Navigation has opened in the Kingston harbor, the steamer Wolfe Islander making the trip over from Garden Island, late on Thursday afternoon. The veteran ice-breaker was given quite a warm reception by the little gathering at the wharf at the time.
This year the opening was earlier than a year ago, when the Wolfe Islander made the trip over on April 6th, and in 1908 the opening was made on the same date. The boat was running all day, Good Friday, and was a great convenience to the many who wanted to come over to the city. The farmers on the islands were very much pleased to know that the start had been made, as they were anxious that the route be opened up in time for the big Easter market.
The steamer Wolfe Islander has been undergoing extensive repairs during the winter, and was looking spick and span when she pulled into the wharf, at the foot of Clarence street. The ice was very heavy in places, but the trip was made with very little difficulty. The steamer has been given a fine coat of paint, both inside and out and the cabin has undergone a thorough renovation.
The following is a list of the dates for the opening of navigation in the Kingston harbor for several years past, which will be of interest to readers:
1910 March 24th
1909 April 6th
1908 April 6th
1907 March 28th
1906 April 4th
1905 April 10th
1904 April 11th
1903 March 14th
1902 March 24th
1901 April 8th
1900 April 9th
1899 April 10th
1898 March 13th
1897 April 1st
1896 April 14th
The harbor is fast being cleared of ice, and it is expected that in the course of a day or so, that it will be all gone. The wind on Friday was a great help in the breaking up of the ice. Late in the afternoon there was a large area of open water where, earlier in the day, it was all ice. It was indeed a fine sight to see the fine blue water again.
At six o'clock on Friday morning, the steamer Pierrepont started out on her first trip of the season to Cape Vincent, and it was expected that she would be able to make the trip all right. Capt. Robert Carnegie was in charge, with David Cummings as mate and Thomas Mills purser. There were a number of passengers.
The steamer Argyle, which is undergoing a rehauling, will ply between Whitby, Port Hope, Newcastle, Bowmanville and other north shore ports.
Albert H. Mowry is negotiating with the Hart Transportation company, Green Bay, Wis., for the placing of a boat on the Oswego, Kingston, Clayton and Alexandria Bay route.
p.15 photos of launch of four masted schooner and steamer in empty drydock at Kingston.