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

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Captain Andrew Robertson

`One of the oldest and best known vessel masters on the chain of lakes passed away this morning in the person of Capt. Andrew Robertson at his home, No. 68 West Eighth street.

For a year past Captain Robertson had been ill with a complication of diseases, but it was not until three weeks ago that his condition became critical. His family were not greatly surprised when he died at 6:45 o'clock this morning. Death was caused by heart disease. Captain Robertson was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, seventy-one years ago this June. As a boy he early developed a liking for a sailor's life, and when quite young learned to sail boats. At the age of twenty-seven years he decided that America offered more inducements for a young man, and immigrated to this country, landing in New York, where he remained for a short time, or until he came to Oswego. Ever since he has made this city his home and was always proud of the country and city of his adoption.

Being a competent seaman, he immediately began to sail the Great Lakes, his first trip out of Oswego being as mate in the Titan, commanded by the late Captain John Palmer. Later he became master and went as captain in the Jamaica, Albion, Lucy J. Latham, Kingsford and other first class vessels. His last command was the schooner Samana, from which he retired about twelve years ago. Since that time he has not done much active work, but has had charge of numerous steam yachts and small boats, among them the Aida and the George H. Hazleton. In his trips through the Great Lakes he became known to hundreds of vessel men and captains from the St. Lawrence to Duluth, among whom he was universally beloved and respected.

In 1876 Captain Robertson was elected harbormaster at this port and served for two years. He never held or coveted any other public office. He was twice married, his first wife, whom he married thirty-eight years ago, having died twenty-two years ago. She was Miss Ruth Glassford, who is survived by three children, Morgan, of New York; Mrs. William Sheldon, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and William J. Of Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1876 Captain Robertson was married to Miss Anna Lent of this city, who with one daughter, Clara, survives. A sister in Scotland also survives him. He was one of the oldest members of Oswego Lodge No. 127, F. And A.M., and of the Volunteer Firemen's Association. The funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. In the death of Captain Robertson, Oswego loses a good citizen and his family a devoted husband and father.

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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., March 16, 1897