History

The Mystery Boat of Cape Vincent

Story, long told with apparent authority, becomes the grist for myth, and myth becomes legend. Legend spiced with a modicum of truth, lasts. ANNA has taken on all these monikers and survived well.

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Stephen Shay

Crossover Island Lighthouse

Crossover Island is located a bare 1/5th of a mile south of the border, close to the point where the shipping channel crosses the international boundary. The lighthouse was needed to safely guide ships through the cluster of shoals and islands . . .

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Mary Alice Snetsinger

The Story of District #15, Grindstone's Schoolhouses

The upper school house (District #15) was built at the corner of Base Line Road and Cross Island Road, to serve the children at the upper end of Grindstone Island . . .

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Liz Raisbeck

The Westminster Chapel

In 2002, Westminster Park Residents Randy and Mary Hannah Arnot envisioned a chapel for Westminster Park and the greater River community . . .

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Linda Twichell

A Father’s Day Tale or Lifelong Memories of a Used Car Lot

“No, you got a deal,” said Jack Johnson, laughing, taking the man’s hand, feeling the spittle. “I got robbed Marv. You took advantage of this poor boy from Wolfe Island. I can’t feed my family on this.”

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Brian Johnson

Recording History - Schooner Days and the "Picton" by C.H.J. Snider

Author Richard Palmer shares "Schooner Days Project". with C.H.J. Snider's history of the Schooner "Picton" . . .

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
Richard Palmer

Save The River's Kingfisher Septic Tank Monitoring Program

We all remember that Saturday morning when we voted, I think unanimously, that starting the Kingfisher Septic Tank Monitoring Program was not only a good thing to do, but that it was vital to the health of the River.

Volume 16, Issue 7, July 2021
John Peach

“Zipper” - A Classic Express Commuter

Zipper was donated to the Antique Boat Museum by the family that owned and operated the Stroh Brewery. She was donated on the condition that Zipper be commissioned and cruised, and not sit inside the museum among the various collections that the ABM exhibits.

Volume 16, Issue 6, June 2021
Rick Casali

Sunken Rock Light

Marking the largely submerged rock formation known as Bush Island, Sunken Rock is a little workhorse of a lighthouse built in 1847, and still in service today.

Volume 16, Issue 5, May 2021
Mary Alice Snetsinger

The Friends of Springfield House Complex Need Your Help!

The Springfield House Complex of historic buildings, in the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, are in danger of being declared surplus and possibly sold.

Volume 16, Issue 5, May 2021
Brian R. Phillips and Glennda Olivier

Part I: Grandmothers—And Great Aunts—of the Thousand Islands: Frances “Meema” Thompson

Born Frances Thompson, “Meema” inherited Ragnavok Island in Chippewa Bay, which had been purchased by her parents in 1889.

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Callie (Caroline) Quarrier & Hugh Quarrier

Part II: Grandmothers—And Great Aunts—of the Thousand Islands: Caroline Post Wright

Our grandmother, Caroline Wright, was known for many things, but on the St. Lawrence River she could always be identified by her signature white sailor’s cap,

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Tom Robbins, illustrated by Sarah Coate

Part III: Grandmothers—And Great Aunts—of the Thousand Island: Great Aunt Margaret Griffin

My Great Aunt, Margaret Elizabeth Griffin, was the third youngest of the eight children. . .

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
John Kunz

"Red Jacket" Comes to Kingston

"Red Jacket," A Canadian Sailing Legend Comes to Kingston. Peter Milligan, her most recent owner, donated her to the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Robert Mazza

Judge, Senator, Civil Servant, and Attorney – One of Just 45 in US History

A story about the 98th birthday of a statesman who is the only living American who to have served in all three branches of the US Federal government – remarkably, he is one of only 45 men in US history to have achieved that distinction!

Volume 16, Issue 4, April 2021
Cary R. Brick

Camp Life at the American Canoe Association

While the events attracted spectators, the camp itself was a curiosity, as interesting as a circus or Wild West show.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Lynn E. McElfresh

Mark Ellis, the Limestone, and so much more

“Hi, I’m Mark from there” (pointing at Dumfounder). And at that moment, my 30-year friendship with Mark Ellis, long-time River Rat, esteemed yacht designer, and father of the Limestone began.

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Doug McLellan

Jacob Hays, Round Island

Jacob Hays of Round Island was born into an esteemed New York City family. Unlike many of the self-made millionaires who came to the Thousa

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
Linda Twichell