The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 14, 1888

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Breck & Booth have chartered the schrs. Eliza White, Julia and Gearing to carry lumber to Oswego. Freight, 80 cents.

On Saturday wreckers recovered the anchor chains and donkey engine from the Oriental, sunk off Port Dalhousie. Yesterday coal pumps were at work recovering the cargo.

A petition is in circulation between Ottawa and Kingston, among the forwarders and boatmen, asking the government to deepen the Rideau canal. The petition has already 1,500 signatures.

Capt. Bailey, for over a quarter of a century connected with the Richelieu and Ontario company's boats, has had to retire from the service, it is feared finally, through cancer of the neck. Capt. Bailey was long commander of the Corsican. Capt. Batten, first pilot of the Passport, has taken his place for the season.

The Late Captain Robert Kent - The deceased gentleman was born in the parish of Inverkeller, Scotland, Nov. 5th, 1801, and went to sea when 10 years of age. He served his apprenticeship in ships, trading between Great Britain and America, and was in that trade until 23 years of age when he came to Prescott and went sailing on the lakes. Prescott was at that time the transhipping point between the lake and the river. He was master of a schooner in 1832 trading between Prescott and Niagara. Niagara was then the principal transhipping and shipping port at the head of Lake Ontario. He visited his native land in 1837 and was there married and returned the same year and settled in Kingston. His wife still survives him. He was owner and master of the schr. Mohawk in 1850 and in that year took a cargo of flour and provisions from Upper Canada to Newfoundland and brought back fish and oil. The venture was the first in that trade and proved a success. He remained in active service on the lakes until 1867 when he retired but continued piloting vessels down the river to Prescott and Ogdensburg up to 1885. He was a good river pilot and a successful master of vessels, never having met with a serious accident or loss. He was in active service on the water for ? years and was the oldest master of a vessel on the lakes.

p.8 Jumped Overboard - cook of str. St. Lawrence, near Sister's Lighthouse.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 14, 1888