The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Dec 1910

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p.6 The Ice Is Floating About - ferry running.

Incidents of the Day - str. Pierrepont delayed by ice and headwinds coming from Cape.

Capt. John Grant appeared in the city yesterday after laying up the steamer Tuscarora at Buffalo.

Dec. 24, 1910

p.1 str. Pierrepont blocked in by ice at Cape Vincent harbor.

p.4 At Alexandria Bay the contract for rebuilding the steam yacht Louise, owned by George C. Boldt, whose summer house is located on Wellesley Island, opposite this resort, has been let to Hutchison Bros.

Armaments on the Lakes - centenary of Treaty of Ghent and removal of armaments from lakes discussed. [Toronto Mail]



Steamer Pierrepont Had A Tedious Trip.

It took the steamer Pierrepont over four and a half hours to come from Cape Vincent on Friday. She left the Cape at 10:45 o'clock, and it was nearly 3:30 o'clock when she reached Folger's wharf. The Pierrepont came by the foot of the island, and was detained an hour by the ice. The run up the river was accomplished with ease, as the river was not frozen across, there being a good strip of clear water towards the south shore of Wolfe Island. When Cedar Island was reached, however, the Pierrepont's troubles began, and it took three quarters of an hour to break a passage through to the city, as the ice was three inches thick in places. The passengers, who numbered about one hundred, were most impatient to land, but they had to control themselves and wait till the old ferry boat slowly forced herself through, backing, then attacking and backing again. It was slow work, and there were impatient people on shore as well as on the steamer. When the boat landed, the passengers were more than glad, and wanted to fall over one another in getting off, but the customs officer had to be greeted, and when there is baggage of one hundred passengers to go through, it is no "cinch." One lady was in sore distress, for when she produced her checks, her trunk was not aboard, and it may be several days before it joins her.

The steamer did not return to the Cape yesterday afternoon, as it looked as though the harbor was frozen for good. Many people thought the boat would not be running this late, on account of the extremely cold ten days lately. She was lucky to be operating so close to Christmas. For the Cape route to freeze during the week before Christmas would be a hard blow for the Folger company, for it would mean the loss of fully $1,000. There would have been another one hundred passengers to bring over today had the steamer been able to make her way across. The traffic would also be brisk for two days after Christmas.

Last year the steamer ceased running about New Year's. Horses crossed on the harbor ice on January 5th last. This year, the crossing will be about a week earlier.

This morning early, the steamer Pierrepont made a start for the Cape, around the head of the island, but when it reached open water the sea was rolling so high that the captain had to return. He then tried the river, but his way was blocked by ice around Cedar Island, and the Pierrepont was forced to return to Folger's wharf.


Nearly All Mariners Have Returned.

Every day now brings marine men to their homes in the city to spend the winter. Nearly all the Kingston marine men are now home and as usual they have some great stories to tell about the work of the season.

The rooms of the Masters and Mates association have been opened for the season and old acquaintances are now being renewed. It is now resting time for the mariners - a time when they can meet and talk over old times and they certainly enjoy this.

Christmas time always sees the marine men at their home. The mariner, no matter how late a season he has, always looks forward to getting home for Christmas dinner.

With the exception of the steamer Wolfe Islander and the steamer Pierrepont that veteran vessel of the Folger line, on the Cape Vincent route, all the vessels have been laid up for the winter. These two boats will run just as long as they can, until they are compelled to stop owing to the ice. Already a great deal of ice has formed in the harbor, but not sufficient to stop the steamer Wolfe Islander.

The steambarge Navajo will go into winter quarters. This vessel has the honor of having been the last of the local fleet out on the job, she having made a trip to the wrecked steamer John Sharples early this week. If the weather had been at all favorable the steambarge would have made another trip. However, the Navajo did good work, having succeeded in getting several thousand bushels of corn off her cargo.

Now that the vessels have been laid up for the season, the repair work has commenced, and a great deal of work along this line is being rushed. The M.T. Co.'s yard presents a very busy scene. Work of this kind is carried on all winter in these yards. With such a large fleet of tugs and barges there is also a great deal of repair work to be done and as soon as the vessels are laid up it is commenced.

All the steamers of the Folger line with the exception of the Pierrepont as stated before have been laid up for the season. This work was under the supervision of Arthur Sparham, the genial steward of the steamer America. Mr. Sparham finished up his work this week and left to spend the holidays at home in Brockville.

Are Ready For Business - The new set of ways, which men have been installing at the Thurston shipyard, Alexandria Bay, have just been completed and are ready for business. They are roller ways, 150 feet long and 18 feet wide, and are operated by a 25 horsepower engine. Previous to the installing of these ways, boats more than 100 feet long have had to go to Ogdensburg or Oswego, while these are capable of handling boats 202 feet in length. The cost of the outfit was $2,500. The steambarges Ringleader and Jessie will be drawn out here this week for the winter.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The work of unloading the steamer Seguin, at Richardson's elevator, was completed today.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Dec 1910