The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Apr 1891

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p.1 Wolfe Island, April 8th - ...The Pierrepont smashed her way into Hitchcock's dock last Sunday. She then swung around and signified her intention of breaking through the enormous mass of ice to the canal. Getting up a good head of steam she made a brave run and succeeded in penetrating the frozen mass for about half her length when she stuck. In vain did her great paddlewheels grip the water, throwing off great blocks of ice but she could not force the ice asunder. Did she give up and go back to await the assistance of warm weather? No, the "peer-less punt" never waits for that. She concluded to play 'battering ram', so backing up for some distance she took a fresh start and went at it with all the "bunt" there was in her and succeeded in gaining another length. By repeating this manoeuvre she managed to break a road through to the canal and thence to the (?)


Capt. Michael Kennedy, of Syracuse, is in the city.

The schr. A.J. Rogers is loading 695 tons of coal at Sandusky for this place.

The stewards of the Royal mail line boats have commenced the work of fitting them out.

The schr. Oliver Mowat has been chartered to bring 550 tons of coal from Cleveland for J. Swift & Co.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes will complete her load of rye the last of the week with a rail shipment, which she is waiting for. She then leaves for Buffalo.

The lake tug Walker, with her consorts, and all the river barges belonging to the Montreal Transportation company, will be painted black instead of white as formerly.

The Late Capt. T.F. Allen - 53, born at Cape Vincent; was captain at age of twenty; brother of Capt. James Allen of Pierrepont.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Apr 1891