The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., March 16, 1897

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Andrew Robertson

Captain Andrew Robertson, an old lake vessel captain and well known citizen, died at his home, No. 68 West Eighth street, at an early hour this morning. Captain Robertson was taken ill about a year ago with a complication of diseases and although he has rallied at times his family feared that he was short lived. The immediate cause of death was heart disease with which he was stricken about three weeks ago. Since that time he sunk very rapidly until 6:30 o'clock this morning when death came.

Captain Robertson was by nationality a Scotchman, having been born at Argyleshire, Scotland, 1827. His boyhood and a portion of his manhood was passed at his birthplace. At the age of twenty-seven he cross the seas, coming to this country and after a year or two passed along the sea coast came to this city where he has since made his home. His first voyage on the Great Lakes in the capacity of a seaman was as first mate on the schooner Titan commanded by Captain John Palmer. He quickly learned the great chain of lakes and in his day was considered one of the best and most careful mariners plying a schooner on the lakes. He commanded, among other schooners, the Kingsford, Samana, Lucy J. Latham, Jamaica and Albion. In 1876 he was made harbor master and successfully filled that position for a term.

About twelve years ago he retired from active service. Since then he has commanded the steam yacht Aida, owned here, which made shore pleasure trips in and about this port.

Captain Robertson was twice married. His first wife, whose maiden name was Ruth Glassford, died some 27 years ago. To them were born two sons, Morgan Robertson of New York and William Robertson of Cleveland, Ohio, and one daughter, Mrs. William Sheldon of Ashtabula. In 1876 the deceased married Anna Lent, who with one child, Clara Robertson, survives him.

The deceased was a member of Oswego Lodge F. & A.M. and the Old Volunteer Firemen's Association. By Mr. Robertson's death Oswego loses a good citizen, and an old and widely known lake captain.

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Capt. Robertson was the father of Morgan Robertson {30 Sept. 1861 - 24 Mar. 1915} who was a fairly noted author of sea stories, especially for such periodicals as McClures, Saturday Evening Post, Harper's and Atlantic Monthly. One of his most notable writings was "The Wreck of the Titan," in 1898, which became popular after the loss of the "Titanic" in 1912, as it was regarded as almost a prophecy. His books included "A Tale Of A Halo," "Spun Yarn, "Futility," "Where Angels Fear To Tread," "Masters Of Men," "Sinful Peck," "Down To The Sea" and "Land Ho!" He also wrote a play in 1913 called "Chivalry." In 1914 his works were published in an edition of eight volumes.
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Tues., March 16, 1897
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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., March 16, 1897