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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1873

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The steamer Pierrepont succeeded in making two trips to Garden Island on Saturday. The ice resisted the power of the boat considerably in the harbour. In different places it was much thicker than many imagined; but once in the channel she made a speedy run. Her return was made in good time. Yesterday she ran across to Garden Island twice, and once to Wolfe Island. This morning the Pierrepont went to Cape Vincent, and the Watertown to the islands. The ice is rapidly disappearing. Had the wind from the north been a little stronger today the harbour would be clear in a couple of days.

Crossing the Bay of Quinte upon ( ) has been abandoned as unsafe, and a channel has been cut from the mouth of the river to the point opposite, and boats are being used to go over with. In all probability the ferry boat will be running early in this week.

Getting A Schooner Off - The schooner Magdala, which was driven ashore on Long Point last fall, has been got off, and arrived at Port Burwell yesterday.

Port Rowan, April 10th - Long Point Bay is all clear of ice this morning. Navigation is now open as far as this port is concerned. A large quantity of ice is visible south of this point. A vessel and a steamer were seen passing down the lake this morning.

Opening of Navigation - The steamer Pierrepont crossed to Wolfe Island on Saturday. The same boat crossed to Cape Vincent on the 20th of April last year, while in 1871, the Watertown made the passage to the Cape as early as the 16th of March.

Outfitting - Shipowners, captains, mariners and forwarders are exhibiting renewed agility in preparing for the opening of navigation. The steamers and vessels are being repainted, and generally outfitted, and their clean and beautiful appearance were the subject of much admiration for several days. Within a week all will be "life and business."

Marine News - The First Tow Of The Season

(Cooper's Marine Report)

Detroit, Mich., April 12th - The tug Prindeville passed here today with three vessels in tow laden with ore bound for Cleveland. This is the first tow of the season.

Squibs - The harbour is becoming clear of ice. It looked somewhat natural to observe the reflection of the sun and moonlight on the rippling water in the channel. The sailors are still on the strike. Their prospects still remain very bleak. Vessels and steamers are flying on the upper lakes. The ice boats are running today. The ferry steamers will make daily trips as soon as the ice in the gaps is broken, and vessels will leave for Hamilton to load staves for Garden Island. Several schooners are "flending" (sic - bending ?) their canvass. The Watertown Times says: The Galloo Islands were sold on Assignee's sale last week, to Gen. S.D. Hungerford, of Adams. The islands contain about 860 acres of lands, on which are some 7,000 fruit trees under good cultivation.


We understand from authentic sources, that the False Ducks has had its landmark - a fine grove of young maples - completely cut down this winter and leaving this island bare. During morning fogs and foggy weather, it was the only guide to Mariners of the island's proximity when the fog is low on the water. The importance of this act can only be fully appreciated by the owners and captains of vessels that congregate in stress of weather in making Long Point and South Bay. Vessels coasting the Southern shore of this county in coming down and going up Lake Ontario find Long Point the most dangerous on the coast, doubly so now on account of an act that the present lighthouse keeper could but know the importance of. There is nothing equal to a grove of woods as a guide to the mariner in foggy weather, as any of them will promptly say, and Mr. Sweetman must have known Timber Island was leased to his father, by the Government, for the purpose of wooding the lighthouse, and said lease was sold by him to another party on the main land; thereby the wood on the False Ducks was substituted until it is now all gone, to the detriment of life and property that may be hereafter stranded there. We understand that the Main Ducks are undergoing the same process in the hands of speculators who hold a lease at a nominal rent from Government, and selling off the wood as fast as possible. We hold that there should be - as of the greatest importance - a stringent law passed retaining at least fifty acres of wood of full grown trees on all islands and prominent points of land as a beacon for mariners, a less quantity than this would naturally die out and be blown down as is known to observers of small groves, but even small groves are more desirable than none at all in such important localities. We hope our Government may make some proper law protecting such points of observation yet left to the mariner, and in that interest of life and property. [Picton Gazette]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1873