The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Apr 1905

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p.1 Ice Has Gone - Port Huron, Mich., April 10th - reports from Goderich, Point Clark and other ports on Canadian shore state that ice is practically gone.

p.2 The Day's Episodes - The steamer Fawcett is the first local steamer to move out. On Saturday she ran down through the open water from Garden to near Wolfe Island, to test her machinery, which has been improved.

Personal Mention - Capt. W.W. Spencer, Sr., Oswego, N.Y., is dead. He was seventy-four years of age and a well-known lake captain.



Steamer Fawcett Came Across The Harbor This Morning.

At twenty minutes past eleven o'clock, this morning, the steamer Fawcett reached Swift's wharf, having come across from Garden Island in thirty-five minutes. Navigation thus opens here three days later than a year ago, when the steamer Pierrepont broke open the harbor on April 7th. The Fawcett first made a trip down the Wolfe Island Bay, but did not make a landing. She then started back and headed for the city. The ice was weak, and little trouble was experienced. The steamer came steadily across and met a section of fairly thick ice, only near the buoy south-west of Swift's wharf. After backing a few times and attacking the ice at full speed, a passage through it was soon made, and it was not long before the Fawcett was close to the wharf. A number of passengers were brought across. Beyond the breaking of a wheel chain, no damage was sustained by the steamer. Navigation is thus open a week earlier than anticipated a month ago, but the mild weather of several weeks made the ice very weak. The steamer Pierrepont, had it been there, would have opened the harbor nearly a week ago, as she is a better ice-breaker than the Fawcett, owing to different construction of the bow. The Fawcett returned at three o'clock this afternoon, and was to break a passage into the Wolfe Island wharf.

To Start For The Cape

This afternoon at four o'clock the steamer New Island Wanderer was to make a trip to Wolfe Island to bring over the Cape Vincent passengers. Tomorrow morning she will start out in an attempt to reach the Cape by way of the river. This is much open water between here and the foot of the island. The Wanderer is said to be a good ice breaker in the spring, though in the early winter, she would not be of much account in that business.

April 11, 1905

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Rosemount will leave Goderich about the 15th, probably for Fort William. Engineer Taylor and Second Engineer Dunn arrived there from Kingston on Monday.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The steamer New Island Wanderer did not start for Cape Vincent, this morning, as expected, as it was rather foggy. She will probably get away tomorrow if the weather is clear. Today she made a trip to Wolfe Island and brought over the Cape passengers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Apr 1905