After the str. Pierrepont concluded her trip to Garden Island Saturday, she returned to the ferry wharf and went into winter quarters. This is the earliest date in a great number of years that the steamer has been forced by the ice to lay up. Last season she ran up to the 4th of January, which was Saturday. For two weeks prior to that date she could not reach Wolfe Island, but during Friday night a south-west wind drove all the ice out of the harbor, and on Saturday the Pierrepont steamed into the village wharf. Sunday morning everybody was surprised to see the river bridged over, and on Monday morning islanders crossed to the city.
This season the first "take" was much firmer, and when the weather slackened up somewhat, the stiff westerly wind was unable to drive the ice out of the harbor completely. It succeeded, however, in packing it up closely in the mouth of the Cataraqui river, where the frost on Saturday and Sunday cemented the floes into a solid mass and completed the bridging as far west as Snake Island. In the east the first take remained intact and is as clear as crystal. The Pierrepont experienced great difficulty in crossing on Saturday.
At eight o'clock this morning Capt. C. Hinckley, with a horse and rig rented from Elder Bros., drove across to Wolfe Island for the mails.....
On Saturday Capt. James Allen celebrated the forty-sixth anniversary of his birthday and also the annual successful laying up of his charge, the old reliable Pierrepont.
p.4 General Paragraphs - The str. Pierrepont, on her Saturday trip, cut through ice five feet in thickness. Broken pieces had been forced under one another until the thickness was as stated.