The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1877

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p.3 Breaking The Ice

As announced yesterday the attempt to open navigation by breaking the ice was resumed this morning by the steamer Pierrepont. So great was the interest taken in the event, a large number of people congregated on the wharves watching the progress of the boat, and much excitement prevailed. A start was made at nine o'clock from the Ferry Wharf, the intention being to get up to Swift's wharf and break the ice to let the tug Franklin out. This was accomplished after about an hour's labor. The Pierrepont had out a long line, and about a hundred young fellows went on the ice and took hold of it, thus assisting in towing the boat. After a good number of attempts the wharf was reached, with one mishap, only one man getting a slight ducking, and then the work of getting out the Franklin began. The ice was about a foot thick, and the tug being hemmed in, it was some time before she was got out. At last, however, she was free, and the two boats went down to the Ferry wharf, from which they both started for the island. The ice here was about 18 inches thick, and after nearly an hour's hard labour by the two boats, a passage was effected. Clear water having been reached, the Pierrepont proceeded to Cape Vincent by way of the Batteau Channel, where no doubt she arrived safely. Navigation may now be said to be opened, although the ice will not probably be gone for several days. Steam was got up on the Maud today, and several improvements have been made upon her, which will make her more popular than ever.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1877