The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Welcome (Propeller), in the ice, 26 Apr 1916

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Although far from the cene of submarine activity there is a real thrill in travelling on the Fort Erie ferry stm. WELCOME these days. The heavy flow of ice in the last week or 10 days has compelled the pilot to take a zigzag course in crossing the stream and the heavy fog of yesterday and Monday has put a spice of danger into a trip to or from Canada.
      There were no trips of the boat until 10:00 yesterday morning because of the ice. The fog late in the afternoon made it necessary to cancel one or 2 of the trips. The 4:45 trip from Fort Erie almost ended with the WELCOME jammed against the spiles of the old docks opposite Auburn Ave. on the Canadian side. The boat had just left the Fort Erie dock when its bow was rammed into a heavy field of ice. The 11 mile current at that point swirled the bow around until the steamer was headed for the Canadian shore again. The engines were run full speed astern for several minutes before the danger of hitting the spiles was over.
      In a few minutes the flow was lighter and the steamer crossed the river without first landing at the Fort Erie dock. There were about 20 passengers and one automobile aboard.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 26, 1916 7-3

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Reason: in the ice
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Remarks: Uninjured
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Welcome (Propeller), in the ice, 26 Apr 1916