The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Mar 1902

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Pierrepont Reached Nine Mile Point

The steamer Pierrepont was successful yesterday afternoon in breaking through the ice to Nine Mile Point, and opening navigation at this port. The steamer left the ferry wharf at 11:40 a.m., and returned at 4:30 p.m., having made excellent time. The course taken by Capt. Allen was out towards Point Frederick, then up the harbor on the Wolfe Island side, across towards Rockwood, and thence south to Nine Mile Point. Ice was encountered all the way, the thickest a little above Snake Island, where it was a foot in depth. Within a short distance of Nine Mile Point, open water was encountered, and a clear stretch could be seen right across to the United States shore.

It was declared by all those who prophesy that the Pierrepont could never break through the harbor, and as a result there are many false and discredited prophets today. Never before did the Pierrepont start out when no open water was to be seen. Yesterday it was ice all the way. The old gunboat appears in new raiment, and never looked so youthful and gay before. A new smoke stack has also replaced the old one.

The steambarge Hinckley was the second boat to leave Kingston harbor. She cleared today for Oswego, N.Y., to load coal for this port. In December, the Hinckley followed in the track of the steamer New Island Wanderer from Cape Vincent to Kingston. There were then two or three inches of ice from Nine Mile Point down.

According to a diary in the office of W.G. Craig & Co., navigation opened here on the following dates in the past sixteen years: 1886, April 8th; 1887, April 12th; 1888, April 11th; 1889, March 27th; 1890, March 26th; 1891, March 31st; 1892, April 4th; 1893, April 10th; 1894, March 15th; 1895, April 13th; 1896, April 14th; 1897, April 1st; 1898, March 13th; 1899, April 10th; 1900, April 10th; 1901, April 8th; 1902, March 24th. In 1898 the wind blew the ice out of the harbor in a night, and the Pierrepont had no work to do that spring.

Tomorrow morning the Pierrepont will break a passage into Garden and Wolfe Islands.

It is expected that navigation will open this spring on the Rideau nearly a month earlier than usual.

The sloop Idlewild underwent the same fate as the steamer New York. The oakum was drawn from her seams by the ice, and the little vessel sank in a slip near the locomotive works. She was raised after half a day's pumping.

p.6 Judgement For Capt. Davis - Justice Falconbridge, today, gave judgement in the case of the Kingston dry-dock company, represented by J.H. Davis, against the Rideau Lake navigation company, and D.A. Noonan, for $1,217 for repairs to the Rideau Queen and James Swift, vessels of the latter company.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Mar 1902