The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1876

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p.2 Navigation Notes

The noisy note of preparation is being heard all over the harbour, getting ready for the shortly expected opening of navigation. The Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company have for sometime past been engaged in fitting up the three steamers laid up here, and Mr. Thos. McMahon is doing the painting work in connection with them, Mr. Samuel Jenkins repairing the joiner work. They expect to be ready for work by the 15th of April. Quite a number of schooners are being overhauled, and many will be ready to sail at the earliest opportunity.

We are informed that there is open water visible for a long distance beyond Nine Mile Point, and the ice shows strong indications of breaking up soon. It is getting more shaky every day, and the weight of the snow with the heat of the sun will soon cause the liquid to creep up over the solid.

The opening of navigation this year will probably be about the same as last year, the Pierrepont having gone out on her first trip on the 13th April. The steamer Watertown broke through the ice on the 28th March 1874. Both the Pierrepont and the Watertown crossed over to Cape Vincent on the 16th March, 1871. Navigation opened on the 18th March, 1872, and the Pierrepont crossed to Wolfe Island on the 12th of April, 1873.

The ice in the Cataraqui River seems to have begun to break up. Water was quite visible today.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1876