The Late Capt. Parsons
Lived In Kingston For Years - Known As A Splendid Mariner.
The news of the sudden death by drowning in Lake Huron this week of Capt. Joseph Parsons came as a grest shock to many in this city where he is well and favorably remembered by many of the older residents. The telegram carried but meagre details of the accident, except that it occurred while the late mariner was out in a small boat on a pleasure trip.
For many years the late Capt. Parsons was one of the most prominent navigators sailing out of the port of Kingston, and is remembered by many of the local sailors as one of the best and most careful. About twenty-nine years ago he left for Detroit, Mich., where his family took up residents, and from which port he sailed American vessels, several times visiting Kingston in the course of his duties.
Since the death of his wife, Sophia Robinson, a few years ago, he had been living with his daughter, Mrs. F. Hovey, in Alpena. The deceased was born in Newfoundland about eighty years ago and during his residence in this city made a host of friends who mourn his passing.
He was a prominent Mason, for fifty-five years being a member of the Ancient St. John's Lodge, Kingston. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. F. Hovey, Alpena, and Mrs. Hiekey, Detroit; and four sons, Herbert and Joseph, Detroit, Dudley, Chicago,and George, Alpena. Mrs. E. Walsh, 433 Brock street, is a sister-in-law. Internment will take place in Detroit Thursday.
The first boat which the late Captain Parsons navigated was the barkentine British Lion, which he sailed for the late Robert Gaskin in the early seventies. he also brought out the schooner Annadale, which like the British Lion had been built at Kingston. This schooner was owned by Crothers [Carruthers] and Gunn. He bought the brig Lafayette Cook from the Calvin Company and hat it rebuilt at Portsmouth* and renamed it the Herbert Dudley, which he navigated on the lakes for some years.
The last vessel he was connected with before leaving Kingston was the schooner Queen of the Lakes, which was partly owned by James Richardson and Company. After moving to the American side he commanded the schooner Ganges of which he was owner. From then up to his retiring from the strenuous sailing life some years ago, he was in charge of some of the finest steel steamers navigating American waters. It will also be remembered that for some years the deceased kept a wood yard at the foot of Princess Street.