The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Sep 1893

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Capt. Oades Dead.

Capt. John Oades, shipbuilder, died on Thursday at his late residence, Detroit, after a protracted illness. Deceased, the pioneer shipbuilder on these lakes, was born in England seventy-nine years ago and came to this country at the age of four, when his parents settled in Sackett's Harbor, N.Y. Here he received his education and learned the trade of a shipbuilder. He afterwards went into business at Clayton, N.Y., and about twenty-eight years ago went to Detroit. After working for the Detroit dry-dock company for some time he established a shipyard of his own at the foot of Dubois street. His enterprise proved a success, his company having built some of the largest and finest steamers on the lakes. Owing to the sickness from which he suffered for the past two years his business has been looked after by his son, Walter Oades. He left a widow and four children.

p.3 Township of Wolfe Island Council - Aug. 26th - ....Moved by Mr. Garrah and resolved, that the grant of $50 from the county council be laid out to purchase wire for Gillespie and Foley's ferries, and that the township grant $40 for said purpose, Messrs. Gillespie and Foley agreeing to keep the ferry landings in repair....



The schr. Fleetwing cleared for Sodus Point to load coal for Swift & Co.

Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa.

Clearances: schr. Queen of the Lakes, Charlotte; str. Hall, Duluth; schr. Ishpeming, Oswego.

The str. Bannockburn loaded coal at Charlotte and is now in the canal bound for Fort William.

The schr. Ella Murton is now awaiting word to clear for Charlotte to load coal for Hamilton.

The work of pumping out the schooner Julia was finished today by engineer Miller of the fire department.

The steamer Columbian is undergoing repairs at Montreal preparatory to laying up for the season in Kingston.

Word was received here this morning that the str. Rocket, plying between Cornwall and Montreal, went aground in the rapids. The Rocket belongs to the Rathbun company.

The barges aground in Mexico Bay have been released. The barge Ontario is full of water. The entire fleet of barges will be docked and repaired before returning to Montreal.

During the past couple of weeks the schr. Ella Murton has been laying here awaiting orders. Capt. Saunders has had a gang of men busy painting the vessel from stem to stern. A more beautiful vessel now does not sail on fresh water for her size. The stripes are of pretty colors, and at the vessel's stern is a painting of the mason's companss and square and the Oddfellow's links. Mr. Murton, the former owner of the schooner, was one of the highest men in the masonic order, while Capt. Saunders is a member of the Oddfellow's lodge.


Ottawa, Sept. 12th - The department of trade and commerce is preparing a circular on the question of reciprocity on wrecking and towing between Canada and the United States. It is delayed, however, by inability to obtain from Washington copies of instructions to collectors of customs at United States ports. It would appear that the treasury department has neglected to prepare these instructions which should have been issued in conformity with the president's proclamation, bringing the act of congress respecting wrecking into force. Canada has done her part but it seems that fate has decreed many obstacles in the way of getting into working order the law for which humane reasons alone should not be rendered nugatory by a lack of attention on the part of the United States treasury officials.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Sep 1893