The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 8, 1891

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Captain "Tom" Collins

The shipping in the harbor have colors at half mast today, out of respect to the memory of Captain Thomas Collins, formerly of this city, who died at his home in Buffalo Saturday night of heart failure. Fewer the lakes were as well known as Captain Collins. He was born in the Fifth ward in this city, 59 years ago. His father was John Collins and the family of children consisted of Thomas, Edward, John and Matthew and two sisters, Margaret and Ellen. When only a boy Captain Collins ran away from home and went to sea, and for a number of years was engaged in the West Indies sugar and cotton trade. While sailing up the River Amazon,South America, on one occasion, the vessel's crew was set upon by native and all were killed, excepting Captain Collins. Returning to Oswego, Captain Collins married and was master of several sailing vessels out of this port. His last command from this port was the bark Cyrus. In 1860 he moved to Buffalo and for several years he commanded vessels on the upper lakes. Retiring from sailing he embarked in the commission and scalping business and made a snug little fortune.

He was a man of a bright, cheerful and jovial disposition and made friends rapidly. To Oswego sailormen he was at all times ready to lend a hand, and no better friend did they have on the entire chain of lakes than "tom" Collins. As a story teller he had no superior, and he was always found surrounded by a jovial set of boon companions. A few years ago he preparatively interested in politics and at one time represented his ward in the Common Council. He was twice married. His second wife and one daughter, Miss Mary Collins, survive him.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 8, 1891