Written by Brian Johnson
posted on December 13, 2014 12:34
Editor’s Note: This is a chapter in Brian’s upcoming book ‘Ferry Tales from Wolfe Island’. TI Life is honoured to publish this excerpt and we look forward to telling you more in an upcoming book review. As always, we thank Captain Johnson who has shared over 30 articles with TI Life over the past six years.
Church Bells and Bonfires
Great anxiety on island. There was no panic however, among passengers. Lead line was used to keep vessel from going on rocks. Steamer America was forced to turn back.
Daily British Whig, December 15, 1916
“William Armstrong was the mate. He used to light the red and green lamps inside so the wind wouldn’t blow the match out. Sometimes he got them backwards when he set them out. ‘What’s the difference,’ he said. ‘They’re both lit!’”