The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Feb 1893

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Capt. D.C. Pierce, a former resident of Clayton, N.Y., is dead, aged sixty-six years. He began life as a sailor in 1845, and in 1847 became master of the schr. John Porter. He made a trip in 1857 to England in the schr. Dean Richmond. He crossed in seventeen days. Again he took the schr. Kershaw across and on the return trip brought over a cargo of crockery, some of which he sold in Kingston. He afterward supplied timber to build the railway from St. Petersburg to Sebastopol. For use in the transportation of this timber, obtained in Turkey, across the Black Sea, he took some ten or twelve sailing vessels from the lakes here. The work was continued during 1861-3, when without any warning his entire outfit of vessels and other belongings were seized together with the property of the French company, from whom he had his contract, and confiscated by the Russian government for some alleged fraud on the part of the French company in fulfilling their contract. Although Capt. Pierce had a sub-contract from the company and had nothing whatever to do with the government contract, his property was confiscated and remains so to this day, notwithstanding many efforts made to have the damage made good.

Capt. Pierce invented many good things, but made no money out of them. He claimed to have conceived the whaleback steamer, but was circumvented by another. He died at Atlantic City, N.J.

That Notable Trip.

At the division court this morning, John Talbert sued Capt. Saunders and others for an accounto of $11. The account was incurred in January, 1890, the time the schr. Ella Murton took the load of grain over to Oswego for Richardson & Sons. Talbert was one of the crew. Capt. Saunders claimed that Mr. Richardson agreed to pay each of the sailors $15 for the trip. Talbert took sick upon the vessel's return and did not show up for his money. The money was awaiting him. The matter ran on and the first thing Capt. Saunders knew Talbert had entered a suit, through Mr. Shaw, for the account. Capt. Saunders had nothing to do with the paying of the men as Mr. Richardson had made the agreement. Talbert had not applied at Richardson's for his money. As soon as Mr. Richardson heard of the suit he at once gave Capt. Saunders the money to pay to Talbert, but Mr. Shaw would not allow this. The case had to go to court. The only difference is that defendants have to pay costs of court.

Navigation Notes.

Capt. Augustus does not know that he will sail around Kingston next season.

The engines of the prop. Ocean will, this season, be in charge of John Harrington.

The M.T. Co.'s new barge is about completed. The cabin was painted this morning.

Engineer Edward Taylor has been appointed chief engineer of the Hamilton-Toronto steamer Macassa.

The prop. Niagara and the schooners J.G. Worts and Sir C.T. Van Straubenzie are undergoing extensive repairs.

Division Court - John Talbert vs. Capt. Saunders et al - An account for $11; judgement for plaintiff for full amount.

General Paragraphs - In Nicholas Henderson's painting of a fleet of vessels off Chicago harbor the prop. Tilley is depicted making the dock.

John Sergeant, engineer of the str. City of Cleveland, is visiting his mother at Kingston Mills.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Feb 1893