The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1900

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(available on microfilm at Kingston-Frontenac Public Library, and at Queen's University - Stauffer Library)

Jan. 2, 1900

p.5 A Successful Launch - On Friday afternoon last, a new crib for the locomotive works was launched at the side of the main wharf without damage to the structure. It was considered quite an undertaking, but the builder, W.J. Gates, has had ong experience at this work and many of the best wharves in the city were constructed under his supervision.

(see Toronto Star Jan. 2, 1900 p.5 for " Out of Date Ice Boats " - Eskimo Ice boat at Kingston.)

Jan. 3, 1900

p.6 Incidents of the Day - Today will probably end the steamer Pierrepont's traffic to the islands. The harbor is pretty well frozen over.

Jan. 4, 1900

p.2 A Steel Ice Yacht - M. Davis, of Davis & Sons, ship-builders, stated this morning that it was a wonder to him why some of the ice yachtsmen did not have steel yachts built. He thinks that a yacht of this description would be a great improvement on the wooden ones. Steel one eighth of an inch thick could be used for the construction, and the cost would not be much more than for the building of the present yachts. If Mr. Davis can find time, he may build one for an experiment. It would be lighter than the wooden ones, and greater speed could be obtained.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Pierrepont was able to run across near to the islands today, but could not get to the wharves.

Jan. 5, 1900


Jan. 6, 1900



Ogdensburg, Jan. 6th - The steamer Coaster, Cape Vincent, attempted to go back up the St. Lawrence, but found the river too fall of floating ice. The Coaster came here Saturday with a cargo of baled hay. On arrival she found the harbor blocked with ice. The captain was unable to reach shore.

The Coaster began working in the ice at the lower end of the bar and succeeded in cracking off a large field, when she entered and unloaded her cargo.

The Coaster tried to make her way up, but, encountering the floating ice, was driven into a slip at Prescott. The Coaster has another cargo of hay to bring here before going into winter quarters, and unless the severe spell continues she will make the attempt to deliver the balance of the hay.

p.4 Marysville, Wolfe Island, Jan. 5th - A trip to the city now is refreshing and romantic - walking, driving or ice boating over the congealed service, then boarding the staunch old iron-clad Pierrepont, that, like a huge arctic seal, runs her nose above the ice and bears it down with her immense weight, while with his flappers (side-wheel) she dispels the frozen fragments with a sound that resembles the distant booming of cannon, mingled with the nearer rattle of musketry. One feels like cheering her and her gallant crew for the brave battle they are waging with the conquering ice king. It would pay all Kingstonians to take a farewell trip to the islands - but let every "tenderfoot" take first cabin accommodation.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jan 1900