day with their Kingston brethren. The Watertown arrived here in excellent time this morning, and as she neared the wharf, the fine new flag of the "St. Patrick boys," the lively strains of music and the well dressed crowd on her deck, made up a gay and animated picture, which was fully appreciated by the friends of the "Island boys," who had come to the docks to welcome them, and who received them with cheers. The Watertown started again at half-past ten o'clock for Cape Vincent, having on board many passengers, a number of cattle, and a large mass of other freight.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 17, 1871