The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
An Old Lake Captain Gone
Wayne County Alliance, 23 Jan 1884, p. 2

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An Old Lake Captain Gone
Death of Capt. Pavy, who was a Vessel Master in 1829

Capt. Pavy, an old lake captain, died at his son's residence in Milwaukee, Wis., on Saturday, Dec. 29th 1883.

Capt. Pavy married the sister of Mr. David Rogers, of Sodus Point, and besides his relatives was widly[sic] known in this section. We clip the following from the Evening Wisconsin, printed at Milwaukee.

Capt. Lester Pavy, who died last evening, aged 73 years, at the residence of his son, Capt. Wm. L. Pavy, of the United States Engineer Corps, stationed at this city,has probably been for some years the oldest living survivor of the early lake vessel-masters. He first took charge of the topsail-schooner Adjutant Clitz, of Sackett's Harbor, in 1829, and after that sailed vessels as follows: 1830-31, Gen. Jackson; 1832, schooner Betsy; 1833, schooner Pilot; 1834, schooner Richard M.; 1835, schooner North America; 1837, schooner United States; 1838-40, schooner Hannah; 1841-42, schooner Malcolm. In 1843-44, he was in steamers running between Lewiston and Ogdensburg; in 1845 he commanded the schooner Malcolm, and in 1846 commanded the Toledo. He next superintended the building of the brig Andes, at Toledo, for Lewis & Beardsley, of Oswego. The Andes came out in the Summer of 1848, and he sailed her until 1854, when he took charge of the North Star. In 1855 he sailed the brig Julia Dean, which at that time was considered one of the finest vessels on fresh water. He resigned his command in September of that year, and went into the grain-drying business at Buffalo. The Dean, it will be recalled by old vessel men, was lost in her first passage down after his leaving her, on Skillagallee reef. Like most men who have spent many years in plowing the waves, the captain naturally drifted into the profession of plowing the land, and passed some time as a farmer. During the last twenty years he had suffered from partial paralysis of the lower limbs, and had resided with his son.

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Date of Publication:
23 Jan 1884
Personal Name(s):
Pavy, Lester ; Pavy, William L.
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
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An Old Lake Captain Gone