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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1877

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p.2 Died - Robert Patterson, aged 75 years.

p.3 The N.T. Line - each steamer arriving at Ogdensburg to be put on Marine Railway for overhauling and painting.

Yacht Race - Kathleen beaten by Zitella which carried more canvas.

In Memoriam

The readers of the Whig will very much regret to learn of the death of Capt. W. Patterson, who passed away last night at the ripe old age of 79 years. By his demise, much lamented as it is, Kingston loses one of its most Christian, esteemed and honoured citizens. Capt. Patterson, a native of Ireland, emigrated to Canada when very young, and first settled upon Amherst Island, alias Isle of Tanty. But he did not long devote his energies to agricultural pursuits. In 1832 he became a mariner, and in that year he commanded the schr. Union, trading on the lakes, and running between Prescott and the far western ports. Subsequently he rebuilt the Union, and called her the Mohawk, but did not long hold her as such, but selling her he became captain of the steamer Commodore Barrie, owned by Mr. Gildersleeve and chartered by the Hon. John Hamilton. He was on this boat when she collided with the schr. Canada off Presque Isle, about 1845 or '46, the steamer being sunk and lost, but the crew and her only passenger, Capt. Taylor, (Marine Inspector, and a warm personal friend of the deceased) being rescued unharmed. In conjunction with others he next built the propeller Ireland, and ran her for a long time; and selling her he and Berry & Co. went into the prop. Oliver Cromwell. While coming from Chicago this boat had a collision with the schooner Jessie, the propeller again being saved. Capt. Patterson must have been discouraged by these accidents, but he was not to blame for them, tho' on the boats and being the captain of them at the time. The last collision occurred while the propeller was in charge of the pilot. Of late years the deceased was Inspector of the Aetna Insurance Company, his district extending from Prescott to Hamilton. He was engaged in marine business, in one way or another, from 1830 until last year, when he retired. He has not been in robust health for some time, but he was in possession of comparatively good health until about four weeks ago, when he became confined to his house, and fourteen days ago became confined to his bed and gradually sank under a complication of diseases. Captain Patterson was not a forward man - he was very retiring in his manner, but a thorough gentleman and a man of genuine piety. He leaves two daughters, one the wife of a Methodist clergyman, and the other the wife of Mr. John N. Glidden, formerly of Kingston but now of Cleveland.


-Sloop Dauntless, from the Cape light.

-The schr. B.W. Folger arrived yesterday with 250 tons coal.

-sch. Gearing, from Oswego, 700 sacks of meal.

-Schr. Jessie H. Breck, from Toledo, 235 pieces of timber.

-Steamers calling since yesterday: Oswego Belle, from Oswego, and Nashua, from Ogdensburg, passengers and baggage.

-the schr. E. Hall went ashore on Gull Shoal last night. No damage done as yet. The captain sent here for aid.

-Steambarge Water Lily, from Cape Vincent, 200 bushels corn. The Water Lily had the barges Gipsey Queen, Elizabeth and Webster, light.

-The str. Rambler ran on the shoals at the head of Carleton Island on her way to Clayton on Monday evening in a heavy fog.

-The schr. British Queen, with lumber from Trenton to Oswego, got aground on the bar outside Belleville harbor on Sunday morning. After a good deal of exertion she was got off and proceeded on her journey in the afternoon.

-The following vessels passed down through the Welland Canal yesterday: Grace Murray, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Southampton, Bay City, Garden Island, timber; Bismarck, do., Kingston, do.; Manzanilla, do., Collinsby, do.; Brooklyn, do., do., do.; M. Merritt, do., do., do.; Hattie Wells, Chicago, Kingston, grain; Ada Medora, do., do., wheat; Winona, do., do., do.; barge F. Russel, Manitoulin, Collinsby, light; H. Benson, do., do., do.; G. Marly, do., do., do.; prop. Alma Munro, Toledo, Montreal, corn.

Currency - Sailor's wages in Chicago are $1.00 and $1.25 per day.

-Water in Lake Superior is two feet lower than any previous year.

-About fifty vessels arrived at Buffalo in one day with 1,500,000 bushels of grain.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1877