The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Feb 1893

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p.1 Water Works Matters - ....The question of renting the water works wharf came up. Mayor Polson did not see that there was much use renting the premises for fifty-six dollars a year. This was all Breck & Booth paid last year. The wharf cost $8,000..... should rent it for $150 a year; the wharf was built on account of several sunken piers being located there, which would have had to be removed.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. Scott, of the str. Persia, has returned from Montreal.

Capt. Rothwell, late owner of the str. Princess Louise, is now running a large hennery at Collins' Bay. He has 500 hens penned up.

On account of Capt. Hinckley purchasing a large steambarge for the route between Oswego and the bay, Ira Folger will not make an investment. He was looking for an $8,000 boat at Chicago last week.

May Build Another Boat - Capt. Gus Hinckley, owner of the str. Alberta, is talking of building another steamer of 200 tons for the route between Oswego and bay ports. The Alberta did a big business last season. Capt. Hinckley claims to have cleared $3,000. The Alberta towed a couple of canal barges with her. A great quantity of freight is transported on this route.


Captain Eccles, who died in Belleville, was well known around Kingston. He was born and brought up on Wolfe Island and has two brothers now living there - Dexter, a sailor, and Theodore, a farmer. The deceased's father, James Eccles, was drowned between Pigeon Island and Wolfe Island. He had been attending to his fishing nets with a couple of other men when a gale sprung up, capsized the boat and precipitated them into a raging sea. All three were drowned. James Eccles was a very wealthy man, having been most scrupulous all his life. His fortune was divided among his boys.

Capt. Eccles sailed the schr. Bullock for a great many years. He was a shrewd businessman and possessed the sterling character of his father. Some three years ago he went into the coal business at Belleville. At that time the dealers there had formed a regular combine and this sent the cost of coal way up. Capt. Eccles, a philanthropist at heart, went in to put an end to this work. He put in quite a stock of coal and retailed it at a low figure, only leaving himself a very small margin of profit.

Capt. Eccles has one son, Victor, who has been engaged in Kingston most of his time of late. He has been clerk at the City hotel, bar-tender at the Lake View hotel and in other places.

Deceased was a great checker player. When lying over in Kingston it was ever his delight to run up against some of the crack players here, and he generally went away the victor.

The late Capt. A. Eccles carried a life insurance of about $40,000. Last winter coal merchants in Belleville were selling coal for $6 a ton. There was big profit in this, and Capt. Eccles reduced the price to $4.75. The other dealers had to drop down also.

p.4 Death of Capt. Eccles - Belleville, Feb. 2nd - The city was startled, this morning, by the announcement of the very sudden death, at 8:15 o'clock last night, of Capt. Alfred Eccles, through apoplexy. The deceased was widely known, esteemed and respected. He was in his fifty-third year and had sailed and had sailed on our Canadian lakes for thirty years. His last vessel was the schr. Bullock. For the past three years he has been engaged in the coal business here, doing business under the name of Eccles & Co. He leaves a family of four sons and one daughter, widely scattered. The remains will be taken to Wolfe Island for burial.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Feb 1893