The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, July 18, 1920


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Albert G. Kramer.

Funeral services for Albert G. Kramer, 86, whose body was found in his home, 114 West Seneca street, Saturday afternoon by city authorities after neighbors had reported the aged man had not been seen for 24 hours, will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the undertaking rooms of P.J. Cullinan's Sons.

Mr. Kramer had lived alone for several years, and had consistently refused all aid offered by friends and neighbors, or advice that he enter an institution, or take other means so that he could properly be cared for. In His home he had his workshop, where for a number of years he had turned out exquisitely fashioned ship models. Long before models of ships were considered smart in decorative motifs, Albert Kramer was fashioning full rigged ships, battleships, men-of-war of many nations, each being complete in every detail.

On some of his models he worked for more than a year, patiently carving every detail in rigging and fittings, and the experiences of his youthful years when he was a sailor before the mast on salt water went into the intricate rigging of a number of his ship models.

He was born in Sweden, and as a boy went to sea, sailing to almost every port in the world. He spent several months ashore in Capetown, South Africa, and in 1869, on reaching New York on one voyage, came to Oswego to work in the lumber business, as his uncle, on whose ships he had sailed, had operated lumber mills and lumber ships in Sweden. he had been a cadet in the Swedish navy, and for many years received remittance from his family, who were of the nobility.

He served several enlistments in the U.S. Revenue Service on cutters on the Lake Ontario station. For 20 years or more his only work had been in carving models, many of which were sold for high prices. Scattered here and there throughout his house, which he built himself, are models he built for himself. One is a four-foot replica of the Andrea Doria of the Royal Italian navy, and others are of various sailing ships.

He was a widely read man and in his lifetime had collected many valuable books. He is survived by a son-in-law, Charles Little, of Oswego, and four grandchildren.


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Date of Original:
Monday, July 18, 1920
Local identifier:
GLN.3470
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, July 18, 1920