History

Ferry Boats: "James W. Curran" and "John A. McPhail" Lost at Sea

The mate grabbed the brake wheel and started leaning on it. “Billy!” he yelled above the din, “Tell the skipper to back down! We’re gonn’a lose ...”

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
Brian Johnson

Preserving Memories During Covid

Nothing will bring smiles and chuckles faster than seeing family and friends from long ago and sharing important memories.

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
David Powers

Recalling the Days of Rafting on the St. Lawrence River

In the 1860’s Canada’s export timber trade rose to its greatest height. Every port on Lake Ontario had its crews of raftsmen in season.

Volume 15, Issue 6, June 2020
Richard Palmer

A Walk in the Parks

When I think “park”, I think slides, swings, and merry-go-rounds. My husband, on the other hand, might think Fenway or Candlestick. But in the late nineteenth century, a "park” was a resort

Volume 15, Issue 5, May 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Ghost Island Affair

Authorities were hunting for a Syracuse man, Dean Hethington, a steel executive of Globe Forge and Foundries, Inc., who had been missing for nearly three weeks.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

The Founding of Westminster Park

A day at Westminster Park will convince any that it is the most desirable summer resort on the River.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Linda Twichell

The Sea Keeper - CSL St. Laurent

Since that day, and my first encounter with the CSL St-Laurent's mural-in-motion, I have learned several interesting details behind the creation of “The Sea Keeper” mural.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Patty Mondore

Shipwrecks Wash Ashore on Lake Ontario’s Mexico Bay

Remains of two ships believed to be the schooners Ariadne and Hartford, wrecked in Mexico Bay during

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Richard Palmer

Centennial of a St. Lawrence Icon

Robert McEwen began his career as a county lawyer. He went on to represent the North County in the NY State Senate and the US House of Representatives for nearly all his adult life.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
Cary R. Brick

Early Families of Westminster…the Fairchilds

I claim Mr. and Mrs. DeForrest Fairchild for Westminster Park because that is where they began their River days and where they ended them.

Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020
Linda Twichell

Excerpts from Elizabeth Gwillim Simcoe's Diary

The following narratives are selected diary excerpts from her family's final journey down the St. Lawrence on their way to Quebec City where they would sail back to England.

Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020
Arthur Pegg UE

Nashville Airport's Look at Two $$$ Boats and Remembering Powers’ Guide Boat from Round Island!

It was the magazine’s “Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Special” issue with pricey advertisements and stories about multi-multi-multimillion-dollar yachts...

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Cary R. Brick

Phat Boy, Thousand Islands Showman

At the time of his death in 1891, Phat Boy, Edward Fredrick Babbage of Rochester, NY, age 51, was regarded as the best tour guide on the St. Lawrence River.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

A Day in the Life of Boldt Castle, circa1934

38 passengers aboard Miss St. Lawrence II, thoroughly enjoying their cruise and eagerly anticipated the upcoming stop at the world-renowned Boldt Castle. The date was August 27, 1934.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Tom King

Dog Tales from Days of Yore

As I troll through the newspaper archives I see that dogs and the River has been a tradition for over a hundred years.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

Patriot Chronicles: The Sad and Strange Story of John Berry

Locally, John Berry was known as an “ardent Patriot,” and he was regarded as a strong supporter of Republican causes.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
John C. Carter

About Mary Island...

Have you ever wondered about Mary Island and the canal that separates it from Wellesley Island?

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Linda Twichell

Stephen Shay - The Wood Shepherd

Stephen Shay, a talented craftsman turns out wooden folk-art pieces under the name, “The Wood Shepherd,” in homage to his past career as a Christian clergyman.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Tom King