Courtesy of the Sigsworth family of Newport the following information has been noted from
the account books and logs of William J. Sigsworth, Newport, P.E.I. According to these books Capt. William Sigsworth served on the S.S. St. George from 1918 until it was replaced by the S.S. Newport in 1928 and continued as Master on the Newport until 1948.
Fares collected SS St. George in 1918 - $341.
Oct. 10, 1928 - dredge working today
Dec. 15, 1928 - no ferry running today Capt and engineer in Georgetown taking new ferry boat out on trial trip.
Dec. 17, 1928 - new boat arrived at Newport today.
Dec. 18, 1928 - running new boat.
January 2, 1929 - Capt. Fitzgerald took St. George to Georgetown.
1930 - Began runing April 21
1931 - Crew: William Sigsworth, Master; John Boudreault, Louis Campbell
1932 - April 11 hauled boat into dock ice, not fit to cross
1933 - Malcolm Martel running motor boat on ferry
1935 - Crew: William Sigsworth, Master; Joseph McCormack deck hand; John Boudreault, Engineer; John F. Steele, mate
1936 - Myself, Mother and wife listened to H.M the King make his first broadcast over radio to the Empire. Mother 90 years old on Feb 18, 1936
1936 - Crew: William Sigsworth, Master; Peter McCormack, mate; Daniel Skinner, cook: Louis Campbell, sailor; John Boudreault, chief engineer
1937 - Angus D. McDonald collected 1.65 on motor boat while Newport was on Marine Slip
1938 - Mate Peter McCormack and Daniel Skinner discharged
1939 - Jan. 4 A.A. Johnston buried today
April 3 funeral for Mrs. R.J. Steele
April 6 funeral for A.B. Walker
April 20, 1940 - made first trip, 6 passengers 3 teams
April 21, 1940 - Sunday, heavy breeze, 4 foot passengers
April 22, 1940 - Gail N E with snow storm did not cross - So ends this day
June 18, 1940 - This day begins with strong s.w. wind did not consider weather fit to sail Crew consists of William J. Sigsworth, Master; Edmond Lanteigne, Mate; John Boudreault, Engineer; Alfred Walker, Deck Hand. Left Newport at 3:08 p.m. for Pictou. Wind W w moderating 6:30 Cape Bear abeam wind south and increasing, very rough, decided not wise to carry on so turned back, had to stop engine for 30 min. due to water courses being choked. Arrived at Newport 9:45.
June 19, 1940 - repairs to the pump
June 21, 1940 - 12:45 p.m. left Newport for Pictou. Had good run arriving 7"10 p.m.
June 26, 1940 - got on slip scraping and cleaning ship’s bottom and top sides. Caulkers, carpenters and machinists working, unshipped both propellers, shafts and bearings taken to shop.
July 10, 1940 - sailed for Newport, passed Pictou light at 3:55 a.m. passed Cape Bear buoy at 7:55 a.m., Panmure Island at 9:30, arrived at Newport at 10:20 a.m.
January 12, 1941 - have been running in a track in the ice for several days till this morning, ice all broken up and piled against the wharf on Georgetown side.
January 20, 1941 - Fr. Joseph fay died last night in Edmonton, Alberta
January 21, 1941 - broke ice in dock in preparation for winter
January 28, 1941 - horses crossing between wharves today 9" of ice.
January 31, 1941 - placed boat in winter quarters
February 1941 - dismantling engine
March 1941 - Tom Sloane, Wilfred Victor working putting in port lights
April 1941 - carpenters working in engine room
April 16, 1941 - made first trip at 9:30 a.m.
April 23, 1941 - first car crossed
June 1941 - Crew: William Sigsworth, Master; Peter McCormack, Mate; John Boudreault, Engineer; Alfred Walker, Deck hand Angus D. McDonald, motor boat
June 1942 - Crew: William Sigsworth, Master; Peter McCormack, Mate; John Boudreault, Engineer; Alfred Walker, Deck hand.
February - 1943 Skipper went to Ch’town, on returning found my wife sick and she gradually grew worse until March 18 she passed away in Charlottetown Hospital - William J. Sigsworth
June 1943 - John Murphy began painting all upper works on Ferry.
June 11, 1943 - Boat laid up in preparation to going to Marine Slip Master, William Sigsworth; Mate, Peter McCormack; Deck hand, Alfred Walker; Engineer, John Boudreault and Angus D. Mcdonald running motor boat.
August 1943 - Arrived at Newport with MV Montague from Pictou. Handed her over to Capt. Larson who at once sailed for Geortetown
1944 - William Sigsworth, master; Peter McCormack, Mate; John Boudreault, Engineer; Wilfred Victor, Deck hand
1945 - William Sigsworth, Master; Peter McCormack, Mate; John Boudreault, Engineer; Wilfred Victor, Deck hand
1946 - Joseph Campbell came to work as deck hand
1948 - Crew: William J. Sigsworth, John Boudreault, Joseph N. Campbell Longest serving crew members William J. Sigsworth and John Boudreault having served from 1918 to 1948
Others who worked on the ferry :
Louis Campbell 1929-1931 and in 1936
Joseph McCormack 1931 to 1936
John F. Steele 1935
Alfred Walker 1937-1944
Edmond Lanteigne 1940
Peter MacCormack 1941-1948?
Wilfred Victor 1944-1946
Joseph N. Campbell 1946-1948
This day begins................
And so this day ends
Cardigan River Heritage Center which is Located at
4537 Wharf Road