The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1885

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Many Kingstonians will remember the barque Alexander, owned by Capt. Geo. Malone, and over which the Merchants' Bank had a lively dispute. She was high and dry once at Wolfe Island and was afterwards taken to Chicago. The Inter-Ocean says: "She has gone. Hers is the fate of all craft which live beyond the period of seaworthiness. Three years ago she was brought here from some Canadian port, and as soon as her cargo had been discharged she was towed to an untenanted dock in the North Branch, stripped of all her gear, sails, and rigging, and of anything of any value in her hull, and was left there to rot. No claimant for the hull has ever appeared.

She was towed out of the river, thrown high upon the beach, where a firebrand was applied to her decayed timbers, and in a short time only a few charred frames remained of what was once a gallant vessel."

The barque Alexander, burned at Chicago, was built in the 60's by Muir of Port Dalhousie. In 1865 she made a trip to Hamburg and a Russian port. For years afterwards she was in the timber trade. Capt. Hunter owned her for some time. The Bank of Montreal then secured her next and sold her to Capt. Malone. Later the bank regained possession of her and disposed of her to a Chicago man.

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Rick Neilson
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1885