Old Sailors of Ciscoe Chasers - Four of Them Are Making Home at Henderson
Of the old seamen who sailed the Great Lakes when the Ciscoe Chasers plied a brisk trade, only a few are left, says the Watertown Times. Four old sailors, all of them past 80, are still living hale and hearty at Henderson Harbor, and they frequently get together and tell tales of the lakes in the days when they took the tiller. Captain henry Harris is 95 and Captain Walter Howard is 84. Peter Lane, 84, and Amos Lane, can recall sailing days and these four are about the only survivors of the Ciscoe Chasers. Captain E. D. Whitney hailed from Henderson.
The following article which recently appeared in The Great Lakes News, was brought in by Captain W. A. Butts, of Henderson:
One by one the old tine sailing masters are passing out. Ports of long ago like Huron and Vermilion where the forest of masts outlined the skies have faded away. Here and there some old timers are still living who can tell of the real old days. Captain Allen, father of Captain Sam Allen, who brings out the new boat for the Pittsburgh fleet, enfeebled by old age, but with a mind as clear today as it ever was is nearing the century mark. Captain Anderson, who recently passed away in Milan, was close to 90. Captain Bill Summerville has long forgotten how old he is, but he has sailed a ship for the romantic Captain Joe DoVille.
At South Chicago Captain Jimmy Channon still holds his own and while he retired from sailing many years ago he has remained in the atmosphere that has made him many friends, and acquaintances in marine and shipping circles.
The redoubtable Captain Whitney, of Ashtabula, hails from the east end of Lake Ontario, where are still living Captain W. G. Howard, 84, Captain Henry Harris, of Woodville, N. Y. , first mate of the schooner Nevada, aged 94. Captain Harris's last ship was the schooner Fontana of the Cleveland-Cliff line. There was Pete Lance, another seaman of the Nevada, aged 84, still hale and hearty, living at Henderson. These men made a record in the summer of 1882 with the schooner Nevada, when she made Chicago from Buffalo in 81 hours.