The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1886

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p.1 Personal Mention - Mr. W.E. Bell, 2nd pilot on steambarge Wallace, ashore at St. Marie on 15th.



One of the best sailors that ever walked a deck is Capt. Parsons who sails the schr.

Herbert Dudley, of Kingston. His vessel is one of the staunchest afloat, but I am afraid that Capt. Joe will ask too much of her some time. A few years ago Capt. Parsons made two trips between this port and Kingston after winter had set in and after the lights along the lakes had been extinguished for the season. He made the ventures against the protests of his friends, but luck favored him and he came out all right. A week ago today he crossed the lake from Kingston to Oswego in a heavy north-east gale and blinding snow storm. He astonished all the sailors in port by sailing swiftly into the harbor just at dark, when the snow was so thick outside that one could scarcely see a vessel's length ahead. A less competent man could never have found the harbor in such a storm and the slightest miscalculation would have wrecked the vessel. He left the wharf at Kingston while the gale was at its height, and it is said that his wife and friends entreated him not to attempt the passage. Joe thought nothing of the trip and spoke of it in the hearing of the writer in the most commonplace manner. A week ago tomorrow hundreds of people stood upon the shore and watched a large fleet of these little Canadian vessels enter the harbor. The sea was tremendous and at times nothing would be visible to the watchers on the shore except the topmasts. Nearly every vessel came into the harbor more or less damaged, but the sailors could not see anything in the performance to attract hundreds of people to the beach. They did not seem to realize the danger they had passed through. Every one of the Canadian captains is the hero of many a thrilling episode. [Oswego Palladium]



The schr. Julia has arrived from Oswego.

The first mate of the wrecked schr. Marinette, George A. Preston, was formerly of Oswego and brother of Captains John R. and William H. Preston.

Andrew Peters, of Clayton, married, mate of the schr. Florida, lost his life in a recent gale by being crushed between the tug Gillette, which had gone to the rescue of the crew, and the schooner.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1886