Intrepid Lake Master Dies at 79 on Farm
Capt. A. R. Hinckley Succombs After Short Illness.
Oswego. - An eventful career as a master of vessels and as a marine contractor on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence river closed with the death of Capt. Augustus R. Hinckley, 79, Tuesday in his farm home at Parishville, St. Lawrence county, following a brief illness.
Captain Hinckley operated a fleet of boats out of Oswego for many years but in the last 15 years, his activities concerned mostlyh marine work, in which he had contracts at ports on the lake and river.
Captain Hinckley began his career 66 years ago. Born on Wolfe Island at the mouth of the St. Lawrence, he took up sailing as a boy. He was on schooners trading up and down the Great Lakes. He became a pilot and later a ship owner.
The Phelps, still is in commission, being the property of Eldridge & Robinson. The craft was rebuilt for service on the Barge Canal.
Captain Hinckley also did considerable salvage work and some of his undertakings were highly successful. In latter years he completed several contracts at smaller harbors. He was preparing to submit bids on projects to be done this season when he was taken hill. One was in connection with the new Coast Guard station planned on Galloup Island.
Captain Hinckley maintained his residents in Oswego for many years, the family home being at East Fourth and Mohawk streets. He moved to his Parishville farm eight years ago. Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harry Place of Rochester. It is expected the body will be brought to Oswego for burial in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery.