The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Times and Express (Oswego, NY), Aug 7, 1884

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A dispatch was received here this morning by W.B. Phelps from T. Scott Ledyard, Williamson, N.Y. stating that Captain H. N. Throop died at his home in Pultneyville yesterday and that the funeral will take place there Saturday at 3 p.m. Capt. Throop has been long and favorably know on Lake Ontario and the river St. Lawrence. He was we think, a native of Pultneyville, Wayne Co., where he was born about the year 1810. He 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 as hand before the mast, mate and master. In 1830 he sailed the little schooner Enterprise which suddenly sunk 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, which under the circumstances was considered a heroic effort and a narrow escape with his life.

In 1833 he sailed the schooner Williams and other schooners afterwards. Commencing about the year 1836, he sailed respectively the following steamers: Oneida, Telegraph, Express, Rochester, Ontario and the Canadian steamer Europa until 1850, 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 schooner, among which is the schooner Rival, which is still in commission.

In early life Capt. Throop learned the trade of ship carpenter and turned his attention to the modeling of vessels and naval architecture, in which he greatly excelled. He made the moulds and model of the steamer Ontario in 1847-8 and superintended her construction at Clayton. She came out July 6, 1848 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 America 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 small yachts.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Times and Express (Oswego, NY), Aug 7, 1884