The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1867

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p.2 The Harbor - (part) The steamer Pierrepont, which left on Thursday morning to tow into port the schr. Jennie Rumball, frozen and helpless at Timber Island, had to break her way through tough ice all that distance, 31 miles - a most difficult feat. On her return, also, she had to cut a new channel, and met with extreme obstacles, having the vessel in tow, which she had rescued with some trouble. At one point, during Thursday night, where the ice began to move, both steamer and tow were pressed by the "shove." The Pierrepont luckily was not injured, and spent two hours extricating herself and the vessel. Yesterday morning about daybreak, both boats reached Snake Island, where they anchored, sending the mate of the steamer ashore to report that the Pierrepont was out of wood, and that with the iron plating worn off her bows she could not proceed any further. The mate reached the shore just in time to see the ice move, and a large channel opened where he had crossed. Yesterday afternoon the steamer Watertown, having had her wheels repaired, went to the assistance of both vessels, and brought the Jennie Rumball into the harbor. The Pierrepont was able to make her way alone, having procured wood on Simcoe Island.

-The small schooner Lydia Ann, from Oswego to Ogdensburg with coal, went ashore last week at Stony Point, and vessel and cargo are a total loss. The vessel was owned by Capt. Rodgers. No insurance on either vessel or cargo.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1867