The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Sat. April 20, 1918

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Navigation Open

Unless unforeseen conditions arise, navigation will officially open between Cape Vincent and Kingston, Ontario, Monday. The steamer Missosqui at her dock in Kingston with steam up ready to make her first journey through the ice still floating down the channel, and if nothing prevents, it is planned to inaugurate her ferry service Monday morning.

The steamer has been thoroughly overhauled during the winter. Deck space has been provided for five automobiles and the boat is ready for the summer’s traffic. As soon as the service has been established for the season a time card will be issued by the New York Central.

The boat will probably connect with the morning and evening trans. Since the break up, transportation to and from Kingston has been uncertain and often a precarious adventure. Ice scows as they are termed are employed after the crossing becomes unsafe the boats being shoved on runners where the ice is firm and taking to the water like a duck when the ice breaks.

soon as the lake and river are sufficiently free from ice to permit navigation and steamer Hinckley will leave her pier at Oswego and distribute the buoys and markers along the American channel of the St. Lawrence. The Hinckley gathered in the buoys last fall when the lake waterways were officially closed.

The American channel forms the principal avenue of transportation through the Thousand Island region. With the placing of the buoys the various lighthouses will again send their beams into the night, and fog whistles will warn mariners off the shoals on murky days.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Sat. April 20, 1918