The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Canadian Loyalist & Spirit of 1812 (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1843

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To the inexpressile grief of every one connected with the Naval Department in Canada, Capt. Sandom has at length taken his departure for England; nor has the manner of his leaving been the least touching evidence of the highly delicate and gentlemanly conduct exhibited by him on all occasions. The courtesy, and empressement to oblige, he has ever manifested towards those who have had the happiness of being placed under his command, are too well known to require any comment from our pen; but, in tearing himself from those who had been endeared to him by long and friendly association, he has acted in a manner it would be a crying injustice to his amenity of character not to record. - So deep and susceptible was the feeling of the late occupant of Admiralty House, that incapable of going through the trying ordeal of encountering those regrets which a formal announcement of his intention to relinquish the command of the Lakes must have occasioned, he had the delicacy to abstain from giving any notification of his movements - contenting himself simply with ordering the steamers on a cruize, and then suddenly changing their course for Oswego, where he purposed landing, on his route for England. But, not even to this was confined the considerate desire to avoid the pang of parting with those who had so much reason to be attached to him. While the steamers were being got in readiness, he caused some half dozen hands of the boat in which he crossed the Lake, to be despatched to his residence, with a view of collecting together and embarking whatever trifling baggage had not previously been sent off, and this with much secrecy, that few of those on board were aware of the fact.

But alas, concealment could not long avail; nor was it to be supposed that the jealous watchfulness of his desponding crew would, for any length of time, keep from them the knowledge of the severe blow which awaited them. The port of Oswego gained, dismay was carried to the souls of all, as it was announced by the Commodore that they were no longer to be subject to his mild and benignant rule. The parting is described as being most affecting, but what gave a leading interest to the tableau, was the paternal act of the gallant sailor who, stripping himself of his coat and epaulettes, and tying them up with his 'Fore-and-af-ter' (we must be particular and classical) into a bundle which would have done credit to Monmouth street or 'rag fair,' requested that they might be conveyed, with his benediction, to a young gentleman (well known to Captain Drew) who bears his name, and whom he leaves behind him, as a pleasing reminiscence of himself. Then he put on his mufti, as though it were the mourning of his spirit, and landing on the wharf, ordered the instant departure of the steamers; for the grief of so many men pained, even while it flattered him, and he sought to abridge the scene. Slowly even the paddles moved, as if that lifeless yet impelling mass partook of the general sorrow. Engineers, firemen, stokers - all were sick at heart, and many a 'wiper' was wetted with briny tears, and many a tarpaulin was thrown in air, and nearly tumbled into the lake, as the owners cried 'Pleasant voyage to you Captain. Alas! he is gone - that amiable and beloved Boss is gone, and never shall we look upon his likes again.' But he is not gone alone, and what has gone with, or rather what has preceded him, we must take a less melancholy moment to relate - possibly next week.

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Rick Neilson
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Canadian Loyalist & Spirit of 1812 (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1843