The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Sep 1897

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An Old Lake Captain Dead.

The death is announced of Capt. Thomas Pollie (sic - Polley), Stella, aged seventy-five years. For many years he sailed the great lakes in command of some of the finest craft of past years. Retiring from the lakes he settled at Stella, where he opened out a store, which proved a profitable venture. For two years or more he suffered from cancer, which finally had a fatal result. He was one of the finest of men, and must be sincerely mourned.


Capt. Gaskin, in conversation with a reporter, made a fair proposition. He would like all the citizens who have votes on the by-law, and others too, to visit the M.T. Co.'s works, both at their own premises at foot of Queen and Ontario streets, and also where the steel barges are being built for them at the locomotive works, and get an idea of what is going on, of the number of men employed and the extent of the business being transacted. He will be delighted to show all visitors over the premises. He thinks it only fair that those asked to grant a bonus should be thoroughly acquainted with what they are expected to do. The idea of inspecting the works is a good one. It is hoped that many will take advantage of the invitation.


The schooner Acacia, Oswego, arrived in last evening with 300 tons of coal for P. Walsh.

The sloop Idlewild, from a river resort, arrived this morning with a consignment of sand.

The tug Thomson, Charlotte, arrived this morning with two coal laden barges bound for Montreal.

The steamer Spartan, bound down, and the steamer Algerian, bound up, called at Swift's wharf today.

This morning the steam yacht H.P. Biglow, owned by W. Davis, Alexandria Bay, called at Swift's wharf.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Sept. 9th - Down: steamer Nipigon and consorts, Chassel to Ogdensburg, lumber; steamer Glengarry and consort, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer Glidden and consort, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn.

Port Dalhousie, Sept. 9th - Down: steamer Prince, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Kathadin, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; steamer Pueblo, Chicago to Oswego, corn.

p.3 Stella, Sept. 8th - ....Mr. Polley, who has been ill for some time, passed peacefully away last evening. Deceased has long been a resident of the island. He was a devoted member of the Methodist church, and was very highly respected by the whole community. A wife, four daughters and one son survive, all of whom have been at his bedside during the last two weeks....

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Sep 1897