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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs. Aug 7,1884

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We learn by a correspondent that captain Horatio N. Throop, of Pultneyville, Wayne county, died yesterday, Wednesday morning. Captain T. will be remembered by many of our older citizens as prominent in lake navigation. He was master of several large class of lake steamers, and as superintendent of the American line of steamers, which ran from Niagara to Montreal. His age was nearly 80 years.

To Oswego the announcement of Captain Throop's death will come bringing deep regret. Among the many popular men connected with steam navigation of the lakes and the St. Lawrence he was prominent. His gentle, modest, courteous manner, his warm, unselfish heart, his calm, brave and manly nature all were appreciated in Oswego where he was always welcomed with a sincere friendship, which those marked qualities commanded. He had outlived the allotted years of man, but the loyalty of friendship made during a long and honorable career remained with him to the last and this loyalty will do justice to his memory.

The following is furnished by Mr. W. B. Phelps, an intimate friend of the late Capt. Throop:

Capt. Throop has been long and favorably known on lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. He was I think, a native of Pultneyville, Wayne county, N.Y. where he was born about the year 1810. Horatio Nelson Throop was the son of Capt. Samuel Throop, one of the early settlers of that place and commenced his career as a boy sailor at the age of ten years, and was employed on schooners in the lake service in different capacities, as hand before the mast, mate and master. In 1830 he sailed the little schooner Williams, which suddenly sank under him about four miles below Big Sodus Bay, five or six miles from the shore. He was the only one saved, which was done by floating planks and swimming ashore, and which under the circumstances was considered a heroic effort and a narrow escape with his life.

In 1833 he sailed the shooner (as written) Enterprise and other schooners afterwards commencing about the year of 1836 he sailed respecttively (a.w.) the following steamers, Oneida, Telegraph, Express, Rochester, Ontario and the Canadian Europa until 1859, when the property of the Ontario and St. Lawrence steamboat company was divided, and the Ontario steamboat company organized.

He was appointed superintendent of the latter company and acted in that capacity until the sale of their boats to the Canadian Inland navigation company in 1867. He built and owned a number of schooners, among which was the schooner Rival, which is still in commission.

In early life Capt. Throop learned the trade of ship carpenter and turned his attention to he modeling of vessels and naval architecture, in which he greatly excelled. He made the moulds and model of the schooner Ontario in 1847-8 and superintended her construction at Clayton. She came out July 6, 1818 and he commanded her for many years as the crack boat of the line. Captain Throop was a thorough lake sailor, strong in his convictions a man of intelligence and undoubted integrity. Although reticent and unassuming in his deportment, he will long be remembered as one of the ablest of our steamboat commanders during the palmy days of the celebrated American line of American steamers.

In 1867 Capt. Throop, retired with a competency to his pleasant home in Pultneyville, and has since busied himself with building sail vessels, and steam and sail yacht.

Concerning the death of Captain Throop the Rochester Democrat of this date says it was heart disease. He had not been in good health for some time, although his death was unexpected. Yesterday he was to have sailed in the trial trip of a new pleasure yacht which he had just completed. He leaves a wife to morn his loss. The funeral will be held at Pultneyville Saturday afternoon.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs. Aug 7,1884