St. Ignace, April 11 - The much taklked of and long looked for ice crusher St. Ignace arrived here last night at 10:00 and was met at her new dock by nearly the entire population of the city. The gallant boat was at once boarded and inspected by everybody, and all are proud of the namesake of their city.
Capt. Boynton says: "we had only 25 miles of clear water since leaving the river, and the ST. IGNACE walked through the entire distance of ice, which varied from 2 ft. in thickness to windrows nearly 20. Only once was the boat stopped by the ice and that was when she stuck a windrow as high as her boaw, but I backed the forward wheel and she went through it like a steer through a corn field. The entire run could have been made without a stop but for the heating of the machinery, which made it necessary to stop several times to let it cool. I have expected a good deal from the boat from the start, but she more than meets my expectations, and I am satisfied that there can't get ice enough in the straits to stop her."
The ice is as solid as it was last January and varies in thickness from 31 inches up, so that the ST. IGNACE has had a severe test, probably as great as she will have in years to come. People here are jubilant, as all are satisfied that the passage of the Straits in winter, on which the future of our growing city has depended to a certain extent, is a settled question. The ALGOMAH became fast in the ice last night and the ST. IGNACE has gone to her relief.
St. Ignace, April 11 - Alick Kewandaway, an Indian resident of the north shore came to the city yesterday and was celebrating the arrival of the ST. IGNACE. In the evening he got pretty full and fell off the pier, breaks his neck.
April 11, 1888
The Ice-Crusher ST. IGNACE.
Built by the Detroit Dry Dock Company, Detroit, Mich.
Attention is attracted just at present to the ferry steamer ST. IGNACE, which has been making regular trips across the Straits of Mackinac winter and summer for several years, on account of information that the Detroit Dry Dock Company has contracted with the Michigan Central, Grand Rapids & Indiana and the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic railroad companies to build a larger and more powerful boat on the same plans. The ST. IGNACE is believed to be the only vessel of the kind in the world and as the boat has no trouble in making her way through from three to five feet of ice, the new steamer carries with it the suggestion of a polar expedition. The ST. IGNACE is 230 feet over all, 53 feet wide and 25 feet molded depth. The two sternwheel engines are 28 ½ and 53 by 48 inches stroke and the two bow-wheel engines are 26 and 48 by 42 inches. Her hull is 30 inches thick, steel sheathed. The new steamer will be 300 feet over all, 52 feet beam, 25 feet molded depth and will have 17 feet draft of water. She will have a propeller in each end, same as the ST. IGNACE, and be driven by separate compound engines, having a total capacity of 4,000 horse power. Four double-end boilers will furnish the steam for the main engines and the many auxiliaries, winches, capstans, electric lighting plants, etc. The auxiliary engines in the ST. IGNACE number twenty.
The additional size and engines will give the new steamer 40 per cent. more carrying capacity and one-third more power. She will be housed in to protect the cars from heavy weather, and accommodations for the crew will be on the upper deck. The contract price is said to be $325,000. The dry dock company will give the ST. IGNACE an overhauling as soon as the new boat is put in commission. The first cargo carried over the Straits by the ST. IGNACE was eight locomotives of seventy tons each.
The Marine Review
March, 3, 1892