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Ice: A historic link for Pictou Islanders. The story of the Ice boat during the early 1900s.



In 1934, Charlie Turple ran the ferry service with his boat - Dot. His bad luck started with losing Dot in a storm, and continued with The Dinty, and finally the Jennie R., which he had named after his wife.

Following Charlie's bad luck, Ernest Rankin had a boat built by Stright MacKay Ltd. in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1949. He ran The Pictou Island, until it ran ashore in 1967.

Finally, in 1968 Charles MacMillan ran the Pictou Island ferry the Vera III until 1984. Charles employed his own people to build the boat for him and it paid up for him in the end as he ran it for almost twenty years.


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