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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1900

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Steamer Pierrepont Had A Very Unusual Experience.

For the first time in her history the steamer Pierrepont became stuck in ice floes while trying to make her passage from Wolfe Island to the city Saturday morning, having aboard a large number of farmers and considerable freight. These were landed on Point Frederick and reached the city by way of Cataraqui bridge. This reliable old steamer has had many a tight squeeze in the ice floes in trying to open up a passage between the city and the islands in the spring, but Saturday's experience was the first of the kind met with; hitherto she had always been able to make her way through the ice. On this occasion she tried to follow an opening between the two great main bodies of ice, but the wind drove one against the other, barring her passage and lifting her entirely out of the water, ice working its way beneath her hull, holding her fast. Towards evening the wind died out and rendered a passage to the stranded steamer possible. The steamer New Island Wanderer was pressed into commission and after many hours of labor reached the Pierrepont, got a line aboard and towed her to her wharf, which was reached at three o'clock Sunday morning. All the islanders brought across Saturday had to remain in the city over night and to get these home the Pierrepont made a special trip Sunday morning, being able to reach the ferry wharf, Wolfe Island, for the first time this season. Those aboard the steamer when she struck will not soon forget their stirring experience.

Caused Much Suffering - By the mishap to the steamer Pierrepont Saturday much anxiety and suffering ensued. Wolfe Island farmers who drove some distance tied up their horses at the village and there they had to remain for twenty-four hours. Parents left small children at home, many of them enfants, while stock from one end of the island to the other suffered for want of attendance while the farmers were away from home. Such a thing as the possibility of the steamer sticking in the ice never entered into the calculations of the farmers.



Capt. Staley superintended the work of repairing the ? at Richardson's elevator. The work is about completed.

Canvas was bent on the schooners Eliza White and Burton today.

The steamer Jessie Bain entered Davis & Sons' drydock today to receive repairs to her hull.

The steamer Pierrepont started this morning for Cape Vincent by way of the head of the island. She had a large passenger list and a heavy cargo of freight.

The steamer Hero will likely begin her trips on the bay on Wednesday, provided the ice leaves the harbor.

The steamer Ella Ross began today plying between Deseronto and Picton. The bay of Quinte is free of ice.

What The Manager Says.

C.F. Gildersleeve, general manager of the R. & O. navigation company, spent Sunday in the city, returning to Montreal today. He says navigation will open on the St. Lawrence on the 25th inst. The Hamilton and Algerian, commanded by Capts. Baker and Mills, will commence their Hamilton and Montreal trips on May 1st. New feathering wheels have been placed on the Hamilton. The steamer Bohemian has been lengthened by twenty feet, and will start on June 1st from Montreal to connect at Kingston throughout the summer with the Toronto, Capt. Esford, which will be put in commission on June 1st. Extensive improvements have been made in the Spartan. All the woodwork above the iron hull has been replaced with new material. This boat and the Corsican, Capts. Grange and McGraw, will start out on June 15th.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Shaw, of the schooner Fleetwing, has arrived to fit out his craft for the coming summer trade.

The steamer Tecumseh this morning entered the government dry dock to have a new wheel placed in position.

B. McLennan and J.A. Cuttle, directors of the M.T. Co., Montreal, were in the city today overlooking the company's plant.

The steamer William Johnston steamed from Garden Island across to Cartwright's Point this morning in open water. At the point the steamer took aboard a number of passengers for Garden Island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1900