The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1867

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p.2 The Harbor - The ice in the harbor is now so strong that people are walking and skating on it at all points. The steamers are still, however, able to pass in and out through the channels they have made.

The Pierrepont made a channel on Wednesday down to St. John's Island, and towed up two vessels, a schooner and a lumber-laden brig, which were frozen in. They now lie at the G.T. Railway wharf.

The Pierrepont left yesterday morning for South Bay to render assistance to the schooner Jennie Rumball, frozen in there. The Watertown arrived from the Cape on Wednesday night, with a large lot of freight, and will perhaps proceed also to the assistance of the Jennie Rumball this morning.

The Batteau Channel is full of thick ice, and the Watertown had to go to the Cape by the head of Simcoe Island. She found great difficulty in breaking her way through the ice in the American Channel, and only reached within a short distance of the Cape. The goods were brought to the boat over the ice. She sustained such damage to her wheels that she was obliged to remain at her dock yesterday for repairs.

The mails are carried to Cape Vincent by ice boats. Foot passengers are continually crossing from Wolfe and Garden Island. The channels made by the boats towards the Island are frozen over.

The Hamilton Times says:-

Apprehensions are entertained for the safety of the new schooner Persia, launched at this port last season, and commanded by Capt. James Hughes. The Persia left Oswego light for Hamilton in the fore part of the week, and was driven into Kingston by stress of weather. The owner, Mr. Dunlop, received a despatch that she sailed again on Wednesday, since which nothing further had been heard of her.

-Imports - 18,19.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1867