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Ice Boat Service Monument

In Cape Traverse on Rte. 10. On December 19, 1827 a new mail service began from Cape Traverse across the icy Northumberland Strait to Cape Tormentine, NB. The ice boat was small, sturdy and fitted with runners so it could be used in water or on ice. Soon the ice boat became standard equipment for the service. With calculated daring, ice boat expeditioners conquered drifting ice and sudden storms to bring passengers and mails safely to land. Until the first car ferry ice breaker began duty in 1917, the Capes Ice Boat Service afforded the quickest and most reliable means of winter communication between Prince Edward Island and the mainland.

Location

Cape Traverse

(Route 10)
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