The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1877

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The Oswego Belle, now lying in the harbour here, will be thoroughly fitted up and placed on the route she ran so successfully last year. The Kincardine, also lying here, will be put on her old route, as soon as the lake and river are open. The Rochester has been refitted and improved; no change of route. The Armenia has become the property of B. Johnston, Esq., and will make daily trips between Belleville and Picton. The Utica has been repaired and improved with a view to an increase of speed; no change of route. The Empress of India has also been improved as regards her running powers, and will continue to be at the command of excursionists. The Alexandra has been overhauled at Mill Point during the winter and will ply between Belleville and Montreal. The Shannon will be run on her old route; she has been repaired. The Norfolk, now lying here, will make alternate trips between Picton and Napanee, and Belleville. The Picton is said to be intended for the same route as last year, between the Bay ports and Montreal. The river is fast opening up, and but a few weeks can now intervene before the resumption of navigation takes place. [Napanee Standard]

p.3 John Collier, of Salmon Point, set his nets ten miles out in the Lake on the 25th Feb., and took them up on the 16th March all right, with a good haul of fish. [Nation]

Opening of Navigation - It was intended that the steamer Pierrepont should make the attempt to break through the ice at four o'clock this afternoon, but the intention was abandoned until tomorrow. The ice is still too thick to risk it, although it looks very bad. The following dates of opening navigation may be interesting: On the 16th of March, 1871, the Watertown crossed to Cape Vincent; navigation opened in 1872 on the 16th of March; on the 12th of April 1873 the Pierrepont crossed to Wolfe Island; on the 28th of March, 1874, the Watertown broke through the ice; in 1875 the steamers crossed to Cape Vincent, the ice being all gone, on the 19th of April; in 1876 the Pierrepont made her first trip to Cape Vincent on the 17th of April. A telegram from Port Colborne says: "Mr. Dunbar's tug Payne got up steam this afternoon, and locked into the harbour from the canal, to break the ice in the basin and place the drills to commence work on his contract. The tug succeeded in getting through the ice without much difficulty. There is a large quantity of ice in the lake off this port without much appearance of it breaking up yet, but a continuance of the favourable weather of the last few days will soon soften it."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1877