Prince Edward Ferry (1885)
not too much left of her, some gears basically located by shore near Ferry Launch on the West side of the Bay.
Mills Listing #
Year of Build: 1885 Official Number: 80955 CONSTRUCTION AND OWNERSHIP Built at: Deseronto, Ontario
POWER Propulsion: Sidewheel
DIMENSIONS Tonnage (gross): 18 HISTORY First Rebuild: Official Number: 80955 Propulsion: Screw Dimensions: 52 x 18 — 19 tons Rebuilt: in 1922 51x18x3 Owned by W. Powles, Deseronto Ont. 1886, 1917; A. L. Francis, Picton 1921; R. D. McLeod, Picton 1927. From the Collection of: C. Patrick Labadie
IDENTIFICATION Year of Build: 1885 Official Number: 80955 CONSTRUCTION AND OWNERSHIP Built at: Deseronto, ONT Vessel Type: Steamer Note: Catamaran built. Hull Materials: Wood Builder Name: William Evans Original Owner and Location: Edward Welsh, Marysville, ONT POWER Propulsion: Sidewheel Engine Type: High Pressure (including HPNC) # Cylinders: 1 Propulsion Notes: 8 x 36″, 12hp engine by Samuel Hurlbutt, Prescott, ONT. DIMENSIONS Length: 50.8′ Beam: 18.4′ Depth: 3′ Tonnage (gross): 18.22 Tonnage (net): 11.84 HISTORY
1885, Nov 27 Owned William Powles, Indian Reservation, Hastings County, ONT.
1911, Jun 24 Owned T.C. Fraser, Adolphustown. 1912, May 23 Owned William Powles, Picton, ONT.
1919, Mar 13 Owned Hugh McWilliams, Picton. 1921, May 23 Owned Albert L. Francis, Picton; 20hp Smalley gasoline engine, 1911. 1923, Aug 4 Owned Robert O. McLeod, Picton.
1924, Fall Rebuilt; 19.17 gross tons. 1928, Sep 6 Registry closed, “Hull broken up & abandoned”.
Selection of News Articles #
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 19, 1877
The ferry steamer Prince Edward makes her trips as usual Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 14, 1878
p.3 The ferry boat Prince Edward made her first trip on Tuesday.
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1884
p.1 District Dashes – The old ferry steamer Prince Edward was burned to the water’s edge at Belleville last Tuesday, owned by Mr. Jellett and worth $3,500
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 188
The Bay Is Closed – The Varuna has laid up at Trenton for the season. She managed to cut through the ice yesterday to Picton, but there is more money lying at the dock than running under such disadvantages. Navigation last year practically closed on November 29th, and the ferry Prince Edward stopped running on Dec. 2nd.
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Mar 1870
P. 2, schooner Advance being rebuilt; steamers St. Helens and Ottawa and ferry boat Prince Edward being refitted. [Belleville Intelligencer]
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1874
p.3 Belleville, 3rd – The bay is now clear of ice in front of the town. The ferry steamer Prince Edward will commence her regular trips to the opposite shore tomorrow morning.
Daily British Whig 1850, 12 Aug 1916 P9