Kingston Mills (Ont.) to Cape Vincent (NY) – July 30

Quiet this morning when we left our wall, about 8 am6

Down the Cataraqui River to Kingston.


That’s a Martello (Thanks Bearsy) Tower in the foreground part of the ancient defensive system.

We needed our water tanks filled and our waste tanks emptied so made a stop at Kingston Marina, before the bascule bridge.  Some people can get under the small craft opening,


We have to wait for the Bascule to open.  Got the 10 am opening out onto the Lake and immediately turned into the St. Lawrence aiming for Cape Vincent (US water again) .


Ran into some rain and strong winds in the late morning so ambled along in open water until it all passed over.


Slid alongside the village dock in Cape Vincent (population 900) at 2 pm.   Cleared US customs by 2:30


A very pleasant little town, everything handy to the boat, a grocery store (with beer) and a wine and liquor outlet.  Home to a busy little international ferry plying over to Howe Island (Can.)


Another bonus, the St. Lawrence pilot puts out from here.  Here’s a ship coming up and the pilot boat heading out


Pilot goes up, first a vertical ladder then the boarding steps all on the move..


and the pilot boat swings back to shore,

Thousands of those wretched whirling bird killers on Wolfe Island in the background of everything, thought Canadians had more sense.


We also found Captain Jack’s restaurant and bar, one of those places where the food and the people let you know you are home.

Across Lake Ontario to Oswego tomorrow, weather permitting.

Author: Low Wattage

Expat Welshman, educated (somewhat) in UK, left before it became fashionable to do so. Now a U.S. Citizen, and recent widower, playing with retirement and house remodeling, living in Delaware and rural Maryland (weekends).

4 thoughts on “Kingston Mills (Ont.) to Cape Vincent (NY) – July 30”

  1. Howzit LW

    I’m with you on the wretched whirling bird killing machines, talk about a blot on the landscape, ugly.

  2. Soutie, Janus: Wolffe and Howe islands are truly beautiful places, I could not get a decent photograph of either, even though our route meant we almost circled Howe Island, the windmills are everywhere.

    Bearsy: It is indeed a Martello Tower, ( I blame it on the spellchecker) whatever their advantages they must have worked, many of them scattered about the ports and harbours of the world.

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