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Wolfe Islander Lost in Snowstorm

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!’”

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Joan Russell
Comment by: Joan Russell
Left at: 10:52 PM Sunday, December 14, 2014
Looking fwd to reading the book!
Lynda Crothers
Comment by: Lynda Crothers
Left at: 5:07 AM Monday, December 15, 2014
Ha reading Brian's story as my husband is getting ready to start his morning riding the Wolfe Islander III 5:45 . Love the Ferry stories and the way Brian draws You into the tale. Thanks Brian once again, looking forward to Your book.
Jill Mooers
Comment by: Jill Mooers
Left at: 9:44 AM Monday, December 15, 2014
You always were such a great story teller Brian. Really looking forward to "Ferry Tales"!
Betti Stiff
Comment by: Betti Stiff
Left at: 12:10 PM Monday, December 15, 2014
Fascinating as always!