The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Mar 1875

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p.2 Steamboat For Oswego - the newly amalgamated Richelieu & Royal Mail Steamboat Co. will put a regular boat on Kingston-Oswego route.


Something New In the Arctic Line

We are all of us painfully aware of the severity of the past season, yet for the interest it affords us, and as a chronicle of events for the future, we make a few extracts from the log of Captain A. Eccles' last trip. On Sunday, the 28th of February, he drove, cold as it was, from Wolfe Island to the Main Ducks Island, thirty miles from Kingston, on the ice, for the purpose of inspecting the schooner Star, abandoned last fall and lying stranded. The trip was one never before accomplished; at least if it was, the oldest inhabitant will please speak right out in meeting all about it. The captain found the Star all right, and in the same good condition for recovery as when abandoned last fall. There were seven feet of pretty solid ice in her hold, but she will come off all right, it is expected, in the spring. There is from two and a half to three feet depth of ice on the lake, and it extends far out - so far that no water can be seen from the vessel's masthead, embracing a view of at least fifty miles from Kingston. Captain Eccles is prepared to wager $100 that he can do what has never been dreamt of before - drive over the ice to Oswego. There are none yet incredulous enough to take him up; we believe they are wise, too. Capt. Eccles paid a visit to the recluse, or hermit, who lives on the Ducks. He found that he had suffered greatly from the intense cold in his exposed dwelling, which he asserts to have had no equal in the past fifty years, at any rate. His evidence we accept in this court without scruple, as he is of a qualified age, (86 years,) and is without a dispute "the oldest inhabitant." Mr. Grant avers that since the ice took early in January he has seen no open water, and this was the first time ever any one reached the Island before in winter, either over the ice or by boat. His provisions are scant, and his stock of six heads of cattle almost perished under their cover during the awful January weather. He thinks there will be ice on the lake till the first of June, if not later, but we are not prepared to take his word for that. This winter is going to break up early, we tell you.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Mar 1875